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Recommended by Mr. Brandenburg

You are lucky to be alive during a real boom in good, popular math and science writing. Some of these books are very recent, which means that they may not yet have reached the shelves of public libraries. If you want to purchase really low-cost versions of some of these books, look up Daedalus Books (http://www.daedalus-books.com/) or Dover Books (Store.Doverpublications.Com) or  Hamilton Books (http://www.hamiltonbook.com). Of course, the major book-selling chains will have most of these titles.

For each book, I have listed the title, author, publisher, the number of pages, and a copyright date, reading level, and a short review.  If I personally read the book, you will see the code GFBR and some asterisks, indicating my personal opinion of the book. Five asterisks (*****) is my highest rating, and one asterisk (*) is the lowest. Approximate reading levels are indicated – teen, adult, middle school, ages, adult, and so on.

Some books, especially popular ones, change publishers and go through several different editions over the years, so the publisher and date of publication of a copy that you find may not be same as the ones given here.

You will be given guidelines and a rubric for your report later. For now, concentrate on finding a book that suits your interests, informing your teacher of your choice, and starting to read it. No more than four students may read the same  title.



365 Starry Nights: An Introduction to Astronomy for Every Night of the Year. By Chet Raymo. (Prentice-Hall, 225 pp, several editions) GFBR***** Teen-Adult. “365 Starry Nights is a unique and fascinating introduction to astronomy designed to give you a complete, clear picture of the sky every night of the year. Divided into 365 concise, illustrated essays, it focuses on the aesthetic as well as the scientific aspects of stargazing. It offers the most up-to-date information available, with hundreds of charts, drawings, and maps-that take you beyond the visible canopy of stars and constellations into the unseen realm of nebulae and galaxies. This simple yet substantial text is full of critical information and helpful hints on how to observe the stars; describe their position; calculate their age, brightness, and distance; and much more. Whether you observe the sky with a telescope or the naked eye, 365 Starry Nights makes the infinite intimate and brings the heavens within your grasp. Keep this invaluable, informative guide close at hand, and you'll find that the sky is the limit 365 nights a year.”


The Book of Nothing : Vacuums, Voids, and the Latest Ideas About the Origins of the Universe. By John D. Barrow (Pantheon, 361 pp,  2001) HS-adult. “From our modern perspective, it is easy to deride the wranglings of medieval scholars over the number of angels that could dance of the head of a pin and whether Nature abhors a vacuum. But as John Barrow reveals in this timely and important book, new discoveries in science have shown that these scholars were right to suspect that Nothing has hidden depths.It is a concept shot through with paradoxes: even innocent-looking phrases like "Nothing is real" flip their meanings as we ponder them, like those illusions that look like a vase one moment, and opposing faces the

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