5 August 2016

Three Great Popular Science Books (and a bonus 4th)

Posted by Dan Satterfield

I have not made any book recommendations lately, so it is high time I do. First for my fellow atmospheric science geeks (and those who have a math/physics background), the Tropical Meteorology textbook that was produced by Met-Ed (COMET) is excellent (you will need to register, but it’s free) and I have been enjoying it. I finally have my head around equatorial Kelvin waves! Even high school students (who have had AP Calculus) will get a lot out of it.

Now, three popular science books that are quite good, and well worth a read. I will also add a bonus 4th at the end that I have not read, but it looks REALLY good. Click the image to go to Amazon, or better yet, visit your local library to see if they have it ( I love being able to download digital books from the library onto my iPad now, ain’t technology grand!). They are in no particular order. Click the image to read more about them on Amazon.

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Adam Sobel’s book gives the non meteorologist a real glimpse into the type of thinking forecasters use when making an important forecast. The Invention of Science grabs me because of a professor I had at Okla. Univ. in the late 1970’s. He left me with a lifelong love of the History of Science, and taught me valuable lessons in critical thinking.

The bonus book is 13.8 by John Gribbin. I have not started it yet, but a YouTube video of Astrophysicist Gribbin talking about the subject of his book is fascinating. I’m a huge astronomy/cosmology fan, and his telling of the history of the 20th century and 21st century discoveries is superb. All of these books are about the same thing, and that is how we know, what we know. That story, is what makes the real world better than any fictional story.

Watch his talk below: