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Add A Little Science to Your Gift List

Eureka asked our Charles River colleagues what books they would recommend for holiday gifts

Chemistry, microbiology, space, short fiction, fantasy and educational books for the very young. Consider giving these great reads (and calendars) to family and friends  ,  

ABCs of Science,” by Chris Ferrie (Toddlers)

“A is for Amoeba, B is for Bond, C is for Conductor… Introduce scientific concepts to the baby or toddler in your life early and often with the ABCs of Science! This book is one of many in the Baby University series, and does a great job of explaining complex concepts to kids. The pictures are engaging, and any of their books make a great addition to a young scientist’s library.”

Sam Jorgensen, Public Relations and Social Media Manager

“Ada Twist, Scientist,” by Andrea Beaty (Young Adults)

“A #1 New York Times bestseller for the future little girl or boy scientist in your life! Inspired by real-life makers Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, this beloved #1 bestseller champions STEM, girl power and women scientists in a rollicking celebration of curiosity, the power perseverance, and the importance of asking “Why?” Author Andrea Beaty has a series of STEM books to add to your family library. Collect them all!”

 —Jillian Scola, a social media specialist

His Dark Materials Trilogy,” by Philip Pullman (Young Adult/Fantasy Fiction)

“Fantasy adventure written for young adults. This is highly immersive and a modern fantasy classic. Goes even deeper to explore metaphysics, scientific curiosity, oppression by (and resistance to) authority, parallel universes, and the nature of consciousness.”

Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World ,” by Bill Nye (Nonfiction)

“Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ has written several books (and even has a relatively new podcast) and in this book he goes through his radical curiosity approach to everything pulling examples from his own life about what we can do to help address the world’s biggest problems. He was an inspiration for many of my generation and certainly doesn’t disappoint in his books written for any science-interested audience.

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Nonfiction)

”Great historical perspective on a complex and devastating disease. Written for a general audience and highly suggested reading for anyone interested in cancer research.” 

Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance, by Atul Gawande (Nonfiction)

“Remarkably humanizing perspective from a surgeon with a gift for storytelling. All of Atul Gawande’s work is worth the read for his profoundly insightful and humble approach to medicine.”

—Chris Dowdy, PhD, Client & Scientific Portfolio Manager, Research Models & Services

Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood,” by Oliver Sacks (Memoir)

“It captures the wonder of discovering chemistry, e.g., the periodic table, as well as evoking a bygone age when children were freer to roam and explore and get into mischief! The late Oliver Sacks is a master storyteller as anyone who has read any of his other works will know. A gem! Suitable for mid-teens upward.

The Billion Dollar Molecule,” by Barry Werth. (Nonfiction)

This is the story of the early days of the US drug company Vertex by an “embedded” reporter. It reads like a breathlessly exciting novel and tells of the rollercoaster ride of a biotech start-up in the late 80s/early 90s. A real page-turner. 

—David Clark, PhD, Research Fellow, Discovery Services

Year in Space blog and Year in Space wall and desk calendars 

“These are produced through Cornell University Astronomy Professor Steve Carididi. I purchase these each year for some of my friends as holiday gifts—good for both amateur and advanced star gazers and science buffs.”

—Deborah Lee Dormady Letham, PhD, Senior Scientist, Biologics Testing Solutions

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement,” by Eliyahu M. Goldratt (Business)

Turn The Ship Around!: A True Story of Building Leaders by Breaking the Rules, by L. David Marquet. (Business)

—Jackie Macritchie, Senior Managing Director, Discovery