The Great Big Science Read
Science Week is an annual celebration of science in Australia, an opportunity to join together to enjoy and explore the wonders and benefits of science. The Great Big Science Read invites Australians to read and think about science books, both fiction and non-fiction.
Aside from a love of Science Fiction, my favourite non-fiction book is The elements : a visual exploration of every known atom in the universe by Theodore Gray with photographs by Theodore Gray and Nick Mann. It is a beautiful book filled with amazing visual representations of atoms and elements which gets you excited about the content simply through very clever presentation.
Scientific American, founded in 1845 and the oldest continuously published magazine in the US, is a print and online magazine which covers a range of science based subject areas – energy & sustainability, evolution, health, mind & brain, space, technology, and even more science.
New Scientist is another science magazine also available online and in print. It is a current affairs medium that discusses science and technology in a global context and reports on the commercial, industrial and social consequences that affect us all. New Scientist’s online content is enhanced with breaking news and a comprehensive array of articles, blogs, forums, photo galleries and videos. Subjects covered include space, technology, environment, health, life, physics & math, and science in society.
Both magazines (the online versions look great on an iPad) are visually engaging ways of reading about and being involved in science and our world.
With the landing of Curiosity on Mars this week, and the launch of the free xbox360 Kinect game which allows players to land the Mars rover themselves, the interest and excitement in science and space exploration has grown.
So what will be your Great Big Science Read this coming week?