THE OFFICIAL
BOOK SELECTION

Our officially selected books delve into topics all over the science spectrum, from the immense depths of space to the miniscule forms that make up the matter around us.

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OFFICIAL BOOK SELECTION

STUFF MATTERS

STUFF MATTERS

BY: MARK MIODOWINK

From a paper clip to a jet engine, our lives are filled with all kinds of materials, and that stuff...matters. Professor Mark Miodownik explores and explains why glass is see through, why elastic is stretchy, and how writing with a pencil on paper is a visible transfer of atoms. This really is a fantastic book and shines a light on all the materials and objects we use without thinking of their incredible origins. “Stuff Matters” has been an invaluable resource when researching certain Vsauce episodes and we think you’ll love it, as well, which is why this copy is adorned with the exclusive Curiosity Box seal.
PACKING FOR MARS

PACKING FOR MARS

BY: MARY ROACH

We are HUGE fans of Mary Roach’s work and this book is a funny and informative look at what it takes, and what we are doing, to get to Mars. Asking questions like: what happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Or is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

THE ELEMENTS

BY: THEODORE GREY

We are made of elements. Everything around us, the world we know, is made of those same things. We generally don’t get to see the elements in their pure form, especially not all 118 on the periodic table. This book gives you an incredible photographic look at the pieces that make up our universe. Not only do we get to see the elements in their true form, but also how they appear in the world around us. There is also information on each element’s atomic weight, density, atomic radius, and crystal structure in addition to its electron order filling, atomic emission spectrum, and states of matter at various temperatures. This book might just take you out of your normal element and into...Elements.