Living Math Books

Website with “Mathematical Fiction” books listed

Historical Resources

Online Diary of a Canadian girl in 1900’s

He might enjoy some of Pierre Berton’s books, though not specifically
about British Canada/Upper Canada, including

“Canada Moves West”,

“Exploring the Frozen North”,

“The Great Klondike Gold Rush”,

One of my favorite lists is Nicola’s Canadian history reading list,
in chronological order,

There’s also a good bibliography at the end of this article,

Favorite Canadian historical fiction authors in our family include
Pierre Berton, Jean Little, Janet Lunn, Barbara Greenwood, and
Barbara Smucker. My kids tend to avoid the “Dear Canada” and “Our
Canadian Girl” series…

Marine Science

It's the late marine explorer, Jacques Costeau's, birthday on 11 June. He would have been 99 were he still alive (he passed away in 1997). He was the co-developer of the aqua-lung as well as passionate ecologist, explorer, filmmaker and author. I used to be in love with the man LOL.

For anyone interested, I wanted to share a few related finds on Amazon:

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne (ages 4-8)

The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino (ages 9+)

The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus: Exploring and Conserving Our Natural World by Jacques Costeau

and the highly rated audiobook version,

Intermediate to in-depth: Ms Hakim’s Story of Science,

Gribbin’s The Scientists,

Asimov’s Chronology of Science and History,

Cyril Aydon’s A Book of Scientific Curiosities,

Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything
Less in-depth, lots of pictures/ illustrations: Simon Singh et al’s The Science Book,

Gillian Clements’ The Picture History of Great Inventors,

and The Story of Science by Anna Claybourne, Jane Chisholm, and Adam Larkum.

Check out the latest Outstanding Science Trade Book selections. The reviews for the outstanding Science books are here. Below is the list of the selected books linked to Amazon.
Unifying Concepts and Processes in Science
Science as Enquiry

Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci by Gene Barretta

Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland (Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades) by Sally M. Walker

The Mysteries of Beethoven’s Hair by Russell Martin

Physical Science
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino

Life Science
A Place for Birds by Melissa Stewart
Animals Up Close: Zoom in on the World’s Most Incredible Creatures by Igor Siwanowicz
Crocodile Safari by Jim Arnosky
Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest: Where Birds Begin by Irene Kelly
Flying Eagle by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
The Human Brain Book by Rita Carter
Life in the Boreal Forest by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Redwoods by Jason Chin
Saving the Ghost of the Mountain: An Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia (Scientists in the Field Series) by Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop
Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart
Up, Up, and Away by Ginger Wadsworth
What Bluebirds Do by Pamela F. Kirby
Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Creatures Concealed… and Revealed by David Schwartz

Science and Technology

The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth by Kathleen Krull

Inventions (Insiders) by Glenn Murphy
Secret Subway: The Fascinating Tale of an Amazing Feat of Engineering by Martin W. Sandler

Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone
Lucy Long Ago: Uncovering the Mystery of Where We Came From by Catherine Thimmesh

History and Nature of Science
Earth Heroes: Champions of the Wilderness by Carol Malnor
The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino
Albert Einstein (Giants of Science) by Kathleen Krull
Into the Deep: The Life of Naturalist and Explorer William Beebe by David Sheldon

  • Best Science Books 2009: Scientific American

Galapagos: Preserving Darwin’s Legacy by Tui De Roy and Sarah Darwin

Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle by Michael Benson

The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton, and Antarctic Photography by David Hempleman-Adams, Emma Stuart, and Sophie Gordon

No Small Matter: Science on the Nanoscale by Felice C. Frankel
The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America by Laura Dassow Walls
Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King by Bradford Matsen

Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation) by Kurt W. Beyer

The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures by Nicholas Wade
Green Intelligence: Creating Environments That Protect Human Health by John Wargo
Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life by Scott D. Sampson
Mathletics: How Gamblers, Managers, and Sports Enthusiasts Use Mathematics in Baseball, Basketball, and Football by Wayne L. Winston

Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us about Humanity by G. A. Bradshaw

  • From New Scientist: Best Science Books

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard W. Wrangham
The Natural History of Unicorns by Chris Lavers
Darwin’s Sacred Cause: How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin’s Views on Human Evolution by Adrian Desmond and James Moore
Confabulation: views from neuroscience, psychiatry, psychology and philosophy by William Hirstein
Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention by Stanislas Dehaene

Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity by James C. Hansen
The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius. Graham Farmelo by Graham Farmelo
The Wisdom of Whores by Elizabeth Pisani
Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the World by Tom Zoellner

Cracking the Einstein Code: Relativity and the Birth of Black Hole Physics by Fulvio Melia
Not a Chimp: The Hunt to Find the Genes that Make Us Human by Jeremy Taylor

An Infinity of Things: How Sir Henry Wellcome Collected the World by Frances Larson
Plastic Fantastic: How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World by Eugenie Samuel Reich
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

  • 100 Best Science-y Books

My kids think that The Principia by Issac Newton is one of best Science books ever.

