"Introducing the Ancient Greeks", by Edith Hall - Who were the ancient Greeks? They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. But what was it about them that enabled them to achieve such titanic leaps forwards in civilization? This introduction unveils a civilization and a people of astounding complexity.

"Introducing the Ancient Greeks", by Edith Hall - Who were the ancient Greeks? They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. But what was it about them that enabled them to achieve such titanic leaps forwards in civilization? This introduction unveils a civilization and a people of astounding complexity.

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot  - Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells-taken without her knowledge-became one of the most important tools in medicine'. A compelling read. Mixture of social history, human scientific endeavour and family memoir.

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot. Compelled and outraged, this book about the immortal cells of HeLa left me gobsmacked at the scientific community and the injustice of a family left to fight for their mother’s biological heritage

"The Invention of Nature: the adventures of Alexander von Humboldt", by Andrea Wulf - Alexander was an intrepid explorer, his restless life packed with adventure and discovery. Wulf shows how Humboldt created our understanding of the natural world, and champions a renewed interest in this vital player in environmental history and science.

"The Invention of Nature: the adventures of Alexander von Humboldt", by Andrea Wulf - Alexander was an intrepid explorer, his restless life packed with adventure and discovery. Wulf shows how Humboldt created our understanding of the natural world, and champions a renewed interest in this vital player in environmental history and science.

"Musicophilia", by Oliver Sacks - What goes on in human beings when they make or listen to music? What is it about music, what gives it such peculiar power over us, power delectable and beneficent for the most part, but also capable of uncontrollable and sometimes destructive force? This book explores, the myriad dimensions of our experience of and with music.

Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

"I contain multitudes : the microbes within us and a grander view of life", by Ed Yong - Every animal, whether human, squid, or wasp, is home to millions of bacteria and other microbes. Many people think of microbes as germs to be eradicated, but those that live with us—the microbiome—build our bodies, protect our health, shape our identities, and grant us incredible abilities. In this astonishing book, Ed Yong takes us on a grand tour through our microbial partners.

A science book recommendation: I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong

"We are all stardust : scientists who shaped our world talk about their work, their lives, and what they still want to know", by Stefan Klein - In this collection of intimate conversations with 19 of the world’s best-known scientists, Stefan Klein lets us listen in as today’s leading minds reveal what they still hope to discover — and how their paradigm-changing work entwines with their lives outside the lab.

The winners of the Australian Book Design Awards will be announced on Friday 13 May.

"Lab girl: a story of trees, science and love", by Hope Jahren - Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil.  Jahren's descriptions of her work, her intense relationship with the plants, seeds and soil she studies, and her insights on nature enliven every page of this thrilling book.

Read a free sample or buy Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. You can read this book with iBooks on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.

"The boy who played with fusion : extreme science, extreme parenting, and how to make a star", by Tom Clynes - By the age of 11, Taylor Wilson had mastered the science of rocket propulsion. At 13, his grandmother's cancer diagnosis drove him to investigate medical uses for radioactive isotopes. And at 14, Wilson became the youngest person in history to achieve nuclear fusion.

The boy who played with fusion: extreme science, extreme parenting and how to make a star 24 February 2016 Tom Clynes Faber & Faber 2015

"The Radioactive Boy Scout: the frightening true story of a whiz kid and his homemade nuclear reactor", by Ken Silverstein - David Hahn was fascinated by science. While working on his Atomic Energy badge for the Boy Scouts, David's obsessive attention turned to nuclear energy. Throwing caution to the wind, he plunged into a new project: building a nuclear breeder reactor in his backyard garden shed.

The Radioactive Boy Scout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid and His Homemade Nuclear Reactor by Ken Silverstein. It's a great summer read for science geeks!

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