10 Science & Technology Books to Help You Become a Geek

Science & technology has always managed to bewitch, enthrall, and capture our imaginations for ages. Governance, industry, and even personal efficiency or comfort are all better today due to the steady progress in science and technology.

Although most of the early works of scientific imagination was dreamier than practical, most of whatever the likes of Da Vinci had imagined have already come true.

Even if you weren’t much of a geek until now, reading any of the books on science and technology below will make you want to become a geek:

10. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

First Published: 1992

What It’s About:

What would you do if the world you live in is suddenly chaos? When mafia controls Pizza delivery, the Internet becomes the Meta-verse and the entire United States is nothing but a hodge-podge of city-states, what would you make of it all? The Cyberpunk Novel Snow Crash is all about an environs that envelops you into chaos that’s characteristic of a not-so-distant future (Imagined in 1992). The protagonist sets out to combat a computer virus that threatens to plunge the world into “Infocalypse”.

Why You Should Read It:

Say hello to the Sumerian Myths, Japanese Anime-type action, and a fast action book that’d make you think that you should have been the one creating the environs about which Hiro Protagonist (that’s the name of the lead character) jumps about. Or maybe you’d just wonder how all that imagination comes into play with fast action, a gripping story, and a narration that equals a popular psycho thriller.

Best Quote:

“When you are wrestling for possession of a sword, the man with the handle always wins.”

9. Ready Player One: A Novelby Ernest Cline

First Published: 2011

What It’s About:

Wade loves clues and puzzles confined within the digital world and he devotes his entire life futzing to breakthrough, and to find out. The creator – of OASIS and the richest man on the planet — of these puzzles has one trick up his sleeve: most of the clues to work with the puzzles in 2044 have their roots in decades old pop culture. Figuring out the solutions for these puzzles promises massive power for whoever unlocks them. A mega battle ensues along with the saga of Wade’s own adventure to find the hidden treasure guarded by mythical creatures.

Why You Should Read It:

If you ever wanted to see inspiration soaring, and in action, Cline’s Ready Player One is just the thing you are looking for. The book captures the aura of a future you’d not have guessed but you’d witness that with a sense of nostalgia as Cline possibly knows every arcade game, pop song, and hundreds of nuances particular to life through the 1980s.

Best Quote:

“No one in the world gets what they want and that is beautiful.”

8. I, Robot, By Isaac Asimov

First Published: 1950

What It’s About:

Robots have three specific laws to follow – it might not injure a human (or even through inaction cause humans any harm); a robot must obey orders (except when in conflict with the first law); and lastly, a robot must protect its own existence. Three directives but yet chaos reigns. Isaac Asimov changes our perception on Robots forever with those three laws but I, Robot is all about stories of robots that have gone bad. Robots turn into law keepers, politicians, and even run the world secretly.

Why You Should Read It:

Fact meets fiction in an imaginary sort of way and the dramatic blend of Sci-Fi, drama, and imaginative prose makes you feel good that we’ve come far with technology, science, and development. I, Robot makes for a great read as you realize how humanity gives way to Robots, where humanity itself might be rendered obsolete.

Best Quote:

“It’s the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People Say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds up a mirror up to you?”

7. On the Origin of the Species, By Charles Darwin

First Published: 1859

What It’s About:

Taking a departure from the usual run-of-the-mill Sci-Fi drama books I’ve been listing so far, it’s time to get a little serious about biological evolution and how things came to be. First published in 1859, Charles Darwin’s raucous paper managed to stir up the intellectual and scientific community at that time on this single premise: humans evolved from primates. Charles’ theory of evolution is an intellectual rendition based on intense research and it delves into important aspects of human evolution such as how capable species survive, how hierarchies are designed, and more.

Why You Should Read It:

On the Origin of the Species answers questions on how animals, mammals, and humans behave the way they do. It digs back into how we evolved, why we behave the way we do, and why some animal species become extinct. How are we related to the the hummingbird? What do animals and humans have in common? This single science book can throw open doors and windows to human behavior and psyche.

Best Quote:

“One general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.”

6. Future Shock, by Alvin (and Heidi Toffler)

First Published: 1970

What It’s About:

Future Shock is a full account of the future by Alvin Toffler and it’s popular because we all like to read various versions of the future. Almost 40 years since it was published, Alvin hits the nail with many of his predictions coming true today. Things like people traveling a lot, economists sounding redundant, unforeseen consequences of technology, and more. The book is a classic and it gives you a little window about how far back the technology you enjoy today was imagined many decades ago.

Why You Should Read It:

Future Shock talks about how people won’t be able to adjust to technological change. He speaks of bizarre behavior associated with forward strides in technology, and how science will change us. He predicts many aspects, concepts, and ideas that are actually true today. So true that you are not even aware of it.

Best Quote:

“Tomorrow’s illiterate will not be the man who can’t read; he will be the man who has not learned how to unlearn.”

5. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, by Jared Diamond

First Published: 2006

What It’s About:

Pulitzer prize winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel – Jared Diamond — now has a say on how environmental damage, climate, change, rising population crisis, and globalization are all changing the society we live in, for good. In Collapse, Jared digs in all the way back to the civilizations of Maya, Anasazi, and the Polynesian cultures of Easter Island and explains how we are impacted geographically, societally, and biologically of all of the above.

Why You Should Read It:

There are significant issues impacting us all the time. People who lived before us faced it. We face it now. But what exactly are we facing? What’s that impending doom that we are blissfully unaware of? Jared brings out historical examples and helps us jog our memory to keep us protected from what is inevitable, if we don’t much about it. Get insights on alarming information – skirting with geological, geographical, and biological impacts – that affect us all today.

Best Quote:

“People often ask: What’s the single most important environmental population problem facing the world today? A flip answer would be: our misguided focus on identifying the single most important problem.”

4. The Time Machine, By H.G Wells

First Published: 1895

What It’s About:

Time travel has always fascinated us and The Time Machine by H.G Wells is a thrilling Sci-Fi novel that revolves around a “Time Traveler”. It starts with the time traveler calling in a group of distinguished guests for a party. He introduces the time machine, explains how it works, and demonstrates how the time machine works. In another dinner party later, he walks in with a story. The Time Machine is all about that story.

Why You Should Read It:

Fascination is the bed of the strange. H.G Wells is a masterful story-teller and he grips you with wild imagination, which was great considering the time the book was first published. It’s a gripping read as you fall off the reality into the astonished world of the Universe’s 4th dimension – a world no one knows about, and only the protagonist with this marvel of a time machine can discover.

Best Quote:

“It sounds plausible enough tonight, but wait until tomorrow. Wait for the common sense of the morning.”

3. The War of The Worlds, by H.G Wells

First Published: 1898

What It’s About:

Amazon calls The War of the Worlds as the “Grand daddy of all alien invasion stories” – the very idea on which countless other books, stories, and movies are made from. And it is. With this yet another classic Sci-Fi from H.G Wells, he puts aliens in perspective as they watch the earth for a long tie. Martians then make a move with huge machines rising from within the Earth and laying humanity waste to the countryside. Man is no longer the most powerful being on the planet as Martian’s hunt humans for their own existence.

Why You Should Read It:

The War of the Worlds is an undeniable classic, a gripping read, and a fantasy that’s as original as the thought of aliens is. Reads like a movie and holds you up like a book. Every Sci-Fi fan, geek, science student, technology aficionado should grab a copy before yet another rendition of the same concept comes in to spoil the original imagination and narration that the genius of Wells captured in The War of the Worlds.

Best Quote:

“Few people realize the immensity of vacancy in which the dust of the material universe swims.”

2. Death from the Skies!: The Science Behind the End of the World, by Philip Plait Ph. D.

First Published: 2008

What It’s About:

Too much of plain science and technology can be boring, or too nerdy. You aren’t a geek yet so a little bit of wit, humor, and an infectious love for all things science (especially astronomy) will only do you good. Death from the Skies is a fun and fascinating read about those fearsome end-of-the-world episodes you’ve already been introduced to, thanks to Hollywood. Asteroids, planet-wiping comets, and black holes have already induced enough fear in you. It’s not time to take a pleasant, scientific, but an easy take on the scientific principles at work behind all of those.

Why You Should Read It:

Science students, science fans, and especially anyone with a mote interest in Astronomy or the Universe in general should get a copy of Death from the Skies – a testimony to the fact that your little corner in the cosmos is at threat, the planet Earth isn’t safe after all. So, what really explains things like black holes and comets? Read on to find out.

Best Quote:

“If you wish to view this as a cautionary tale, be my guest.”

1. The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy, By Douglas Adams

First Published: 1979

What It’s About:

The Earth, as we know it, is going to be destroyed to make way for a galactic freeway. Arthur Dent is lifted off the planet just before the destruction happens to set out a long journey through space. It’s a stupid plot with a great writing style, awesome humor, and deep meaningful for those who care to look for it beneath the idiotic banter in weird circumstances.

Why You Should Read It:

If nothing, it’s a pleasant diversion in your life. The time you spent reading The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy is time you owe to yourself. It’s smart, funny, and it’s a wonderful commentary on the human condition. The book almost answers everything for you, although it’s a simple Sci-Fi book. It’s almost as if the book begs you to go and find out even more about the world we live in and the wonderful things we already have.

Best Quote:

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”

Conclusion

It’s not like you’d want to be a geek the moment you put down one of these books, but each of these books – maybe pure science or just Sci-Fi – can only make you wonder about so much there is out there that we still can’t get to wrap our heads around.

As a mere peck of dust in the entire Universe, it only makes us look beyond where we are and learn as much as we can about the wonder that we are, on another wonder called Earth.

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