New Science Books for May

May 9th

AliensAliens: Prominent Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

by Jim Al-Khalili,  (Author, Editor)

In these lively and fascinating essays, scientists from around the world weigh in on the latest advances in the search for intelligent life in the universe and discuss just what that might look like. Since 2000, science has seen a surge in data and interest on several fronts related to E.T. (extraterrestrials); A.I. (artificial intelligence); and SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence). For those who have ever wondered, Is there anybody out there? here are the latest theories and evidence that move us closer to answering that question.

No IdeaWe Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe

by Jorge Cham,  Daniel Whiteson

Prepare to learn everything we still don’t know about our strange, mostly mysterious universe. PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson have teamed up to go spelunking through the enormous gaps in our cosmological knowledge, armed with their popular cartoon Infographics, and unusually entertaining and lucid explanations of science. In We Have No Idea, t hey explore the biggest unknowns in the universe, why these things are still mysteries, and what a lot of smart people are doing to figure out the answers (or at least ask the right questions).

May 16th

Physics thingsThe Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day

by James Kakalios

Most of us are clueless when it comes to the physics that makes our modern world so convenient. What’s the simple science behind motion sensors, touch screens, GPS and E-Z Pass.  In The Physics of Everyday Things , James Kakalios takes us on an amazing journey into the subatomic marvels that underlie so much of what we use and take for granted. Breaking down the world of things into a single day, Kakalios engages our curiosity about how our refrigerators keep food cool, how a plane manages to remain airborne, and how our wrist fitness monitors keep track of our steps. Each explanation is coupled with a story revealing the interplay of the astonishing invisible forces that surround us.

May 30

My european family My European Family: The First 54,000 Years

by Karin Bojs

Karin Bojs grew up in a small, broken family, and at her mother’s funeral she felt this more keenly than ever. As part of the healing process, she decided to use DNA research to learn more about herself, her family, and the interconnectedness of society. She went deep in search of her genealogy, having her DNA sequenced and tested, and effectively becoming an experimental subject. Remarkably, she was able to trace the path of her ancestors through recorded history and into prehistory. Through the course of her research, she met dozens of scientists working in genetic research. The narrative travels the length and breadth of Europe, more then a first-person exploration of genes and genetics, My European Family goes well beyond personal genealogy and reveals much about the shared history of European peoples.