Recommended Reading/Viewing

Here at TYS we do our best to try and show you that science isn’t something that you have to do. Science should be something that you want to do. However, because everyone is different, our approach to this issue, isn’t always inspirational to everyone. Luckily for us, there are plenty of popular books and documentaries out there that help to shed some light on topics in a fun and accessible way. As time goes on we will be updating this page, with books that we have read and that we find approach science from a different perspective.

Books

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
    • In this book, Bill Bryson presents a well researched and fun adventure in to the history of science and just how it is that we came to know what we do today. From the Big Bang to modern Homo sapiens, we are allowed to look at the personalities, experiments and petty squabbles that have allowed us to reach new scientific heights.
  • Cosmos, by Carl Sagan
    • In the interest of full disclosure, I have not read this book in its entirety, in fact I haven’t read this book at all, I’ve listened to it on audiobook, a great way to pass the time when driving. Written In 1980, one would think that the ideas presented in this book would be outdated and rather boring. Nothing could be further from the truth! With science history blended with real scientific theory, Carl Sagan proves why he is regarded as one of the best science communicators of the 20th century.

 

Video

  • Quantum Leap, Hosted by Brian Greene
    • Part of the Fabric of the Cosmos docuseries, this video does a great job of explaining many of the basic concepts of Quantum Theory. Brian Greene presents the many of the concepts that I read about in my chemistry textbook in a clear and easy to understand way. Quantum Leap essentially changed the way that I think about quantum theory.