Get sciency – some books & goodies I loooveOn October 24, 2017 by neurotravels
Due to the surprisingly good feedback I get about the books I snap for my Instagram- posts, I thought I’d start a category of books I read or am reading and some other science – related goodies I love. I will do my best to update this list and add as much as possible!:)
I never used to read more than one book at a time, but at the moment I am so excited that I finally got back to a bit of reading, that I pick up books in random orders and am reading three or so simultaneously 😉
Some of these I did not even finish yet, but still can recommend, without being influenced about their ending 😉 Here we go:
- “Why we Sleep” by Matthew Walker. One of the most recommendable science books I’ve ever picked up! Walker is an aspiring scientist, a great communicator and he makes everything so accessible. I can guarantee, you will learn something new about your bed-time in this book, and you will change the way you think about sleep! I’ve written and extensive post about sleep and the book – HERE
- For the crazy space- lovers: Stephen Hawkings “A Briefer History of Time: The Science Classic Made More Accessible” is a relatively easy version of the theory of relativity (relative!;)), time-space travel, the big bang theory, expanding cosmos and much more! I am absolutely in love with it- a must for lovers of the universe! It includes some good illustrations and fun examples, that help you understand these concepts of physics.
- Interested in decision making and how our brain weighs the evidence? This book (I did not finish yet!) “The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds” is so lovely. It guides you through developments of decision- making models, the failures of our brain and failures of computer machines copying the human brain, why and how we judge unconsciously – including the personal story behind some of
the most brilliant minds behind the research of decision-making.
- Another superb read about decision making and how biased we are using our brain, how wrong we are when thinking about proababilities and making estimations, is “Thinking, fast and slow” from Kahnemann. It is a little big of a heavier read, needs some concentration and is a slow read, but alternating with other books it is really fun, if you are looking for a bit of a challenge. It can change your thinking about how you perceive our everyday decisions!
- Similarly: a book I only started scrolling threw, but got a lot of great feedback from you guys, is Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives. So entertaining! It is a topic I am particularly interested in: whats NOT so great about our brain? What is our brain NOT good at – where are the flaws in the so highly evolved human cognition? Why are we doing some pretty unhandy things sometimes? Coming from decision making (which also is not always ideal in humans;)) this is another fun work that explains what leads us to be foolish sometimes.
- Another beautiful book that I think explains very well how the science-world works (or also: was), is The Common Thread: A Story of Science, Politics, Ethics and the Human Genome. How politics, hard work, random occasions and openness in science led some brilliant minds to the findings about the non-human and human genome (the DNA your made of). I remember, we were hearing about the human genome project in my undergrad – now this book explains all the story behind it. Have a look at this, if you want to get a brilliantly described insight into the lives of amazing scientists and the good and bad of the science world.
AN EXTRA sciency GOODIE, (that is not a book ;)) : I found this beautiful science-jewelry that I love soo much! It has stunning and science-inspired jewellery in store! Check it out if you need a beautiful and high-quality present for a scientist’s degree, birthday or if you just want to treat yourself with a beautiful goodie! They offer some pretty good deals if you subscribe 🙂