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My Classroom Bookshelf
The list author says: "I'm experimenting with letting kids just keep books that I've finished if they're interested in reading them again and again. After all, any kid who wants to read is good with me."
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
"Spectacular, wonderful, tremendous! A great introduction to geology, colonial history, and science, all wrapped up in one, awesome package. Popular with the kiddos!"
The World Without Us
"Although it gets a little doom and gloom sometimes, Weisman writes a pretty good book. Pure conjecture, but still interesting!"
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
"Mary Roach is the person I hope to become: engaging, informative, and wicked funny."
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
"A great biography of Oppenheimer--the authors weren't afraid to dig deep."
The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism
"Capra writes an awesome summary of modern physics--some of the ideas are a little out-of-date, though."
The Control of Nature
"McPhee is one of my favorite authors: I love him! ALL of his books are tremendous examples of nonfiction."
The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
"I haven't read this book yet, so I don't let the kiddos keep it. I don't agree with everything Greene says, but he is a compelling author."
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
"A Greene that I HAVE read. I don't really agree with many of Greene's hypotheses, but I am but a humble physics teacher."
Basin and Range
"Again, I love John McPhee!"
The Principia (Great Minds)
"Amazingly, I can't convince any kids to read this one..."
The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design
"My high schoolers LOVE this book. I mean, we're talking "Hey, you're reading Twilight? You should read this instead.""
Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
"A nice, well-written book. I liked it. No kids have read it yet."
Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations
"I bought this from the publisher at the GSA convention in Houston. I have read it several times."
A Brief History of Time
"I can't believe I didn't put this one first. Great summary of modern physics."
From Galileo to Newton
"A nice history of science."
Dreams of a Final Theory: The Scientist's Search for the Ultimate Laws of Nature
"Great book by a Nobel laureate, discussing the search for a "perfect" theory."
A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition
"I love Bill Bryson. Everything he touches is pure gold."
Into the Cool: Energy Flow, Thermodynamics, and Life
"My students HATE thermodynamics (and then when they go to college and take thermo, they send me emails, saying how easy it is...), so I have trouble foisting this off on a kid."
The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth
"I haven't read this book yet, but I'm excited to do so!"
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
"Kuhn is a surprisingly compelling writer--I was amazed by how great this was."
The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe
"A well-written, convincing description of the first three minutes of our universe."
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
"Erik Larson is an awesome writer, and this book is fantastic."
The Making of the Atomic Bomb
"One of my colleagues recommended this book to me--great recommendation!"
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