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7 Interesting Books About Science for All Ages

By Bianca Smith • March 14, 2018

What were your high school science classes like? Bored students copying notes, memorizing the periodic table, and using a Bunsen burner being a special treat?

However, the teachers were right: science is important and useful, and we want to add that science is also fun. Yes, fun. Oh, and it's not hard and complicated. To prove that last point (and to celebrate Science Education Day), here are some of our favorite science books. There are some for kids and some for adults. The one thing they have in common is that they make science easy, relevant, and fun.

Fun Science by Charlie McDonnell

You may know Charlie from his youtube channel charlieissocoollike, where he teaches science the way he wishes he learned it in school. It's funny and informative. Yes, you'll be laughing while learning that the limbic system in your brain causes procrastination. See, useful.

The Magic School Bus Series by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degan

As with many great stories, before there was the television series, there were the books. Ms. Frizzle and her magic school bus take children on adventures to impossible places, like inside bodies and the solar system.

Oscar and the Cricket: A Book About Moving and Rolling by Geoff Waring

This was librarian-recommended for a curious six-year-old. Oscar finds a ball, and Cricket suggests pushing it. They spend the day seeing what they can do with the ball. Will it go up a hill? How can they make it go up? How fast? In playing with the ball, they learn physics. So will your younger ones.

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

This is Bill Bryson's third informative and entertaining book, and a little more structured than the others. A Short History of Nearly Everything is what he wanted his school science book to be. The school book covered the what of science, and this has the why. If Fun Science is a bit flippant for you, try this.

The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios

Superheroes aren't real, right? We mean, people can't fly. James Kakalios is both a comic book lover and a physics professor, so he does what anyone should do: apply the theory to the comics. Discover which superheroes could be possible, and justify your childhood reading comics as education.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

We recommended Astrophysics for People in a Hurry in the holiday guide, but it's such good science book we want to include it again. This is perfect when you want to learn science but have a busy life. The chapters are small enough to read while waiting for a bus, or that elusive pot to boil.

We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson

Not all scientific things have answers…yet. Jorge and Daniel love the unknowns, and with cartoons and infographics explain why these are interesting. Even though there are no conclusive reasons for why we aren't all made of antimatter, reading this will help you understand when the discoveries are made. We know it'll happen.

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