This small book makes a big impact.
If you've never contemplated the enigma that is consciousness this is a great place to start. It will make you look at your morning cup of tea or coffee and wonder, what if all matter in the Universe has a level of consciousness we do not, and may never, understand?
When I was 13 a cool older girl at school gave me a silk screened patch that said "RIOT NOT DIET". I promptly sewed it onto my backpack and never looked back. Reading this book is the literary equivalent of a cool older girl giving you that patch.
Everyone needs to read this, particularly all the people who believe they don't need to. Trust me, you do.
This book is a meditation, a philosophical treatise, an interrogation of the way humans experience time. And let me tell you, we've got it all wrong. With carefully balanced blocks of reasoning and scientific theories, Rovelli builds a new understanding of the way we hold memory, history, each moment. You don't have to be a scientist or a philosopher to embrace this book, you only have to be human.
I'm not a physicist or a mathematician, but I've always been drawn to the Big Questions. This book is just filled with Big Questions and lots of humor. Whiteson and Cham explain in layman's terms and with cute comics, the five percent about the universe that we do know, while opening up the readers' minds to the 95 percent of the universe that we are still stumped by. They explain how we might tackle these still unanswered questions and give us hope with the fact that we have managed to learn so much about our universe in just the last few hundred years.
Dive in to the science of jellyfish, a.k.a. the spineless ones. Berwald documents the oft misunderstood jellyfish and their contributions to the sciences: from engineering (how to make a better submarine), to genetic research (thank you lectin), and as an incredible source of protein (move over energy bars) to name a few. Whether younger or older, Spineless makes excellent holiday reading for the armchair scientist in your life.