I love reading popular science books. Not only are they fun and interesting to read, but they usually have historical and contextual information about science or scientific discoveries that add to my understanding of the science itself.
Periodically, I will post a book as part of my Book Club that I encourage you to read to learn more.
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson is a brilliant book. Bill Bryson is known for his travel writing and humorous writing style, but it this book he focuses his talents on explaining science. He starts at the beginning looking at the advent of our universe to understanding atoms and quarks to delving into our planet to the beginnings of life itself. In particular, he has a chapter called "Cells" that provides one of the best descriptions of cell biology written for the public that I have ever read. A few chapters later in "The Stuff of Life" he describes DNA and genetics in an equally accessible way. This is one of the few popular science books that I would unreservedly suggest to anyone from ages 15 to 115.
The book won numerous, well-deserved awards including the 2004 Aventis Prize for best general science book and the 2005 EU Descartes Prize for science communication. Please feel free to continue the conversation once you read the book by Asking me a Question.
Dr. Cathy Seiler is the Program Manager for the tissue biorepository at St. Joseph's Hospital and Barrow Neurological Institute. She has her BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Boston University and PhD in the Biological Sciences from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Her research and teaching focuses on genetics, cancer, and personalized medicine. Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thingsitellmymom