9 Scintillating Science Reads for Adults

Science Literacy Week (Sept. 21-17, 2020) showcases the diversity of Canadian science and the culture it's embedded in. Libraries, museums, science centres, schools, and not-for-profits come together to highlight the books, movies, podcasts and events that convey the excitement and influence of science in our everyday lives. It’s about each and everyone’s unique relationship with science and how they live it.

Halifax Public Libraries is proud to partner with Science Literacy Week. Here are some of our newest science books!

1. Climate Change Science: A Primer for Sustainable Development

How will future climates be different from today’s world―and what consequences will changes in climate have for societies and their development strategies? This book is a primer on the essential science for grasping the workings of climate change and climate prediction. It is accessible for readers with little to no background in science, with an emphasis on the needs of those studying sustainable development. John C. Mutter gives a just-the-facts overview of how the climate system functions and what we know about why changes occur.

Climate Change Science

2. The Reality Bubble

Ziya Tong, one of Canada's most engaging and socially engaged science journalists, has written a a wide-ranging and wonder-filled look at the hidden things that shape our world. She brings to bear her scientific worldview and formidable understanding of the urgent problems that confront our world. The Reality Bubble provides a vivid picture of what stalks our blind spots and reveals how the way we look at the world has the power to shake civilization.

The Reality Bubble 

3. Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind

What is consciousness? How does it arise? And why does it exist? We take our experience of being in the world for granted. But the very existence of consciousness raises profound questions: Why would any collection of matter in the universe be conscious? How are we able to think about this? And why should we? In this accessible book, Annaka Harris guides us through the evolving definitions, philosophies, and scientific findings that probe our limited understanding of consciousness. Where does it reside, and what gives rise to it? Could it be an illusion, or a universal property of all matter? 


4. ADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving With Distraction—From Childhood Through Adulthood

This book provides a revolutionary new approach to ADD/ADHD featuring cutting-edge research and strategies to help readers thrive.

ADHD 2. 0 : New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving With Distraction--From Childhood Through Adulthood

5. About Canada: The Environment

Join us on a whirlwind tour of the philosophical, economic, and ideological landscape forming the backdrop for our current environmental worldview. Author Linda Pannozzo makes the connections between our faith in the free market, our adherence to an economic system based on endless growth, and our treatment of Canada's environment.

About Canada

6. Age Later: Health Span, Life Span, and the New Science of Longevity

How do some people avoid the slowing down, deteriorating, and weakening that plagues many of their peers decades earlier? Are they just lucky? Or do they know something the rest of us don't? Is it possible to grow older without getting sicker? What if you could look and feel fifty through your eighties and nineties? Dr. Nir Barzilai's life's work is tackling the challenges of aging to delay and prevent the onset of all age-related diseases including 'the big four': diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's. 

Age Later

7. In Oceans Deep: Courage, Innovation, and Adventure Beneath the Waves

In an age of unprecedented exploration and innovation, our oceans remain largely unknown, and endlessly fascinating: full of mystery, danger, beauty, and inspiration. In Oceans Deep celebrates the daring pioneers who tested the limits of what the human body can endure under water all in the name of learning what lies beneath the ocean.

In Oceans Deep

8. Tides and the Ocean: Water's Movement Around the World, From Waves to Whirlpools

This book takes a look at the tides and related ocean phenomena around the world, including currents, rapids, whirlpools, tsunamis, bores, waves, and rips, and discusses the role of the moon, surfing, and the importance of keeping the oceans healthy.

Tides and the Ocean

9. Blue Planet II: A New World of Hidden Depths

Blue Planet II uses cutting-edge breakthroughs in science and technology to explore new worlds, reveals astonishing creatures and extraordinary new animal behaviors. As we journey through our deep seas, coral reefs, open  ocean, green seas and coasts we share these extraordinary new discoveries. But we now know that ocean health is under threat. Never has there been a more crucial time to explore our remotest seas, and to examine what the future will hold for our blue planet.

Blue Planet II

Blue Planet II