1. Micrographia, Robert Hooke
2. The Origin of the Species, Charles Darwin
3. Never at Rest, Richard Westfall
4. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman, Richard Feynman
4. QED, Richard Feynman
5. Tesla: Man Out of Time by Margaret Cheney
6. The Devil’s Doctor: Paracelsus and the World of Renaissance Magic and Science by Philip Ball
7.The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
8. Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos: The Story of the Scientific Quest for the Secret of the Universe by Dennis Overbye
9. Physics for Entertainment by Yakov Perelman
10. One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science by George Gamow
11. The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by B. Greene
12. Warmth Disperses and Time Passes: The History of Heat by Hans Christian Von Baeyer
13. Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics by Robert Gilmore
14. Where Does The Weirdness Go?: Why Quantum Mechanics Is Strange, But Not As Strange As You Think by David Lindley
15. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
16. A Force of Nature by Richard Rhodes (Unable to find this book, so wondering if it is the book below)
A Force of Nature: The Frontier Genius of Ernest Rutherford
by Richard Reeves
17. Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy by Kip S. Thorne
18. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
19. Universal Foam: Exploring the Science of Nature’s Most Mysterious Substance by Sidney Perkowitz
20.Vermeer’s Camera: Uncovering the Truth behind the Masterpieces by Philip Steadman
21. The Code Book by Simon Singh
22. The Elements of Murder: A History of Poison by John Emsley
22. The 13th Element: The Sordid Tale of Murder, Fire, and Phosphorus by John Emsley
22. Molecules at an Exhibition: Portraits of Intriguing Materials in Everyday Life by John Emsley
23. Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain–and How it Changed the World by Carl
23. Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea by Carl Zimmer
23. Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life (Vintage) by Carl Zimmer
24. Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis
25. The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments (Vintage) by George Johnson
26. Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
27. Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter
28. The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: The Man Who Measured London by Lisa Jardine
29. A Matter of Degrees: What Temperature Reveals about the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and Universe by Gino Segrè
30. The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence M. Krauss
30. Atom: A Single Oxygen Atom’s Journey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth…and Beyond by Lawrence M. Krauss
31. E=mc2: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation by David Bodanis
32. Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife
33. Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold by Tom Shachtman
34. A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin
35. Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions by Lisa Randall
36. Apollo’s Fire: A Journey Through the Extraordinary Wonders of an Ordinary Day by Michael Sims
37. Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott
38. Fermat’s Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem by Amir D. Azcel
39. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
40. Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science by M. G. Lord
41. The Periodic Table by Primo Levi
42. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Timeby Dava Sobel
43. The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe by Steven L. Weinberg
44. The Mummy Congress: Science, Obsession, and the Everlasting Dead by Heather Anne Pringle
45. The Accelerating Universe: Infinite Expansion, the Cosmological Constant, and the Beauty of the Cosmos by Mario Livio
46. Math and the Mona Lisa: The Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci by Bülent Atalay
47. This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin
48. Executioner’s Current: Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and the Invention of the Electric Chairby Richard Moran
49. Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester
50. Pythagoras’s Trousers: God, Physics, and the Gender War by Margaret Wertheim
51. Neuromancer by William Gibson
52. The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios
53. The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump: John Snow and the Mystery of Cholera by Sandra Hempel
54. Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside by Katrina Firlik
55. Einstein’s Clocks, Poincare’s Maps: Empires of Time by Peter Galison
56. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan 56. Cosmos by Carl Sagan
57. The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design by Richard Dawkins
57. The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition–with a new Introduction by the Author by Richard Dawkins
58. The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language by Steven Pinker
59. An Instance of the Fingerpost: A Novel by Iain Pears
60. Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by Edward O. Wilson 61. Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Stephen Jay Gould
62. Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters by Annie Dillard
63. Fire in the Brain: Clinical Tales of Hallucination by Ronald K. Siegel
64. The Lives of a Cell by Lewis Thomas
65. Coming of Age in the Milky Way by Timothy Ferris
65. The Whole Shebang: A State-of-the-Univers… Report by Timothy Ferris
66. Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming by Chris Mooney
67.The Carbon Age: How Life’s Core Element Has Become Civilization’s Greatest Threat by Eric Roston
68. The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanicsby Leonard Susskind
69. Copenhagen by Michael Frayn
70. From Earth To The Moon by Jules Verne
71. Gut Symmetries by Jeanette Winterson
72. Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick
73. Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John Allen Paulos
74. The Physics of Nascar: The Science Behind the Speed by Diandra Leslie-Pelecky
75. Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein by Abraham Pais
76. The Physics of the Buffyverse by Jennifer Ouellette
77. King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, the Man Who Saved Geometry by Siobhan Roberts
78. Atoms, Electrons, and Change: A Scientific American Library Book by P. W. Atkins
79. The Chemical History of a Candle by Michael Faraday
80. The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth by Tim F. Flannery
81. Ice: The Nature, the History, and the Uses of an Astonishing Substance by Mariana Gosnell
81. Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World’s Highest Mountains by Mark Bowen
82. Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe by Simon Singh
83. The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why by Amanda Ripley
84. The Black Cloud by Fred Hoyle
85. The Gifts Of Athena by Joel Mokyr
86. Conflict in the Cosmos: Fred Hoyle’s Life in Science by Simon Mitton
87. Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life by Nick Lane
88. ORIGINS by Neil de Grasse Tyson
89. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert
90. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
90.The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal by Jared Diamond
91. Energy at the Crossroads: Global Perspectives and Uncertainties by Vaclav Smil
92. Perfect Symmetry: The Accidental Discovery of Buckminsterfullerene by J. E. Baggott
93. Genome by Matt Ridley
94. Why We Run: A Natural History by Bernd Heinrich
95. Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo by Sean B. Carroll
96. Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth by Andrew H. Knoll
97. The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan
98. The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery by D. T. Max
99. The Same and Not the Same by Roald Hoffmann
100. Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos by M. Mitchell Waldrop
101. Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
102. The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century’s On-line Pioneers by Tom Standage
103. Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age by Duncan J. Watts
104. The Control of Nature by John McPhee
105. Dune by Frank Herbert
106. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
107.Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough
108. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution by Paul Hawken,
109. The Constants of Nature: The Numbers That Encode the Deepest Secrets of the Universe by John D. Barrow
110. The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex by Murray Gell-Mann
111. Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life by David Harry Grinspoon
112. The Diamond Makers by Robert M. Hazen
113. Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut
114. Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, & the Economic World by Kevin Kelly
115. Hell and High Water: Global Warming–the Solution and the Politics–and What We Should Do by Joseph J. Romm
116.Wine of Life and Other Essays on Societies, Energy and Living Things by Harold Morowitz
117. Life As a Geological Force: Dynamics of the Earth (Commonwealth Fund Book Program) by P. Westbroek
118. Neftyanaya promyshlennost v Pennsylvannii i na Kavkase, Dmitri Mendeleev
119. The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman

