A science summer reading list

Check out the Fermilab Library holdings for some summer reading. Photo: Stephanie Timpone

Check out the Fermilab Library holdings for some summer reading. Photo: Stephanie Timpone

After a protracted wintry season and a nearly absent spring, it appears that summer has arrived in Chicagoland. Now is a good time to pull out your lawn chair, set it outside and warm in the sun as you read from our summer reading list. All of the books below are available from the Fermilab Library on Wilson Hall’s third floor.

1. The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age by David N. Schwartz, Basic Books 2017

A biography of Enrico Fermi might be the perfect book for your summer reading. The author’s father, Melvin Schwartz, shared the Nobel Prize in physics in 1988.

2. The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age by Gino Segrè and Bettina Hoerlin, Holt 201

This book was written by two insiders: Gino Segrè is professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania and nephew of Fermi’s colleague Emilio Segrè, and Bettina Hoerlin grew up at Los Alamos while her father was a physicist there.

3. The Geek Atlas: 128 Places Where Science and Technology Come Alive by John Graham-Cumming, O’Reilly 2009

It’s not too late to plan your summer vacation. This book covers interesting sites worldwide — and the only Illinois entry? You guessed it — Fermilab!

4. The Simple Physics of Energy Use by Peter Rez, Oxford University Press 2017

The author, an Arizona State University physics professor, uses undergraduate-level physics, starts from scientific fundamentals, and presents the mathematical realities of our options for renewable energy and fossil fuel use.

5. Particle Physics : A Very Short Introduction by F. E. Close, Oxford University Press, 2004
6. Engineering : A Very Short Introduction by David Blockley, Oxford University Press, 2012
7. Astrophysics : A Very Short Introduction by James Binney, Oxford University Press, 2016

Just what are your colleagues working on here at Fermilab? These little books discuss the central issues of each field.

Sandra Lee is a librarian in the Fermilab Library.