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It’s Still Summer! Read Books with a Focus on Science

Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2023

The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers, by Honolulu ARCS Scholar Alum and now University of Washington Professor of Astronomy Emily Levesque. Described as "a love letter to astronomy and an affirmation of the crucial role that humans can and must play in the future of scientific discovery," Emily tells behind-the-scenes stories, explains the science in understandable terms, and inspires readers to peer skyward in pursuit of the universe's secrets. Want a preview? Listen to the recorded University of Washington Bookstore interview on station KUOW YouTube.

Recommended by the ARCS Honolulu Chapter, with pride in the author, their Scholar Alum Emily Levesque. 

After the Blast: The Ecological Recovery of Mount St. Helens, by Atlantic and Smithsonian magazine contributing writer Eric Wagner, describes how ecologists have been prompted to think in new ways about how life responds in the face of seemingly total devastation.

Recommended by Cheryl Ernst, Co-President, ARCS Honolulu Chapter

The Georgian Star: How William and Caroline Herschel Revolutionized our Understanding of the Cosmos, by former Time senior science writer Michael D. Lemonick. This very readable book is about 18th-century siblings who wielded the largest telescopes of their day and developed early techniques for astronomy. 

Below the Edge of Darkness: A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea, by Dr. Edith Widder. The author is a marine biologist who takes the reader down to the deep ocean to understand bioluminescence -- the language of light that helps life communicate in the darkness. 

"Edith Widder's story is one of hardscrabble optimism, two-fisted exploration, and groundbreaking research. She's done things I dream of doing."  - James Cameron