Book Review: “The Songs of Trees” by David George Haskell

The Songs of Trees takes the reader on a journey around the world, pausing in ten different places to focus on an individual tree and its surroundings. The trees are, in order, Ceibo, Balsam Fir, Sabal Palm, Green Ash, Hazel, Redwood and Ponderosa Pine, Cottonwood, Callery Pear, Olive, and Japanese White Pine. What makes The …


Book Review: “Women in Science” by Rachel Ignotofsky

"Women in Science" by Rachel Ignotofsky is a delight to read. Educational, empowering, and beautifully illustrated, this book would make a great gift for scientists of any age and gender. The book features the accomplishments of 50 women who made contributions to the STEM fields. Household names like Rosalind Franklin and Jane Goodall get their …

Book Review: “Neurotribes” by Steve Silberman

Neurotribes, by Steve Silberman, may be one of the most controversial books of the decade. In a nutshell, Neurotribes is about the “Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity” (as stated on the cover of the book). What is “neurodiversity,” you may ask? Neurodiversity is more than just a word, it’s a paradigm. It stands for the idea that there is a large amount of variation in individual brain function and behavioral traits in the human population, and that this variation is both normal and natural.

Book Review: ‘Bonk’ by Mary Roach

Mary Roach is not a scientist. However, despite (or perhaps because of?) her lack of formal scientific training, Ms. Roach writes about science better than most of the scientists I know. Each of her books looks at the science behind a single topic, digging into vast fields of research and presenting her findings to a general audience. She has a talent for finding peculiar facts, and a stomach of steel when it comes to her research. * Her third book (and my personal favorite), Bonk, is a delight to read.

Book Review: ‘Lab Girl’ by Hope Jahren

“There is nothing in the world more perfect than a slide rule,” begins Hope Jahren’s first book. Even if you disagree with that statement, * Lab Girl is a delight to read, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about scientific research.