To celebrate the end of Science Literacy Week (September 21-27), a week to showcase the diversity of Canadian science and the culture it’s embedded in, WiSER executives have shared their personal favorites of science books and science communicators.
1. The MaddAddam trilogy: Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
Recommended by: Ali Chou, Website & Marketing Coordinator
Reason: “These books are science fictions built upon a post-apocalypse society and how people survive after a “waterless flood,” which is a failed scientific experiment turning into pandemic. There are high-tend technologies like gene modifications and transplant science in the book, yet these advances are interestingly juxtaposed with post-human innocents who behave like the purest form of humanity.”
2. The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Recommended by: Lily Olayinka, Event Coordinator
Reason: “This book provides a fascinating view on the history of cancer from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the 20th century to cure, control and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. I like it because the author did an excellent job to explain clinical situations in such a way that it is easy to understand by individuals of all backgrounds and it delivers a well-researched history of cancer.”
3. Jay Ingram, former host of the “Daily Planet” show on Discovery Channel
Recommended by: Amira Fitieh, Sponsorship Manager
Reason: “I had the privilege of attending 2 of his public talks at the University of Alberta. I’ve been following all of his shows on Discovery Channel for many years. He is an excellent science communicator who is very passionate about delivering science to the public in the simplest way, making the most complex of scientific topics seem very easy and straight-forward. He is a down-to-earth guy and a very active advocate of increasing awareness of science among the public, highlighting the significance of science in making the world a better place.”
4. Bill Nye, The Science Guy
Recommended by: Zeenat Ladak, Co-Chair
Reason: “Knowledge translation is so important in the sciences and Bill Nye does it so well! He can connect with kids and adults, and when he communicates concepts, he does so without sugar-coating the main details. Without turning lessons into a long or boring conversation, Bill Nye is a humble teacher who can demonstrate scientific ideas in an understandable, fun, and interesting way.”
What’s your favorite science book? Do you have a favorite science communicator who inspires you? Share with us at @wiseredmonton (Twitter)!