Book of the Month

BOM Book Image Book Title Author(s) Description Contributor


Stefan Zweig

The Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521) is one of the most famous navigators in history - he was the first man to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, and led the first voyage to circumnavigate the globe, although he was killed en route in a battle in the Philippines.
In this biography, Zweig brings to life the Age of Discovery by telling the tale of one of the era's most daring adventurers. In typically flowing and elegant prose he takes us on a fascinating journey of discovery ourselves.

T. Beltaos

Nikola Tesla for Kids: His Life, Ideas, and Inventions, with 21 Activities

Amy M. O'Quinn

Finalist for the 2020 AAAS / Subaru SB&F Excellence in Science Book exemplify outstanding and engaging science writing and illustration for young readers.


Mira Colic


Hermann Hesse

Herman Hesse's classic novel has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers. In this story of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment. Hesse synthesizes disparate philosophies--Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism--into a unique vision of life as expressed through one man's search for true meaning.

George Taylor

The Invention of Science

David Wootton

We live in a world transformed by scientific discovery. Yet today, science and its practitioners have come under political attack. In this fascinating history spanning continents and centuries, historian David Wootton offers a lively defense of science, revealing why the Scientific Revolution was truly the greatest event in our history.


Dr. Elaine Beltaos-Kerr

Tesla's Words: A Stunning Utopia of the Future

Ellis Oswalt

Tesla's Words is a creative non-fiction book that utilizes exhaustive research to enrich a classic text with additional information, context, and immersive flare in order to highlight previously unexplored aspects of Nikola Tesla's life and also reinforce his genius. The book offers an informative experience that is easy to enjoy and guides the reader on an extraordinary voyage of Tesla's actual words.

Lillian D. Beltaos

A Feast of Science: Intriguing Morsels from the Science of Everyday Life

Dr. Joe Schwarcz

An entertaining and digestible volume that demystifies science, from the author of over a dozen bestselling popular science books. [] It has many interesting short pieces about Science and in this case, one about Tesla. [Dr. Martin Connors]

Dr. Martin Connors


Matt Ridley

Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

The genome's been mapped. But what does it mean? 

Arguably the most significant scientific discovery of the new century, the mapping of the 23 pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome raises almost as many questions as it answers - questions that will profoundly impact the way we think about disease, about longevity, and about free will. Questions that will affect the rest of your life. 

Genome offers extraordinary insight into the ramifications of this incredible breakthrough. By picking one newly discovered gene from each pair of chromosomes and telling its story, Matt Ridley recounts the history of our species and its ancestors from the dawn of life to the brink of future medicine. 

From Huntington's disease to cancer, from the applications of gene therapy to the horrors of eugenics, Matt Ridley probes the scientific, philosophical, and moral issues arising as a result of the mapping of the genome. It will help you understand what this scientific milestone means for you, for your children, and for humankind.

Capt. Terry Beltaos

The Time Machine

H. G. Wells

Science fiction book about time travel. This book will leave readers wondering what is and what is not possible.

Dr. Spyros Beltaos

Hypatia: Her Life and Times

Faith L. Justice

Celebrating Mathematics!

Who was Hypatia, Lady Philosopher of Alexandria? A brilliant young mathematician and scientist, murdered by a religious mob? An aging academic assassinated by a rival political party? A sorceress who kept the governor and people of Alexandria in thrall through satanic wiles? Did she discover that the earth circled the sun a thousand years before Copernicus or was she merely a gifted geometry teacher? Hypatia is the subject of much myth-making through the centuries. She’s featured in poetry, plays, novels and movies. This collection of essays pulls back the curtain and lets the reader see the real woman behind the stories. You’ll find Hypatia needs no embellishment to be a heroine.

Dr. Angela Beltaos

Popular Science Special Edition


Something different but amazing this month. A must for all science enthusiasts. An eye on the future!

From the personal collection of the contributor: Lillian D. Beltaos

Lillian Beltaos

The Future of the Mind

Michio Kaku

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

The Future of the Mind is an extraordinary, mind-boggling exploration of the frontiers of neuroscience. Dr. Kaku looks toward the day when we may achieve the ability to upload the human brain to a computer, neuron for neuron; project thoughts and emotions around the world on a brain-net; take a “smart pill” to enhance cognition; send our consciousness across the universe; and push the very limits of immortality.


Dr. Elaine Beltaos-Kerr

Physics of the Impossible

Michio Kaku

Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel

Teleportation, time machines, force fields, and interstellar space ships—the stuff of science fiction or potentially attainable future technologies? Inspired by the fantastic worlds of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Back to the Future, renowned theoretical physicist and bestselling author Michio Kaku takes an informed, serious, and often surprising look at what our current understanding of the universe's physical laws may permit in the near and distant future. Entertaining, informative, and imaginative, Physics of the Impossible probes the very limits of human ingenuity and scientific possibility.


Dr. Angela Beltaos