Summer Science Reading

The end of summer approaches and in a few weeks all the schools and universities will have started up, and with it all the beach books will be put away in favour of textbooks. So I’m interested in finding out about what science books people read over the summer.

I have often reviewed books here as part of my blog, and for this entry, I provide an overview of those books. What topic do you prefer? Do you identify as a “green” person who prides themselves on being environmentally friendly? Check out Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth by James Lovelock.

Or perhaps you, like me, are obsessed with what the marriage of ancient DNA and genetic engineering can mean for bringing back extinct species. Then have a read of Beth Shapiro’s book How to Clone a Mammoth.

Are you more philosophically inclined? Get the low down on the Philosophy of Science. Are you a sceptic in need of food for thought- judge the evidence for yourself on The Sense of Being Stared At by Rupert Sheldrake.

Over to you now- what was the last science book you read? What non-fiction book demanded your attention on the beach?

Danae Dodge

I received my PhD in Scientific Archaeology from the University of Sheffield in 2011 which specialised in ancient DNA and anthropology. For my profile, see my websites: I started getting involved in Science Brainwaves as a volunteer in 2010. I have volunteered at presentations, events (such as the British Science Festival in 2011) and even participated in the Science is Vital protest march in October 2010. My first blog for Science Brainwaves was "Ancient Humans: Who were they? And who got it on?" which was the written version of a talk I gave for the Natural History Society at the University of Sheffield on 5 December 2011. I also have a public engagement page dedicated to ancient DNA, which I encourage both the public and specialists to join: