6 Notable Science Books I’ve Read in 2021

From botany to physics - these titles got me through the year

Cátia Matos


Welcome, 2022!

I wanted to start this year with a review of the science books that inspired me. I plan to add up to the list and complete it with the review of some classics as well.

Read it all at home and while on lockdown. There’s no specific order to this list. The simplest writing and the throwbacks kept me motivated and hopefully, you can find your next read here too.

1. The Nation of Plants

by Stefano Mancuso

(2019, 144 pages)

Dr. Mancuso gives us an ode to the plant kingdom and records in it the Letter for Plants Rights. The book has eight articles stating how these rights are interlinked to an established plant nation. It brings to mind how plants made their place on this planet and deserve their expression.

A quick read which recalls the qualities and support system that this kingdom created for other organisms. How the feedback loop and hierarchical chain of events are sustained by plant life. This book is a much-needed exercise to recall and convert anyone to the importance of the natural green world.

2. The Secret Wisdom of Nature

by Peter Wohlleden

(2017, 272 pages)

This book comes from the perspective of someone that works in nature every day, a forest ranger. The author is curious about the invisible interlinks found in the web of animals and their habitats equilibrium. From his German perspective, Wohlleben crafts a repertoire on how management is implemented.

This translates into a book full of twinkly details and histories about the most famous forest residents. It took me around the fine line between the human silviculture approach and the ecology of one of the most well-preserved habitats in Europe.



Cátia Matos

Movement Ecology Ph.D / Lecturer in Spatial Ecology / Publishing about research, data and life.