“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything”
Reading books has always been associated with great feats and science books are considered one of the all-time favorites. Science has been the core focus of literature for many years. Now though, writers like Dan Brown are taking fiction writing to another level by infusing a bit of science into it. With this article, we wanted to highlight some incredible science books for avid readers. Here are the best science books of 2019 you need to check out:
Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of Machinery
This book by Hannah Fry talks about driverless cars, robot customer service desks and major tech companies stealing our data. It’s a scary new world out there but if the thought of it all makes you want to delete your social media accounts and throw your mobile phone off a cliff, take a deep breath and read this first.
The mathematician, television host and all-round friendly face of data studies, Hannah Fry, makes a convincing case for how artificial intelligence can be used to help improve our world when used responsibly. She explains in simple, conversational terms recent worrying episodes such as the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but makes them entertaining too.
Above all, Hello World serves the author’s mantra that the more transparent we are about how technology is used, and the more educated people become in using it, the safer we will be in years to come. It is an insightful book which can benefit almost anyone as half of the population uses some kind of technology nowadays.
The Book of Humans: A Brief History of Culture, Sex, War and the Evolution of Us
It’s a very human trait to believe that we are special as a species and in many ways, we are, writes the prolific author and geneticist Adam Rutherford. However, in many ways, we are not, as there are billions of us and many of the characteristics that show off our intelligence as a species; starting fires, sex for pleasure, development of languages, to name a few are also shared by animals.
He poses the unnerving existential question: what is it that makes us all human after all?
The inference he comes up with is largely based around our unique social skills, which for frequent readers of Rutherford and other anthropological authors may seem slightly underwhelming. But it is his story writing that makes his book a page-turner, and it’s a challenge for everyone not to learn something astonishing along the way.
The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees
This debut by journalist and fifth-generation beekeeper Meredith May is a captivating read, detailing how she became drawn to the order of beekeeping as a reprieve from an unstable childhood. Besides May, her beekeeper grandfather and the bees themselves are also the stars of this story.
This book tells us about how a small tiny winged bee contributes to the world’s natural phenomenon. It also sheds light on how bees are important to our ecosystem.
Science is something that is inevitable for any existential being. These books highlight the existence of humans, creatures contributing to our ecosystem, the bolstered role of machinery in human life and much more. They are an exciting read for those who are truly science freaks.