Color defines much of our world… and it comes together as a combination of biology, chemistry, and physics. In The Secret Language of Color, hundreds of striking images detail the whole of our visible spectrum from minute life on our planet to masses in the cosmos. Mirror the research for Kevin’s “Invention of Blue” video as you whisk through explanations of the science and culture of color that will expose you to a universe more vivid than you’ve ever seen it before.
REALITY IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS
BY: CARLO ROVELLI
Carlo Rovelli is an Italian theoretical physicist and the head of
at the Centre
de Physique Théorique of Aix-
Marseille University. Michael and
I (Jake) have read this book
multiple times and have used it
for countless videos. Rovelli is able
to take wonderfully dense and
abstract concepts and explain
them in a vivid, understandable
way. ALSO: the cover design is
simply phenomenal. We know
you’ll love this book just as much
as we do. Prepare to have your
perception of reality . . . altered.
THE SCIENCE BOOK
BY: DORLING KINDERSLEY AND JOHN FARNDON
Crack open this inventive visual take on
astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physics
and more. The Science Book features fascinating
artwork, diagrams, and illustrations which help
simplify complicated concepts ranging from
genetic engineering to black holes.
BY: STEPHEN BIESTY
Dive into the inner workings
of a medieval fortress and
learn the Why, What, and
When of castle life in both
peace and war. The
are like candy for your
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.
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
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?
FRUIT & SEEDS
BY: ROB KESSELER AND WOLFGANG STUPPY
From the largest (coco de mer, 23kg) to the smallest (orchid, 0.81 micrograms), seeds are incredible. They are plant embryos packed with genetic information and they come in an impressive variety of shapes. Fruit is, in every sense, the product of great labor. Serving a myriad of purposes, fruit ranges the gamut from deadly to delicious. Please enjoy this intricate look at selections from Rob Kesseler and Wolfgang Stuppy of the Millennium Seed Bank.
LIGHT: THE INVISIBLE SPECTRUM AND BEYOND
BY: KIMBERLY ARCAND AND MEGAN WATZKE
Light permeates our universe... and it's even inside us. Each chapter of "Light: The Visible Spectrum & Beyond" explores a different form of electromagnetic radiation with hundreds of full-color images to illuminate and fascinate.
EARTH AND SPACE: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE ARCHIVE OF NASA
BY: NIRMALA NATARAJ & BILL NYE
Flip through this brilliant, full-color book showcasing the wonders of our universe. NASA has curated over 100 images that detail the breadth of our beautiful solar system, from Apollo’s stunning views of Earth to the majesty of comet dust.
HOW TO SPEAK SCIENCE
BY: BRUCE BENAMRAN
Science YouTuber Bruce Benamran's book takes a candid look at the who and the how of humanity's scientific progress. From a critical examination of Aristotle to a rundown of non-Euclidean space-time, How to Speak Science is teeming with vignettes and big ideas.
MATH WITH BA D DRAWINGS BOOK
BY: BEN ORLIN
Math: It's everywhere! But sometimes it can be difficult to understand how knowledge of math can impact your daily life, and that's where Ben Orlin's fantastic book comes in: it covers numbers, income taxes, dice, economics, lotteries, the electoral college, and more - and shows how understanding themath involved is both fasinating and can bring tangible benefits. Also, despite the title, we think the drawings are pretty great!
The Curiosity Box delivers Vsauce’s favorite science toys, puzzles, books, games, and more right to your door! Every item is hand-selected by Michael, Kevin and Jake.
Within the sea is where I live; I love to learn and think. My full name is INQUISITIVE, but you can call me INQ!