I love books. Really love books. This is my sciencey/education book shelves.
I’ve just moved house and there are still some books packed away. My main university text is missing from my shelves (University Physics: Young and Freedman). As well as some of the books I’ve use a lot for teaching that are at work (inc. The Resourceful Physics Teacher and A Level Physics: Relativity and Quantum Physics).
There must be another box of books hidden away in the garage too. I can’t think what’s missing, but there doesn’t seem to be enough!
I love books for many reasons. They are often attached to memories. The text from my favourite university course is up there. I see some of the popular science books I read as a teenager. They opened my eyes up to whole new worlds I knew nothing about. Finally, my amazing copy of The Feynman Lectures was a gift I received after having my first child. I’m sure most people hope for diamonds at this point in their lives (or nothing, if the whole concept of a push present disgusts and appals you! Ha!) They are now available online. I love being able to look up things I’m teaching, or have recently read about to get the Feynman Lectures take on it.
Books help me teach. If I am teaching something I haven’t thought about for a while I can use them to remind myself of the main ideas. If a student is struggling to understand a particular concept I can look in them to find someone else’s explanation that may help. Recently I’ve used some of these books when students have wanted a more advanced understanding of a topic than we go into in class. A lot of these things happen during discussions with people too, but I do love trying to find answers out for myself with a book.
I have a fairly huge amazon wishlist of physics and education books I want. I have a peep every now and then to see if a cheap second hand one becomes available. I predict I will blog more about books. Maybe review some of the ones I find most helpful. Spread joy about new purchases 🙂
It’s not just physics ones. I try to read at least one non-fiction book a month. Failing badly this year though. My classroom ‘Miss Audsley is reading… ‘ poster has got seriously stuck on The Bell Jar.
So yes, I love books. Just wish I had more time to read…