Today's post is about literature! Often during the summer, I feel compelled to make myself find the time to get some "pleasure reading" done. I usually try to make myself read classic literature, to try to make up for all the liberal arts classes I dodged as an undergrad. Previously, I've thrown myself into Austen, Bronte Sisters, Sir Doyle, and Lovecraft. But this summer, I finally feel as though I'm culturally well-rounded enough that I can stop playing catch-up. This summer I'm going to start reading science classics!
My first foray into this will be Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Rachel Carson has long impressed herself upon me as an influential woman, scientist, and especially a aquatic ecologist. Her novel Silent Spring really started the modern environmental movement, and if I'm going to consider myself a well rounded biologist and scientist, then it's books like this that I need to read.
I just started today, I've only gotten through the first two chapters. Even though this book was written in 1962, I find Carson to be a very lyrical writer, with cadences I would associate with older works (1870-1910s). It gives a very musical tone to what is a very serious topic.
Hopefully I'll work up the courage to tackle Darwin himself one of these days. Does anyone else have any Science classics they'd like to recommend? I'm thinking something by Sagan next.
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