For those who like to plan their reading in advance, I’m lining up some books for the future. We’re starting Irrelgion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don’t Add Up by John Allen Paulos this week (note the new icon on the sidebar!), and we’ve already got some lighter fare on the schedule, but some good suggestions for other books are always welcome!
- April: How to Fossilize Your Hamster: And Other Amazing Experiments for the Armchair Scientist by Mick O’Hare
- May: Ghost: A Novel by Alan Lightman
Below the fold are a couple of interesting books we might read this summer. Any other suggestions? (Any good graphic novels? I think that would be fun.)
Suggested by skepchick reader Josh:
I recently noticed a book that I think would be a perfect subject for the Skepchick book club. It’s called The Caveman Mystique: Pop-Darwinism and the Debates Over Sex, Violence, and Science. As the title implies, it sits at an interesting crossroads between science and feminism in that it sets out to debunk some of the ridiculous (and discredited) evo-psych claims that reinforce standard reactionary attitudes about gender relations.
I haven’t read it myself, so I can’t really say whether it succeeds at all that. But the subject matter is at least intriguing and, I think, important to talk about. Here’s an author interview for more info.
Suggested by Chris Mooney:
The Best Global Warming Book I’ve Ever Read…and I have read a lot of them, including Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and Elizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes from a Catastrophe.
Nevertheless, the book I just reviewed in the latest New Scientist–Gabrielle Walker and Sir David King’s The Hot Topic–trounces them all. This it does by being simultaneously more comprehensive, and less ideological, than any other global warming book I’m aware of.