Here are a couple of science-oriented non-fiction works to make you more knowledgeable about the world:
This one is a little weird in that the title makes it sound as if you're going to get actual stories about how different technologies came to be. And that's not really what this is. True, it looks at eight different technologies but mainly describes, in impressive detail, how each one works. And it does an excellent job at that task. We all kind of know how a battery works. After reading this, you'll really know how one works, how one is charged, and why it's really bad to drain some batteries too low. How does an atomic clock work? By the end of the book, you'll really know and understand how they work.
The explanations are very detailed yet understandable for someone with a moderate amount of science know-how. If that's you, then you'll want to give this a read.
Don't, however, go into it assuming there are stories.
Want stories? That's okay...
This one is an amazing and captivating spin through the Periodic Table. It talks about the Table itself and its development. But it's also a tour of the Table, hitting, basically, every area on it. And each and every section is packed with truly interesting tales. There's a good flow through the book, making the tour seem natural. It gets, maybe, a little shaky at the end. I started to feel as if the author was struggling just a wee bit and linking things together.
Or that may just be me needing to fine something about which to complain.
In the end, a very nice read.
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