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YALSA RECOMMENDATIONS: Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Science & Technology

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The disappearing spoon : and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements

Kean, Sam.

546 KEAN

Elements are more than just protons and electron shells; they are the sources of practical jokes and obsessions, bitter disputes and great adventures. From hydrogen to ununoctium, Kean explains the elemental joys of the building blocks of chemistry with humor and verve.


Brilliant blunders : from Darwin to Einstein-- colossal mistakes by great scientists that changed our understanding of life and the universe

Livio, Mario, 1945-

500 LIVIO

Even the greatest scientists had bad days. In this book, Livio explores how some of the world’s greatest scientific minds missed the mark, but led to greater discoveries.


The Ask and the Answer

Ness, Patrick, 1971-

TEEN NESS

When Todd and Viola are forced to leave everything familiar behind, their flight across their newly settled planet triggers a long-simmering conflict. Ness explores xenophobia, colonialism, war, reconciliation, and control of access to technology in this gripping trilogy.


The knife of never letting go

Ness, Patrick, 1971-

TEEN NESS

When Todd and Viola are forced to leave everything familiar behind, their flight across their newly settled planet triggers a long-simmering conflict. Ness explores xenophobia, colonialism, war, reconciliation, and control of access to technology in this gripping trilogy.


Monsters of men

Ness, Patrick, 1971-

TEEN NESS

When Todd and Viola are forced to leave everything familiar behind, their flight across their newly settled planet triggers a long-simmering conflict. Ness explores xenophobia, colonialism, war, reconciliation, and control of access to technology in this gripping trilogy.


Feynman

Ottaviani, Jim.

BIO FEYNMAN OTTAVIA

Get to know perhaps the most famous personality of nuclear physics: the bongo-playing, safe-cracking, defiantly curious Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman in this meticulously researched graphic biography.


Spillover : animal infections and the next human pandemic

Quammen, David, 1948-

614.43 QUAMMEN

Viruses are everywhere—mutating, hiding, waiting. When they cross over from animals to humans, they can cause some of the scariest—and most lethal—diseases (AIDS, Spanish flu, rabies, Ebola). Follow viral detectives as they try to solve these infectious mysteries and prevent the next human pandemic.


Packing for Mars : the curious science of life in the void

Roach, Mary.

571.0919 ROACH

Mary Roach asks all the important but practical questions: How do you digest your lunch in space? Go to the bathroom? Get away from a crewmember who’s driving you nuts? With her trademark humor and indefatigable curiosity, she looks hard at why humans, who are fundamentally not built for outer space, insist on risking their lives by heading for the stars.


The signal and the noise : why so many predictions fail-- but some don't

Silver, Nate, 1978-

519.542 SILVER

Who will win the Super Bowl? Will the stock market rise or fall? Explore the world of prediction science and learn to turn information into knowledge you can use to successfully plan for the future.


The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks

Skloot, Rebecca, 1972-

616.0277 SKLOOT

Henrietta Lacks had no idea that her cells would lead to science’s greatest medical breakthroughs, nor did her family have any idea that her cells are still be alive today. Skloot explores the ethics of the scientists who first used Lacks’s cells and discovered that they would live forever, as well as the impact of the family’s discovery that her cells were alive and being used without the family’s permission.


My beloved Brontosaurus : on the road with old bones, new science, and our favorite dinosaurs

Switek, Brian.

567.9138 SWITEK

Dinosaurs may have died millions of years ago, but new discoveries and theories are continually changing the way we look at and understand the giant reptiles.


Lost discoveries : the ancient roots of modern science-- from the Babylonians to the Maya

Teresi, Dick.

509.3 TERESI

Modern science and math didn’t start with Newton or Galileo, or even the Ancient Greeks. From around the world and over millennia, curious minds in diverse cultures made fabulous discoveries in fields from math to physics, astronomy to chemistry.


The toaster project : or a heroic attempt to build a simple electric appliance from scratch

Thwaites, Thomas, 1980-

683.83 THWAITE

How hard do you think it is to smelt iron? Make plastic? Create wiring? Thwaites’s simple goal—to make himself a cheap mechanical toaster—ends up a frequently frustrating and hilarious look at just how far we are from being able to manufacture the everyday items we take for granted.


Pluto. 001 : Urasawa x Tezuka

Urasawa, Naoki, 1960-

FIC URASAWA

A re-entry into the world of Osamu Tezuka’s legendary 1964 classic Astro Boy, Pluto follows the clever, conflicted investigator Gesicht as he tracks down the terrorist who has sent an invincible robot to execute the seven best robots in the world.


The ghost with trembling wings : science, wishful thinking, and the search for lost species

Weidensaul, Scott.

591.68 WEIDENS

Approximately 30,000 species of animals and plants go extinct every year. Follow Weidensaul around the globe to places such as Madagascar, Indonesia, and Peru, as he pursues stories of extinction and, surprisingly, resurrection.


Biopunk : solving Biotech's biggest problems in kitchens and garages

Wohlsen, Marcus.

660.6 WOHLSEN

Can the cure for cancer be found in your kitchen? In Biopunk, Wohlsen sheds light on a new community of DIY scientists working outside the walls of corporations and universities to solve the world’s biggest problems and to “open source” the basic code of life.


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