Science reads for all ages!

Whether you are laying comfortably under a blanket in the Southern Hemisphere or sunbathing on the beach above the Equator, a good book is the perfect companion for the relaxing moments in life. DiscovHER brings you a list of books to keep you entertained, and to make your children get excited about science!

Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women, by Catherine Thimmesh

This « inspired ode to women inventors » will hold the interest of bright children and interested adults alike! In kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. What inspired these women, and just how did they turn their ideas into realities? The book also encourages young women to start inventing themselves and offers a list of organizations with postal and Internet addresses to help them get started. Colorful collage artwork shows the women and their creations and adds vibrancy and lightness to the text.

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The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, by Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson’s book pays particularly close attention to the women who have been forgotten over the years, but who made essential contributions to computer science. Among the many women who have been excluded from computing history is Ada Lovelace, who, ironically, is often referred to as the world’s first computer programmer. Recognition for these women is long overdue, and Isaacson’s book has put them back in their rightful place as important contributors to the digital age, as well as role models for the next generations.

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The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer, by Sydney Padua

In The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, Sydney Padua transforms one of the most compelling scientific collaborations into a hilarious set of adventures. The book presents a rollicking alternate reality in which Lovelace and Babbage do build the Difference Engine and then use it to build runaway economic models, battle the scourge of spelling errors, explore the wilder realms of mathematics, and, of course, fight crime—for the sake of both London and science. Complete with extensive footnotes that rival those penned by Lovelace herself, historical curiosities, and never-before-seen diagrams of Babbage’s mechanical, steam-powered computer, this is wonderfully whimsical, utterly unusual, and entirely irresistible read.

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Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World, by Rachel Swaby

Who are the role models for today’s female scientists, and where can we find the stories that cast them in their true light? Headstrong delivers a powerful, global, and engaging response. Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby’s vibrant profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one’s ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they’re best known. This fascinating tour reveals these 52 women at their best—while encouraging and inspiring a new generation of girls to put on their lab coats.

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Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ, by Giulia Enders

For too long, the gut has been the body’s most ignored and least appreciated organ, but it turns out that it’s responsible for more than just dirty work: our gut is at the core of who we are. This book gives the alimentary canal its long-overdue moment in the spotlight. Communication between the gut and the brain is one of the fastest-growing areas of medical research—on par with stem-cell research. Our gut reactions, we learn, are intimately connected with our physical and mental well-being. Aided with cheerful illustrations by Enders’s sister Jill, this beguiling manifesto will make you finally listen to those butterflies in your stomach: they’re trying to tell you something important.

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