Book of the Month

April, 2024
By Katherine Johnson

The remarkable woman at heart of the smash New York Times bestseller and Oscar-winning film Hidden Figures tells the full story of her life, including what it took to work at NASA, help land the first man on the moon, and live through a century of turmoil and change.
 

Contributed by Lillian D. Beltaos
March, 2024
By Martin Connors

When we look at a starry night sky, we are looking out through vast invisible expanses of our own Solar System. The planets, appearing as bright specks, have been revealed as worlds by space missions. However, the invisible spaces between them are equally interesting. ...

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Contributed by Dr. Angela Beltaos
February, 2024
By Robert Lomas

Everybody knows that Thomas Edison devised electric light and domestic electricity supplies, that Guglielmo Marconi thought up radio and George Westinghouse built the world's first hydro-electric power station. Everybody knows these 'facts' but they are wrong. The man who dreamt up these things also invented, inter-alia, the fluorescent light, seismology, a worldwide data communications network and a mechanical laxative. His name was Nikola Tesla, a Serbian-American scientist, and his is without doubt this century's greatest unsung scientific hero. 

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Contributed by Karolina Ugljesic
January, 2024
By Georges Ifrah

A riveting history of counting and calculating from the time of the cave dwellers to the late twentieth century, The Universal History of Numbers is the first complete account of the invention and evolution of numbers the world over. 

Contributed by Marko Srnic
December, 2023
By Giles Sparrow

Giles Sparrow's expert narrative brings Hubble's fascinating story up to date, telling how it became one of the most successful scientific projects of all time; charting its origins and troubled launch in 1990, the emergency repair of its defective mirror, the advances made by four subsequent servicing missions, and the lasting impact of the most amazing astronomical instrument ever created. Hubble-Legacy Edition will take you on a journey through space in more than 400 glorious full-color images.

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Contributed by Marko Srnic
November, 2023
By Samantha Hunt

The Invention of Everything Else is a 2008 novel written by American author Samantha Hunt. The novel presents a fictionalized account of the last days in the life of Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-American electrical engineer. 

The author, Samantha Hunt, received a National Book Foundation award for authors under 35, for her previous novel, The Seas.  The Invention of Everything Else was shortlisted for an award from Believer magazine [1] and shortlisted for the Orange Prize.[2] She won the Bard Fiction Prize for 2010.

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Contributed by Milos Dumanovic
October, 2023
By Carlo Rovelli

We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it remains. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where at the most fundamental level time disappears. 

 

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Contributed by Dr. Angela Beltaos
September, 2023
By Robin Wall Kimmerer

Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.

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Contributed by Andrew Beltaos
August, 2023
By Roger Penrose

The Road to Reality is the most important and ambitious work of science for a generation. It provides nothing less than a comprehensive account of the physical universe and the essentials of its underlying mathematical theory. It assumes no particular specialist knowledge on the part of the reader, so that, for example, the early chapters give us the vital mathematical background to the physical theories explored later in the book. 

Contributed by Dr. Elaine Beltaos-Kerr
July, 2023
By Michael Faraday

These lectures by a famous inventor offer an easy-to-understand introduction to the interactions of the universe's physical forces. Michael Faraday (1791–1867) delighted in introducing young minds to scientific inquiry, and he geared these talks to audiences of high school age and older.
One of the world's greatest experimental philosophers and popularizers of science, Faraday conducted the experiments that made electricity viable for technological use. In these six lectures, he offers a captivating introduction to concepts related to some of his most important discoveries. Topics include gravitation, cohesion, chemical affinity, heat, magnetism, and electricity.

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Contributed by Lillian D. Beltaos
June, 2023
By Snezana Sarboh

The title says it all! This book is suitable for all Tesla enthusiasts, scientists and engineers seeking further insights into this genius' mind and potential.

Contributed by Milos Dumanovic
May, 2023
By 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.

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Contributed by T. Beltaos