Dynamical Systems in Neuroscience – The Geometry of Excitability and Bursting, Eugene M. Izhikevich, MIT Press, 2010
This book for brain researchers is on theoretical neuroscience. It posits mathematical models for neuron electrical activity, and is not easy reading. 400 pages.
The Edge of Physics – A Journey to Earth’s Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, Anil Ananthaswamy, – 2010
A very readable story about scientists and their quests into secrets of the universe at inaccessible locations worldwide. Hard cover, 300 pages.
The Little Book of String Theory, Steven Gubser, Princeton University Press, 2010
String theory is the ‘theory of everything’. This book is written by a Physics prof, but is very readable and entertaining. Hardcover, 150 pages.
String Theory for Dummies, Andrew Zimmerman Jones, Wiley, 2010
Here is basic particle physics for the layman. 350 pages.
Practical Digital Photomicrography – Photography through the Microscope for the Life Sciences, Brian Matsumoto, Rocky Nook, 2010
Large format, hard cover, 150 pages.
The Essential Engineer : why science alone will not solve our global problems / Henry Petroski, Knopf, 2010
This book compares engineers with scientists, and highlights the importance of engineering to humanity. Written by a mechanical engineer who is particularly literate, it is readable and will motivate engineers of all types. Hardcover, 250 pages.
Wetware : a computer in every living cell / Dennis Bray, Yale University Press, 2009
This book will interest zoologists. Can you compare living systems and computers? What are the origins of sentient properties from inanimate matter? The author discusses how living cells perform computations. Well written, hard cover, 250 pages.
The Playful Brain : venturing to the limits of neuroscience / Sergio Pellis and Vivien Pellis, Oxford : Oneworld, 2009
Scientist learn much about the brain from watching rats play. Well written, hardcover, 250 pages.
Denialism : How Irrational Thinking hinders scientific progress, harms the planet, and threatens our lives / Michael Specter, Penguin, 2009
Highly praised by Malcolm Gladwell. Hardcover, 250 pages.
Supersymmetry Demystified / Patrick Labelle, McGraw-Hill, 2010
This book is for students of particle physics. It explains the subject using some awe-inspiring formulas. 450 pages.