Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s First Female Rocket Scientist
by George D. Morgan
Mary Sherman Morgan’s playwright son, George D. Morgan, knew that his mother had invented hydyne, the rocket propellant that put America’s first satellite in orbit, while working at North American Aviation during the Cold War. But much of her story was shrouded in mystery until he decided to write first a play and then a biography about her life.
People, Parasites, and Plowshares: Learning From Our Body’s Most Terrifying Invaders
by Dickson D. Despommier
Despommier, a Columbia University parasitologist, chronicles the discovery—and destructive treachery—of parasites as well as the promise they offer modern medicine in curing a number of diseases.
Future Bright: A Transforming Vision of Human Intelligence
by Michael E. Martinez
Martinez, who was an education scholar at UC-Irvine (Future Bright was published posthumously), argues that we need a smarter society in order to prosper in our information economy—and that human intelligence can be increased greatly through learning.