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Posts tagged with "Young Adult"

  • Darwin’s Backyard

    At Down House in Kent, Charles Darwin is instructing his manservant Parslow to lower another dead pigeon into a foul-smelling pot. It is February 1856. Darwin is 47 years old. Endlessly curious, he has begun to suspect that the skeletons of different pigeon varieties will support his secretly held ideas about how species are related… Read More
  • Caesar’s Last Breath

    The word “gas” appropriately comes from the Greek word for chaos (khaos): Within these intangible substances are trillions of tiny particles flying around at hundreds of miles an hour, forcefully slamming into each other and ricocheting away in random directions. Yet, because gases are invisible to the naked eye, it is often easy to forget… Read More
  • Quakeland

    The magnitude 5.8 earthquake that shook western Montana on 6 July 2017 is a reminder that earthquakes in the United States are not limited to the Pacific’s “rim of fire.” In Kathryn Miles’s book Quakeland, she begins by recounting a 1959 magnitude 7.5 earthquake that occurred in this same region. The Hebgen Lake earthquake, as… Read More
  • How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog)

    How to Tame a Fox is the true story of a modern-day attempt to domesticate an animal. The experiment was the brainchild of Dmitry Belyaev, a Soviet geneticist who recruited Lyudmila Trut, one of the coauthors of this book, to help him tame wild foxes in the late 1950s in an attempt to replicate the… Read More
  • The non-expert’s guide to modern physics

    Age Range: Young Adult Grade Level: 9 – 12 To the average person, physics is likely either a subject struggled through in school or an abstract set of theories behind mind-blowing hypotheses about the universe. Carlo Rovelli’s short book is designed to help the novice understand not just the basics of the primary physical theories but the… Read More
  • Bringing back the dead

    Age Range: Young Adult Grade Level: 9 – 12 The idea of genetically resurrecting animals long vanished from the Earth seems at once familiar and fantastic. Jurassic Park popularized the concept and fired the imaginations of millions, but the dinosaurs’ human creators came off rather more one-dimensional, primarily motivated by greed and hu… Read More
  • Microscopic mammalian anatomy shines in a visual guide to cell biology

    Age Range: Young Adult Grade Level: 9 – 12 If you want a lovely coffee-table book about basic cell biology, you could do worse than The Cell. The book is very beautifully illustrated. (We cell biologists do love a good picture, after all.) Offering highlights from the history of the study of cells, the book reminds us… Read More