Top 10 Tuesday — Science Lectures, Laboratories, and Math Classes, Oh My!

12 Oct

Happy Ada Lovelace Day! If you have no idea who this holiday commemorates, you are not alone. One of my book clubs is reading biographical fiction this year, and we chose Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini as our October selection. Our discussion is tomorrow, so we will be celebrating a day late. πŸ˜‰ For those of you who don’t know, Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace, the only child of Lord Byron, was a math prodigy and heralded as the first computer programmer. So to honor her memory, my TTT list includes characters who know their way around a laboratory, a science lecture, or math class. The characters all have some connection to STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) — geologists, computer scientists, lab techs, math teachers, physicists, just to name a few. While some of these books reinforced my choice of English as a college major πŸ˜‰ , I am very glad that more and more women are entering occupations once filled only with men.

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Books Featuring STEM Characters

An Air That Kills by Christine Poulson (medical researcher)

Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini (mathematician)

The Engineer’s Wife by Tracy Enerson Wood (engineer)

In Too Deep by Lynn H. Blackburn (professor/computer forensics)

Let It Be Me by Becky Wade (high school math teacher)

A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberly Duffy (entomologist)

State of Lies by Siri Mitchell (physicist)

The Stones Cry Out by Sibella Giorello (geologist)

Strands of Truth by Colleen Coble (marine biologist)

With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden (lab assistant)

11 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — Science Lectures, Laboratories, and Math Classes, Oh My!”

  1. Lori October 12, 2021 at 10:27 am #

    I’m on a romance kick this year, and I am so here for Let It Be Me! Looks really good. πŸ™‚


    • rbclibrary October 12, 2021 at 10:35 am #

      You will love it!

      • Lori October 12, 2021 at 10:38 am #

        Already grabbed it from the library! Thanks for the rec. πŸ™‚

  2. lydiaschoch October 12, 2021 at 10:29 am #

    I love this list! Ada was such an intelligent woman.

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  3. Steph-paigesofbooks October 12, 2021 at 12:14 pm #

    This post was a lot of fun. Here is my post-

  4. Cindy Davis October 12, 2021 at 12:18 pm #

    Very creative take, love it!

  5. Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird Blog October 12, 2021 at 12:27 pm #

    Enchantress of Numbers sounds fascinating! I’ve read a few books on your list — I love Let It Be Me.

    I LOLed at your English major comment. I can relate, though I do enjoy math/arithmetic when it doesn’t involve variable letters (ahem, algebra).

    • rbclibrary October 12, 2021 at 3:22 pm #

      And I spent 23 years keeping my husband’s books! Luckily not a lot of algebra involved. πŸ˜‰

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