Everyone is searching for suggestions to develop his/her aptitudes and skills in a particular field. Such exchange increases our passion and creates a wide network of collaborators!
These are few of my preferred book and web contents, which inspired me and gave me the opportunity to develop some good ideas.
Let me know your feedback about them!
The fossil hunter. Dinosaurs, evolution, and the woman whose discoveries changed the World by Shelley Emling
This is the biography of Mary Anning, the famous and, at the same time, the unknown woman that discovered the first Plesiosaurus (and many more within the sediments of the Jurassic Coast (southern U.K.). Her extraordinary life is described with personal details and in a time where men were the only people allowed to have a real career, her scientific discoveries allowed her to reach the likes of George Cuvier, Richard Owen and Louis Agassiz. Absolutely to read!
The map that changed the World by Simon Winchester
This is the biography of William Smith, the father of Geology. The book is one of the most detailed and fascinating descriptions of the life of a man that dealt with so many scientific, social and cultural problems, and gave so much to modern science, that everyone should know something about his challenges.
T. rex and the Crater of Doom, by Walter Alvarez
This is not the best book I ever read, but I have to admit that it opens a historical and retrospective window to one of the most outstanding discoveries of the last century, i.e. the concept that dinosaurs extinction is in fact related to a dramatic impact (catastrophism) of a meteor at Chicxulub.
He started to think about the K-Pg boundary (Cretaceous-Paleogene) in Italy, close to the town of Gubbio, and he met a young Isabella Premoli Silva, a great paleontologist (retired) at the University of Milan (Italy).
W. Alvarez defines geologists and paleontologists as historians of the Earth, a definition particularly fascinating for anybody who wants to approach this research field!
Lucy, the origin of humankind by Donald Johanson and Maitland Edey
The discovery of Australophitecus afarensis, friendly named Lucy, and of the hard work that preceded and after this extraordinary skeleton!
Nelson Mandela, long walk to freedom! by Nelson Mandela
What’s about resilience? What is an ideal dream? What are you for your Country, your people, for the humanity? These are few and simple questions that drive you to read this autobiography of Mandela, or Madiba. He has worked hard to affirm his ideas, with humility and determination, lost his time and his private life, and finally, something had changed….for everyone, all around the world.