One of my favorite challenges is coming around again! I read science and nature books and this is a great way to share books I enjoy with a wider community. Here are some notes from the challenge web site.
The Science Book Challenge is easy as pi: read 3 science books during 2010, then tell us about the books you’ve read and help spread science literacy.
Reading about science–by which we mean to include engineering, mathematics, and technology, too–is fun and rewarding. We want to encourage people to read about science with the challenge, and also to help potential readers find books that they will enjoy and profit from reading. That’s why we publish our Book Notes, which are written largely by Science Book Challengers.
The challenge is easy! Read at least three nonfiction books in 2010 related to the theme “Nature & Science”. Your books should have something to do with science, scientists, how science operates, or the relationship of science with our culture. Your books might be popularizations of science, they might be histories, they might be biographies, they might be anthologies; they can be recent titles or older books. We take a very broad view of what makes for interesting and informative science reading, looking for perspectives on science as part of culture and history.
If you are even a tiny bit curious about this fun challenge please check it out here.
The amazing image in the challenge button is a photograph of heat- convection currents in air captured by Gavan Mitchell and Phil Taylor using the Schlieren technique, a method that reveals temperature and density differences in the air.