One of the greatest perks of being a teacher is the luxury of having two months of summer holidays. It provides an excellent window of opportunity to delve into some fantastic reads. This summer, I’ve indulged in some beautifully illustrated and thought-provoking books on math and science that I’d love to share with you all.
Since last year, I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with the prestigious MIT Press, providing reviews for their books prior to publication. This has been a fantastic experience indeed! Not only does it provide an insider’s look into the process of publishing, but it also gives me early access to some truly remarkable books.
The range and depth of the subjects covered in these books are truly astounding, and the writing and research quality are always top-notch. I’m excited to share some of the standout titles that I’ve been privileged to read this summer.
In “Fascination of Science: 60 Encounters with Pioneering Researchers of Our Time,” Herlinde Koelbl turns a spotlight on the individuals behind science’s newest frontiers. The book brings to life the passion, determination, and innovative thinking of 60 contemporary scientists, painting an inspiring tableau of the human spirit at the forefront of discovery.
Each scientist’s story is a testament to the infinite curiosity that propels humanity forward, probing the unknown and pushing the boundaries of our understanding. Their narratives serve as a reminder that every scientific breakthrough is a human triumph, a testament to the inquisitive minds that dare to ask “why?” and “how?” and relentlessly seek the answers.
Koelbl’s book truly shines a light on these curious aspects of the lives of scientists and mathematicians. It’s a rare treat to get an intimate glimpse into the private lives of these brilliant minds. What does a mathematician ponder over at the dinner table? How does a physicist react…