Robin Ince’s Science Book Club
I think sometimes when people go back into science they actually pick the hardest books and it immediately puts them off science again.
Somewhere on this app will probably be a very long version of me explaining why the top five books that I’ve chosen are in the top five so to save you a lot of time I would say if you are going to start reading more about science and you haven’t ventured into them yet, ‘The Demon-Haunted World’ by Carl Sagan, ah, Richard Feynman’s ‘Six Easy Pieces’, ah, Lisa Randall’s ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’ which has some wonderful stuff updating on where we’ve got to in ideas of particle physics and how human beings have got there.
Richard Dawkins’ books, if you’re going to start maybe start with something like ‘The Greatest Show on Earth or ‘Magic_of_Reality.’ There’s no shame in reading ‘Magic of Reality’ because it’s meant to be a children’s book. I think sometimes when people go back into science they actually pick the hardest books and it immediately puts them off science again. You know, if you start off with Brian Greene, who writes very, very beautifully, but it’s probably not the first place if you want to get back into physics. The first thing to do is read very basic entertaining books about, in fact that’s why Marcus Chown’s ‘We Need to Talk About Kelvin’ is excellent because at the beginning of each chapter he gives you an image and it’s an image which you will at some point see in that week or probably every single day and that means then we do look at your reflection in a pane of glass you will start to think about ideas of quantum theory and so people like him are wonderful at expressing some of the basic ideas of things like physics.