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Given the bounty of great science books this year, we at American Scientist couldn’t resist sharing a few more of them with you—hence, this special holiday edition of the Scientists’ Nightstand newsletter. Plus, we’ve put together an online-exclusive gift guide to help you round out your list.
As always, we welcome your letters and comments. You’ll find us at nightstand 'at'
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New Online: Science Books Gift Guide
What researcher, science buff, or budding scientist wouldn’t enjoy receiving a fantastic new book? We’ve selected more than two dozen books we think grown-up and kid scientists will love and describe why we enjoyed each book ourselves. Whether you’re seeking a gift for a family member, friend, or yourself (we won’t tell), you’ll find some intriguing options
Nightstand Workshop: Books by
What do American Scientist writers and editors do during nights and weekends? Write and edit, of course! We’re excited to see our colleagues’ projects come to fruition and thought you might be interested in checking them out too.
Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, by Bill Nye. Edited by Corey S. Powell,
American Scientist’s senior consulting editor. St. Martin’s Press, 2014. $25.99.
Infrastructure: A Guide to the Industrial Landscape, by Brian Hayes, American Scientist’s Computing Science columnist. Revised and updated. W. W. Norton, 2014. $35.00.
EXTRA: Check out Brian’s NPR
about the book’s first edition.
A Pocket Book of Forms, by Anna Lena Phillips,
contributing editor. Letterpress-printed, pamphlet-stitched book. 2014. $12–$20 (sliding scale).
The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors: A Tale of Architectural Choice and Craftsmanship, by
columnist Henry Petroski, with photographs by Catherine Petroski. W. W. Norton, 2014. $27.95.
To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure, by
columnist Henry Petroski. Belknap, 2012. New in paperback, Nov. 2014. $18.95.
New Books for the New Year
Thanks, fellow bookworms, for reading along with us in 2014!
Just to make sure you’re not starved for reading over the holidays, here are a few free science e-books that have come to our attention recently:
Until the end of December, University of Chicago Press is offering the
e-book version of Swordfish: A Biography of the Ocean Gladiator, by Richard Ellis, for free.
Douglas W. MacCleery’s classic American Forests: A History of Resiliency and Recovery, part of the Forest History Society’s issues series, is free in PDF form.
Trafficking Materials and Gendered Experimental Practices: Radium Research in Early 20th Century Vienna, by Maria Rentetzi, presents a cultural biography of radium and examines the relationship between politics, radioactivity research, and “women’s work” in physics in Vienna a century ago. Check out the
free e-book here
(Web-based, with chapters downloadable as PDFs).
Wishing you the very best in the year ahead. We can hardly wait to learn which books make it onto your nightstands next—and to share with you the books piled up on our own.
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