Brunel was the Elon Musk of the 19th century – he tunneled the Thames (he led the original “Boring Company”), he designed and oversaw the building of the first long distance UK railway system (including beautiful bridges) and engineering the first transatlantic steam boat. He was constantly pushing the limits of engineering and had an astounding work ethic.
This book is about the lives of Faraday and Maxwell. It’s a great (but still difficult) introduction to the counterintuitive reality of electricity and magnetism. Because it is a double biography, you’ll also appreciate what it takes to be a great scientist: both creativity and stamina. Another thing that stands out is how kind Maxwell and Faraday were, and how far ahead of their time on social issues.
This book was probably the most exciting to read. It has pretty much everything: WOII, Nazis, rockets, moon landings. After he was captured by the Americans, the German Von Braun led the development of the Saturn V rockets (most powerful rockets ever built to this day) which were needed to land the first people on the moon. Von Braun was already thinking about the next destination: Mars. He was the first to design the rockets needed to fly to Mars and back. Von Braun was just so determined to make humans explore space and its great to read how he could realize at least part of his goal.
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This book about climate is very short, very well written and as a bonus it will blow your mind. In fact it’s NOT about human induced climate change, but about the history of climate science and how we got to know what we know today. All the key scientists who contributed to our understanding of climate get their own little biography. It’s a great read even if you’re not a nerd.
This book is more for moderate nerds. Fantasticly written compact book about temperature in all its manifestations. Just like Ice Age, it introduces key scientific ideas in a conversational style and by bringing alive the scientists who discovered how stuff works. This is one of the few books I’m sure I will re-read soon.
Fantastic short introduction to why and how we could go to Mars and live there. Covers all the basics, and you can finish it in one evening.