Note: My kids are working on their TOP 100 Science Book list which I hope to post here later.

Bad science by Ben Goldacre; Shortlisted for the General Prize
Decoding the heavens: Solving the mystery of the world’s first computer byJo Marchant; Shortlisted for the General Prize
Ice, mud and blood – Lessons from climates past byChris Turney; Longlisted for the General Prize
Living with Enza: The forgotten story of Britain and the great flu pandemic of 1918 by Mark Honigsbaum; Longlisted for the General Prize
Microcosm: E. coli and the new science of life byCarl Zimmer; Longlisted for the General Prize
Physics for future presidents: The science behind the headlines by Richard A Muller; Longlisted for the General Prize
Quantum: Einstein. Bohr and the great debate about the nature of reality by Manjit Kumar; Longlisted for the General Prize
Strange fruit: Why both sides are wrong in the race debate by Kenan Malik; Longlisted for the General Prize
The age of wonder: How the Romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science by Richard Holmes; Winner of the General Prize
The drunkard’s walk: How randomness rules our lives by Leonard Mlodinow; Shortlisted for the General Prize
The universe in a mirror: The saga of the Hubble Space Telescope and the visionaries who built it by Robert Zimmerman; Longlisted for the General Prize
What the nose knows: The science of scent in everyday life by Avery Gilbert; Shortlisted for the General Prize
Your inner fish: The amazing discovery of our 375-million-year-old ancestor by Neil Shubin; Shortlisted for the General Prize


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