Picks

The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll

The Higgs boson is one of our era’s most fascinating scientific frontiers and the key to understanding why mass exists. The most recent book on the subject, The God Particle, was a bestseller.

(New Math) - (New Teaching) =Failure by Elizabeth Green

Why Do Americans Stink at Math?

Parents are rebelling against the Common Core, even though its approach - fostering intuition through real-world examples - is the best way to teach math to kids. The real problem: No one has shown the teachers how to teach it.

"The Unpersuadables" by Will Storr

The Unpersuadables, by Will Storr

Journalist Will Storr provides sixteen vignettes about people who hold decidedly minority views about scientific and historical topics. Rather than just saying, "This is what these people believe, and here is why they are wrong", Storr allows each of them to tell their own story, and lets their words speak largely for themselves.

"The Big Sleep" by Ian Parker

Insomnia drugs like Ambien are notorious for their side effects. Has Merck created a blockbuster replacement?

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh

Simon Singh uses mathematical tidbits planted by the nerds and geeks who write The Simpsons to lead the reader on an excursion through some amazing mathematics. The book will appeal to the kind of person who might read JCE, and others with some mathematical background and interest.

MOSART Tests

The MOSART tests are designed to measure understanding of science concepts. The name, MOSART, stands for:

Misconceptions-Oriented Standards-based Assessment Resources for Teachers