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Emily Lakdawalla

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Emily Lakdawalla is an American planetary geologist and Senior Editor of The Planetary Society, contributing as both a science writer and a blogger. She has also worked as a teacher and as an environmental consultant.
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The Tangled Tree
A Radical New History of Life
David Quammen - 2019-08-06
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Science writer David Quammen explains how recent discoveries in molecular biology can change our understanding of evolution and life’s history, with powerful implications for human health and even our own human nature. In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery t...
Emily Lakdawalla
2022-03-19T15:02:06.000Z
As background to this I recommend reading David Quammen’s book The Tangled Tree with its excellent explanation of horizontal gene transfer, despite my reservations about the book’s treatment of women scientists & contribution to the “great man” view of the history of science      source
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The Mars Challenge
The Past, Present, and Future of Human Spaceflight
Benjamin A. Wilgus - 2020-06-16
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Travel to deep space and back again with The Mars Challenge, a nonfiction graphic novel for teens about the science and logistics of a manned mission to Mars.Nadia is a teen with a dream: to be the first woman on Mars. But to get there, she's got to learn all she can about the science of spaceflight. It's a good thing her friend Eleanor is an Attit...
Emily Lakdawalla
2021-09-29T16:05:47.000Z
I just recorded an interview and the interviewer asked me to recommend some kids' books. One I picked was The Mars Challenge by @aliwilgus and @WyethYates -- it's excellent for any kid (or adult!) who's hoping to put boots on Martian ground someday.      source
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The Horse, the Wheel, and Language
How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World
David W. Anthony - 2010-08-15 (first published in 2007)
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Roughly half the world's population speaks languages derived from a shared linguistic source known as Proto-Indo-European. But who were the early speakers of this ancient mother tongue, and how did they manage to spread it around the globe? Until now their identity has remained a tantalizing mystery to linguists, archaeologists, and even Nazis seek...
Emily Lakdawalla
2021-06-29T04:18:10.000Z
@elektrotal I loved this book!      source
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Basics of Space Flight
Dave Doody - 2011-05-07
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How do you get to another planet? Can gravity assist you? How do spacecraft communicate? Broad in scope and loaded with references, Basics of Space Flight identifies the many fields and concepts associated with robotic interplanetary space exploration, and shows how they operate together. Popular with teachers, students, and anyone who is curious a...
Emily Lakdawalla
2021-01-29T02:53:24.000Z
Have I got a book for you!!!! Enjoy “The Basica of Space Flight,” by David Doody:      source
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Launch Photography
Ben Cooper Photographs Rockets of NASA and More
Ben Cooper - 2019-09-15
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Master launch photographer Ben Cooper captures readers’ favorite subjects in a new light. Rather than presenting the standard “rocket lifting off the launch pad” images, he provides fresh perspectives. In addition to providing text about manned and unmanned crafts that will pique the interest of shuttle enthusiasts and newcomers alike, he shares wi...
Emily Lakdawalla
2021-01-24T18:52:35.000Z
If you like looking at photos of big rockets going up, regardless of your age, get Ben's book! Chock-full of gorgeous pictures. @LaunchPhoto I hope you can print a coffee-table type book some day; the only thing I dislike about this book is that I want everything to be bigger!      source
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Dreyer's English
An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style
Benjamin Dreyer - 2019-01-29
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A witty, informative guide to writing "good English" from Random House's longtime copy chief and one of Twitter's leading enforcers of proper grammar--a twenty-first-century Elements of Style. As authoritative as it is amusing, this book distills everything Benjamin Dreyer has learned from the hundreds of books he has copyedited, including works by...
Emily Lakdawalla
2021-01-04T05:00:50.000Z
@misscecil I read this and hated it. I enjoyed Daemon Voices by Philip Pullman. And also BC Dreier’s book on editing.      source
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Daemon Voices
On Stories and Storytelling
Philip Pullman - 2018-09-18 (first published in 2017)
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From the international best-selling author of the His Dark Materials Trilogy, a spellbinding journey into the secrets of his art—the narratives that have shaped his vision, his experience of writing, and the keys to mastering the art of storytelling.One of the most highly acclaimed and best-selling authors of our time now gives us a book that chart...
Emily Lakdawalla
2021-01-04T05:00:50.000Z
@misscecil I read this and hated it. I enjoyed Daemon Voices by Philip Pullman. And also BC Dreier’s book on editing.      source
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Black Women in Science
A Black History Book for Kids
Kimberly Brown Pellum - 2019-10-08
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Bold, black women in science—where will their inspiration take you? Throughout history, black women have blazed trails across the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Black Women in Science brings something special to black history books for kids, celebrating incredible black women in STEM who have used their brains, bravery...
Emily Lakdawalla
2020-12-11T18:42:18.000Z
Hey @BLACKandSTEM @BlackPhysicists folks, this middle-grade book of 15 biographies of African-American women in STEM is really excellent!! Stories written to provide models of courage, persistence, and self-confidence for tweens and teens.      source
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Your Place in the Universe
Jason Chin - 2020-09-01
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With crisp illustration and intriguing science, Your Place in the Universe introduces readers to the mind-boggling scale of the known Universe.Most eight-year-olds are about five times as tall as this book... but only half as tall as an ostrich, which is half as tall as a giraffe... twenty times smaller than a California Redwood! How do they compar...
Emily Lakdawalla
2020-12-11T03:00:38.000Z
3 new recs so far this year: Your Place in the Universe, by Jason Chin Geology is a Piece of Cake, by Katie Coppens Sports Stars: Astronomy for the Sports Fan (actually 3 books), by Scott Rockfield:      source
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Sports Stars
Astronomy for the Sports Fan in All of Us (Top NBA Players Edition)
Sports Stars Llc - 2020-07-24
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Share a wonderful learning experience with your child or give as a gift. "Sports Stars: Astronomy for the sports fan in all of us" is a great way for a child (6-12) to read child-appropriate biographies about their favorite athlete and enjoy the hand drawn illustrations. And then, if they feel adventurous, they can go outside and find the athlete o...
Emily Lakdawalla
2020-12-11T03:00:38.000Z
3 new recs so far this year: Your Place in the Universe, by Jason Chin Geology is a Piece of Cake, by Katie Coppens Sports Stars: Astronomy for the Sports Fan (actually 3 books), by Scott Rockfield:      source
The Moon Show by Carmen Gloria
Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch
Moonshot by Brian Floca
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I Know Exactly What You Are by Julia Kregenow
Geology Is a Piece of Cake by Katie Coppens
Caroline's Comets by Emily Arnold McCully
Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood
Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci
You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey
Analog Days by Trevor Pinch
Chanur's Legacy by C. J. Cherryh