Discovering Good Science Books in the Coffman Library

By Carol Van Why

When I compare our collection of science-themed books with various published “Best of” lists, I’m always surprised to find that our library collection contains many notable books.

Most of the science books are on the upper level, west side of the library.  Browse the shelves labeled SCIENCE/TECH/MATH; NATURE/ENVIRONMENT; NATURE WRITING.  We’ve tried to make it even easier to find a good book by marking our favorite titles with green, 166SIX PICKS labels.  One recent and excellent book in this area of the library is Dava Sobel’s Glass Universe:  How Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars.

But don’t confine your explorations to the upper level.  There are a number of excellent scientific biographies in the BIOGRAPHY section on the lower level.  In this section we arrange the books according to the subject of the book (e.g., Einstein, Watson).  Biographies about more than one individual are shelved nearby in BIOGRAPHY COLLECTIONS.  Look for Margot Lee Shetterly’s book Hidden Figures in this section.

We add books to the collection frequently so make a point of regularly checking our Recent Arrivals shelves on the lower level.  New there this week are Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s new one–Astrophysics for People in a Hurry–and Scientist as Rebel by Freeman Dyson.

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