Science in Literature

Science In Literature

I don’t know about you, but I love to read! In much of literature we find ties to scientific knowledge. This goes far beyond science fiction, though much of what we read in science fiction is indeed based in fact, science is not limited by this genre alone. If you have a novel that you think deserves to by on my list, then please leave me the name, author, and topics covered by the book by using the Contact  tab at the top of the page.
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[Click for availability, location, or to place a hold.] Title:       Prey
Author:    Micheal Crichton
Level:      Gr. 9+ and Young Adult
Topic(s):  Biology, Technology, Physics
Crichton’s “page-turning triumph” (“Detroit Free Press”) is now in paperback. Deep in the Nevada desert, an experiment goes horribly wrong as a cloud of self-sustaining nanoparticles escapes from the laboratory. They have been programmed as predators and mankind is the prey.
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[Click for availability, location, or to place a hold.] Title:       Next
Author:    Micheal Crichton
Level:      Gr. 10+ and Young Adult
Topic(s):  Biology, Genetics, Ethics
In his brilliant new blockbuster, the “New York Times” bestselling author of “Jurassic Park” and “The Andromeda Strain” journeys into the realm of genetics: fast, furious, and out of control. Provocative yet playful, dark and disturbing, “Next” is Crichton as he has never been seen before.
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[Click for availability, location, or to place a hold.] Title:       Jurassic Park
Author:    Micheal Crichton
Level:      Gr. 9+ and Young Adult
Topic(s):  Biology, Environmental, Genetics, Ethics
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Creatures once extinct now roam Jurassic Park, soon-to-be opened as a theme park. Until something goes wrong…and science proves a dangerous toy…. “Wonderful…Powerful.” THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
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[Click for availability, location, or to place a hold.] Title:       The Lost World
Author:    Micheal Crichton
Level:      Gr. 9+ and Young Adult
Topic(s):  Biology, Physics, Environmental, Ethics
It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end–the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public.There are rumors that something has survived. . . .
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[Click for availability, location, or to place a hold.]Title:       Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Author:    Joules Verne
Level:      Gr. 3-7
Topic(s):  Marine Science, Biology, Physics
This title can be obtained freely for e-reader.
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[Click for availability, location, or to place a hold.]Title:       Journey to the Center of the Earth
Author:    Joules Verne
Level:      Gr. 4+
Topic(s):  Geology, Earth Science
This title can be obtained freely for e-reader.
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[Click for availability, location, or to place a hold.] Title:       Phoenix Rising
Author:    Karen Hesse
Level:      Gr. 6-9
Topic(s):  Nuclear, Environmental
Nyle’s life with her grandmother on their Vermont sheep farm advances rhythmically through the seasons until the night of the accident at the Cookshire nuclear power plant. Without warning, Nyle’s modest world fills with protective masks, evacuations and mistrust…
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[Click for availability, location, or to place a hold.] Title:       The Girl Who Owned a City
Author:    Dan Jolley
Level:      Gr. 6-10
Topic(s):  Biology, Environmental, Ethics
A deadly virus killed every adult on Earth, leaving only the kids behind. With her parents gone, Lisa is responsible for her little brother, Todd. She has to make sure they stay alive. Many kids are sick or starving, and fierce gangs are stealing and destroying everything they find…
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[Click for availability, location, or to place a hold.] Title:       Flowers for Algernon
Author:    Daniel Keyes
Level:      Gr. 9-12
Topic(s):  Biology, Medicine
With more than five million copies sold, Flowers for Algernon is the beloved, classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life
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Title:       Fantastic Voyage
Author:    Issac Asimov
Level:      Gr. 7-9
Topic(s):  Biology, Medicine
Four men and a woman are reduced to a microscopic fraction of their original size, sent in a miniaturized atomic sub through a dying man’s carotid artery to destroy a blood clot in his brain. If they fail, the entire world will be doomed.
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[Click for availability, location, or to place a hold.]Title:       The Big Burn
Author:    Jeanette Ingold Level:
Gr. 6-9
Topic(s):  Environmental, Biological, Chemistry
Jarrett is sixteen–old enough to reject the railroad job his father wants him to take, old enough to court Lizbeth Whitcomb, old enough to join the fight against the forest fires that are destroying Idaho and Montana. But the fires are worse than anyone dreamed, and soon the flames have come between Jarrett and everything he holds dear…
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Title:       Eva
Author:    Peter Dickinson
Level:      Gr. 6-9
Topic(s):  Environmental, Biological, Chemistry
The picnic on the beach is Eva’s last memory. As she lies in the hospital bed while her mother explains about the accident and the coma, Eva senses there is something they are not telling her–a price she must pay to be alive.
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The coverTitle:       Contact
Author:    Carl Sagan
Level:      Gr. 9-12
Topic(s):  Environmental
Dr. Ellie Arroway, a radio astronomer, discovers a clear and unmistakably intelligent signal from outer space. This signal, and the significance of knowing “we are not alone,” excites debate…
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https://i1.wp.com/cimages.swap.com/images/books/76/0571199976.jpgTitle:       Proof
Author:    David Auburn
Level:      Gr. 10-12
Topic(s):  Mathematics
Proof focuses on Catherine, a young woman who has spent years caring for her father, Robert, a mathematician. His death has brought into her midst Hal, a former student of her father who hopes to find some hint of Robert’s genius in his incoherent scribblings. As they interact they have to consider not only the unpredictability of genius but also the human instinct toward love and trust.
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https://i2.wp.com/www.nicksflickpicks.com/BlogImages/CopenhagenCover.jpgTitle:       Copenhagen
Author:    Michael Frayn
Level:      Gr. 10-12
Topic(s):  Physics, Chemistry
Copenhagen is a play based on a real event which occurred in 1941: a meeting between the physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg and explores the moral questions about scientists working on nuclear weapons. The play debuted in London and later won the Tony Award during its Broadway run.
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[Click for availability, location, or to place a hold.] Title:       The Wizard of Quarks
Author:    Robert Gilmore
Level:      Gr.9-12 and Young Adults
Topic(s):  Physics, Chemistry
Get ready to take another fantastic journey with physicist and author Robert Gilmore, this time with Dorothy, following the yellow building block road through the land of the Wizard of Quarks. Using characters and situations based on the universally known story, The Wizard of Oz…
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All book information was gathered using the Livonia, MI public library catalog resources, and amazon.com.
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