“What role do we have as human beings who perceive, make decisions, laugh, and cry, in this great fresco of the world as depicted by contemporary physics?,” asks the eminent Italian scientist Carlo Rovelli in Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, adding, “If the world is a swarm of ephemeral quanta of space and matter, a great jigsaw puzzle of space and elementary particles, then what are we?”

This month, we’re focusing on the Dewey 500s, the section of the library that houses books on mathematics, nature, science, and discovery. To help you shape and manage your local collections, we’ve identified over 90 core and essential titles including: several pocket-sized guides for nature lovers; curriculum-based study guides for adult learners; meticulously researched animal studies; popular scientific histories; stunning portfolios of wildlife photography and lucid meditations on the cosmos.

What science and math titles are popular at your library? Do they include Sagan’s Cosmos, DeGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk, Casey’s Voices in the Ocean and Sobel’s The Glass Universe? Please share as we’re eager to hear from you!

Let Us Know What You Consider Fundamental and Core.

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