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GBSR Book Recommendations 2013

GBSR Book Recommendations 2013

Sentinel Chickens: What Birds Tell Us About Our Health and the World by Peter Doherty

Recommended by: Dr Paul Willis, Director, RiAus

“This is an eclectic look at birds and how they are important to us in so many ways. A thunderingly good read of surprising scope. I also recommend you read Nest: The Art of Birds by Janine Burke in tandem – it harks back to Victorian natural history texts and is a much more personal look at birds, particularly how they feature in culture.”

Makers by Cory Doctorow

Recommended by: Lisa Bailey, Programs Manager, RiAus

“I’m reading this book at the moment for our upcoming book club. It’s a sci-fi look at the open source/hacker culture particularly the exciting world of 3D printing. The geeky characters are funny and the whole book is at the cutting edge of advancing technology. PLUS the book is now available as a free download (in-keeping with the open source themes of the book), which is a huge tick for me!”

COSMOS by Carl Sagan

Recommended by:
Brian Schmidt, 2012 Science Inspiration speaker, RiAus Bragg member and Nobel Prize winner
Prof Carola G. Vinuesa, Former Life Scientist of the Year
Sean Williams, Author

“From the lives of the stars to creation theories, functions of the human brain, and the ongoing search for extraterrestrial intelligence, Cosmos asks big questions. Complex scientific ideas written in an easy to understand way.”

The Beginners Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize by Peter Doherty

Recommended by: Ian Frazer, 2013 Science Inspiration speaker, RiAus Bragg member and 2006 Australian of the Year

“Doherty offers a rare, insider’s look at the realities of being a research scientist. He lucidly explains his own scientific work and how research projects are selected, funded, and organized; the major problems science is trying to solve.”

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

Recommended by: Fiona Wood, 2010 Science Inspiration (October Lecture) speaker, RiAus Bragg member and 2005 Australian of the Year

“A brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection. In The Selfish Gene, Dawkins explains how the selfish gene can also be a subtle gene. The world of the selfish gene revolves around savage competition, ruthless exploitation, and deceit, and yet, Dawkins argues, acts of apparent altruism do exist in nature.”

Pythagoras’ Trousers by Margaret Wertheim

Recommended by:
Professor Bryan Gaensler, ARC Federation Fellow, School of Physics, University of Sydney
Robyn Williams, science broadcaster

“A giant wake-up call to science, pointing out that not only are physics & astronomy male-dominated, but even the way we do science is gender-biased.”

Don’t Be Such a Scientist by Randy Olson

Recommended by: Maryanne Demasi, presenter ABC Catalyst

“After nearly a decade on the defensive, the world of science is about to be restored to its rightful place. But is the American public really ready for science? And is the world of science ready for the American public?”

Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams

Recommended by: Dr Rob, presenter Scope presenter (Channel 10)

“My favourite science book is Last Chance to See written by Douglas Adams. He also wrote the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, which is probably even more brilliant and still kind of science bent.”

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