November 21, 2016

Introducing a New Feature: Monthly Science Book Review

Posted by Evelyn Mervine

The Comet Sweeper

The Comet Sweeper by Claire Brock

I’ve been negligent with my blogging again. I was in hospital in October and out of action for a few weeks. I’m doing much better now but had to catch-up on a few things, mostly at work! So, my blogging suffered once again. To kick-start the blog again and go in a slightly different direction, I’d like to announce a new feature: a monthly science book review.

I’ve been meaning to read more books about science and the history of science, and I figure that this new blog feature is a great way to prompt myself to do some reading… and also to share some interesting reading with everyone.

Reading one science book every month is also a way for me, in the aftermath of an extremely worrying presidential election result in my home country, to remind myself on a regular basis about the importance of science, today… historically… in geologic time… in spacetime… in all time. If I can keep up the pace, I aim to read a science book a month (and to share the key learnings from that book here) for four years or perhaps longer. I guess I’ll start with a year and take it from there!

The book reviews may be long or short, depending on how much time I have and how much I have to say about the book. However, I’ll do my best to keep up with them every month.

If you have any suggestions of good books to read, please leave them in a comment below.

For December I’ve decided to read The Comet Sweeper: Caroline Herschel’s Astronomical Ambition by, Claire Brock. I’m looking forward to learning more about the life of this important female figure in astronomy history. I picked up a secondhand copy of this book at a charity sale a few months ago, so I’m ready to start reading this evening.