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Cool Summer Science Reads
The Invention of Clouds by Richard Hamblyn
The true story of Luke Howard, an amateur English meteorologist, who in 1802 gave the clouds their names - cumulus, cirrus, stratus - and immediately gained fame.  He was a cult figure among writers and painters such as Goethe and Constable.

How the Universe Got its Spots by Janna Levin
A diary of unsent letters to her mother describes what we know about the beginning and end of the universe.

Rosalind Franklin: Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox
Her photographs of DNA were "among the most beautiful ever taken" but Franklin never received credit for her part in its discovery.  Find out why she is known to few people today.

Hydrogen: The Essential Element  by John Rigden
This deceptively simple atom is explored through 23 historical vignettes that describe its beauty and importance in our universe.

The Tapir's Morning Bath: Solving the Mysteries of the Tropical Rain Forest by Elizabeth Royte
An engaging portrait of a community of biologists on Panama's Barro Colorado Island as they count seeds, sort insects, collect monkey dung and try to fathom the workings of the tropical rain forest.

A Thread Across the Ocean: The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable by John Gordon
The telegraph revolutionized communication in America in the 1860s, but many did not believe the world would become a global village that would hang on the thread of a copper wire.

Calculated Risks: How to Know When Numbers Deceive You by Gerd Gigerenzer
Teaches statistical reasoning so that devastating misinterpretations of numbers can be avoided and risks properly assessed - something that even doctors and lawyers do not always understand.

Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing by Margaret Livingstone
Neurobiologist Livingstone explains how our ability to perceive visual nuances in a work of art lies in the neurology of our eyes and brain.

Science Fictions by John Crewdson
A tale of vanity, corruption, and greed and how one of America's star bioscientists falsely claimed to have been the first to isolate the AIDS Virus, HIV, and to develop the HIV antibody test that saved the blood supply.