Book of the Month

BOM Book Image Book Title Author(s) Description Contributor
Nov/22

Genome

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.

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Capt. Terry Beltaos
Oct/22

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
Sep/22

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.

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Dr. Angela Beltaos
Aug/22

Popular Science Special Edition

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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
Jul/22

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.

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Dr. Elaine Beltaos-Kerr
Jun/22

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.

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Dr. Angela Beltaos
May/22

The Problem of Increasing Human Energy

Nikola Tesla

The Problem of Increasing Human Energy: With Special Reference to the Harnessing of the Sun's Energy 

Part philosophical ponderings on humanity's relationship to the universe, part scientific extrapolation on what technological advancement might bring to that understanding, this long essay, first published in Century Illustrated Magazine in June 1900, is yet another example of the genius of Serbian inventor NIKOLA TESLA (1857-1943), the revolutionary scientist who forever changed the scientific fields of electricity and magnetism. From the possibilities presented by robotics to the "civilizing potency of aluminum," from a "self-acting engine" to one of the first proposals to use solar power to run industrial civilization, and much more, this is a wide-ranging but illuminating look into the thoughts of an unsung hero of scientific philosophy. A real treasure!

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Dr. Elaine Beltaos-Kerr
Apr/22

Lectures and Patents

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla: Lectures and Patents is one of the first reference works to come out of Belgrade following the arrival of Tesla's inheritance in 1952. Here is a wealth of information in the form of documents drawn from the Nikola Tesla Museum archive, compiled into a single large volume.

A must for every Nikola Tesla enthusiast!

Lillian Beltaos
Mar/22

Human Energy

Nikola Tesla

Human Energy: With Special Reference to the Harnessing of the Sun's Energy  

Part philosophical ponderings on humanity's relationship to the universe, part scientific extrapolation on what technological advancement might bring to that understanding, this long essay, first published in Century Illustrated Magazine in June 1900, is yet another example of the genius of Serbian inventor NIKOLA TESLA (1857-1943), the revolutionary scientist who forever changed the scientific fields of electricity and magnetism. From the possibilities presented by robotics to the "civilizing potency of aluminum," from a "self-acting engine" to one of the first proposals to use solar power to run industrial civilization, and much more, this is a wide-ranging but illuminating look into the thoughts of an unsung hero of scientific philosophy.

Djordje Srnic
Feb/22

Relax Dammit!

Timothy Caulfield

Written by Timothy Caulfield, University of Alberta Professor of Law and the School of Public Health, this book is an entertaining and very readable examination of the hundreds of decisions we have to make on a daily basis and some of the myths and distortions that can cloud our minds and cause additional stress. The author dispels them with numerous science-based facts and research on each topic, in a practical manner and relatable style that won him the 2021 Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Book Award. 

Lydia Emanuel
Jan/22

The Greatest Inventors in History

Unknown

The Greatest Inventors in History: An Inspirational Colouring Book with Stories and Facts 

The Perfect Book for Curious Minds

This book features fun facts and stories + illustrations you can color. 

Learn the history behind the greatest inventors in history. Nikola Tesla in the centre of it all!

Lillian Beltaos
Dec/21

The Clockwork Universe

Edward Dolnick

From New York Times bestselling author Edward Dolnick, the true story of a pivotal moment in modern history when a group of strange, tormented geniuses—Isaac Newton chief among them—invented science and remade our understanding of the world.

Dr. Elaine Beltaos-Kerr