A group of scientists, researchers and authors are calling on readers to consider the latest science-based books to help them understand the world around us.
They’re calling for readers to look beyond the “mainstream” science books and look at “alternative science books,” including works from science-focused books and other sources.
“It’s not the mainstream science books that are out there, but the alternative science books, which often contain ideas that are not mainstream science, or alternative science, that are the problem,” said Dr. Michael Kluger, a former dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UC Berkeley and author of the forthcoming book “The Blue Book.”
“And these books have a different approach to the science, but they’re still the science.”
The group, the Blue Book Project, has released a list of the top 10 books from last month’s New York Times Bestseller list and is calling on people to “browse through and consider these books.”
“We believe that the best books on science and technology are those that are available on the Internet and accessible to the widest possible audience, that offer new perspectives on the world, and that are open to discussion and discussion,” said Michael Kranz, the group’s executive director.
Kranz said the books include the popular books of recent years like ” The New Yorker” and “The Wall Street Journal,” and the books of the past like “Cult of Personality,” “The Big Bang Theory” and the “Citizen Kane.”
Kranze said the group is also considering “The Best of Science,” a collection of books that cover topics like biology, physics, medicine, the environment and the arts.
“We know that people who read books are more likely to read, and are more receptive to, alternative perspectives, and we’re calling on everyone to share their favorites with each other,” he said.
“A lot of the books are very easy to read and have very simple ideas, but people can pick up on a lot of things they might not have thought about,” he added.
“The blue book is a way for people to be more involved with these ideas,” said Karen Leffler, a professor of English at Georgetown University.
“In our view, it’s not a substitute for reading the books that have been published, but it can provide people with a better understanding of these ideas.”
Krane said there are currently several books in the Blue Books program, including the popular and award-winning “The Martian,” “Liar’s Poker” and a recent book called “Science of the Bible.”
Krinell said that the group wants to create a “science literacy” website, which would allow people to browse the titles of books in their local library and share what they read with other scientists.
“This is something we hope people will look at, and it is something that could be helpful to their careers and their communities,” he explained.
Krinella said he hopes the Blue book Project can also become a platform for people from outside the scientific community to share ideas.
“I think that we should encourage people to take part in the conversation, to talk about these ideas, because there is a lot to learn from what we have learned,” he concluded.
Krane and Leffell also encourage readers to go through a list to see what’s out there.
“One of the most interesting and powerful things about this book is that it is not just the scientific literature,” Klugers said.
“It’s the way we understand it, and our understanding of it.
And that means that people are going to have a lot more fun reading the science books.”
The Blue Books project is not the first time scientists and the public have spoken out about the need to make books more accessible to a wider audience.
In 2012, scientists and advocates at the American Association for the Advancement of Science called for bookstores to “stop selling books that promote a particular viewpoint.”
And in a 2013 New York City survey, 70 percent of booksellers said they are not able to sell books about science.
Kruse said the Blue books project is part of a larger movement to get books more widely available.
“There is a need for books to be available, and they need to be accessible, but at the same time, they need a broader audience,” she said.
The Blue books initiative will continue through March, with the first collection of new books slated to be published by the end of June.