You know there’s one in your family or among your circle of friends. They go by a variety of names – the geek, the nerd, the technologist, the scientist, the researcher – but share a common enthusiasm for an intellectual pursuit or hobby.
With the holiday gift pressure on, what do you get the geek in your life?
IDRI employees weighed in with their suggestions – it’s quite the list!
Smithsonian.com published its best gifts of 2014 for “science geeks.” Tanya Parish loves this list – particularly #9: the Carson HookUpz Universal Smart Phone Optics Adapter.
Looking to shop locally? Check out the Pacific Science Center’s gift store (small selection available online), which is a great way to support science education and outreach. Or there’s Ada’s Technical Books and Café, with a good selection of science/technical books as well as science-related gifts (plus you can have a cup of coffee while your browse!)
For the reader on your list, Mark Orr suggests The End of Plagues: The Global Battle Against Infectious Disease by John Rhodes. “It’s a history of vaccination; so far, it’s a pretty good, light read,” he said. Jill Ashman added that Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen — dubbed as a mixture of science writing and detective story — is is well-written and very topical. Though he hasn’t read it himself, Zack Sagawa said he’s heard What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions is good book, both funny and nerdy. (more…)