My new recommended reading list includes great books with math and science at their core. But I did not select the ones of that genre purposely. The following books are just the ones I liked, which helped me look at various things differently. I hope you like them and they will inspire you to go off the beaten path.
Summer Reading Tips and Books to Read
The Vital Question – Nick Lane
The author strives to have people fully appreciate the role which energy plays in everything alive. He argues that people can understand the way the life began and everything on our planet got so complex, by understanding the principles of energy. This book is not only theoretical. Nick Lane provides proofs of his theory. Even if certain details of this book turn out to be wrong, chances are great that his focus on energy will be considered a significant contribution to people’s understanding of where they come from.
Seveneves – Neal Stephenson
This is one of great books to read as its plot starts developing from the first sentence of the book, when the moon blows up. Humankind figures out that in a few years, a meteor shower will be capable of destroying everything on the Earth, so the world unites on a decision to keep the mankind going by launching numerous spacecrafts into the orbit. You will probably lose your patience with tons of information presented about space flights, but I liked all the technical details.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Noah Yuval Harari
The author takes on an intimidating challenge: he tells the whole history of our race in only 400 pages. Besides, he describes our species today and the way genetic engineering will be able to change the humanity in the future. Although there are certain things in this book I disagree with, I would still recommend it to everybody who is interested in the history and future of mankind as it is one of the most interesting books to read in this genre.
How Not to be Wrong – Jordan Ellenberg
The writer describes the way math is used in our daily lives and we do not even understand this. Each chapter starts with a subject that is considered to be burning and straightforward, and then the writer uses it as a jumping-off point to dwell on the math involved. After reading it, you understand that there are always some ways in which we are all doing math, all the time.