This month we’ll introduce several books from the Natural Science (NAT) section as part of our introduction to the various subject areas in the reading room of the library. The Natural Science section consists of over 75 volumes covering a wide variety of topics, including the environment, human evolution, astronomy, gardening, bird watching and much more.
Among the most popular works are Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, which is “…his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization – how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us…”
Another highly recommended book, especially for parents is Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. “…This is the first book to bring together a body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults. More than just raising an alarm, Louv offers practical solutions to heal the broken bond…”
For those with an interest in new science and physics, we have Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything by philosopher and scientist Ervin Lazlo. In the words of Deepak Chopra, M.D, Science is “The most brilliant, comprehensive, and intellectually satisfying integral theory of everything that I have ever read….transcends the vision of Darwin, Newton, Einstein, the quantum pioneers, and many other scientific giants of history.”
Based on the latest scientific breakthroughs in DNA Stephen Oppenheimer‘s Out of Eden: The Peopling of the World tells the story of how our ancestors colonised the world.
What is ear wax for? Is eating snot bad for you? If a cow eats green grass why is its milk white? Paul Heiney’s Can Cows Walk Down Stairs? is an entertaining book that addresses the science behind some of the everyday questions that we have all one day wondered about.
And finally, the book that revolutionized the natural sciences and every literary, philosophical and religious thinker who followed is of course Charles Darwin‘s The Origin Of Species. It remains as controversial and influential today as when it was published over a
150 years ago.
For a full list of books available you can search the NIC Library on-line. To search the natural sciences section type 61 – NAT in the keyword box.