SpaceIL Team Members Recommend Space Books
The journey to the Moon starts in reading a good book!
Here is a Space and Science Reading List from our team members, for Book Week 2015:
- Yoav Landsman, Chief System Engineer, recommends the book The Martian by Andy Weir. The book brings the story of NASA astronaut Mark Watney, who was accidentally abandoned on Mars after a catastrophe occurred during his team’s mission – and presumed dead. Watney had to deal with the hostile environment all alone, with limited equipped and supplies, using his experience and qualifications as an engineer to find creative solutions for survival. Yoav read the book this year and highly recommends it: “Apart from being an exciting and thrilling space story, the book also illustrates the complexity and risks of space missions. It gives you a glimpse to the less familiar world of astronauts and engineers on space missions and the challenges they are facing”.
- Ayelet Weizmann, SpaceIL VP of Education, recommends a series of books for teenagers: The Time and Space and of Uncle Albert and Black Holes and Uncle Albert, by Russell Stannard. The heros of the book are a girl named Gedanken (which means “though” in German) and her uncle, Albert. “It is an endearing story about space travel, time and the universe”, says Ayelet, “including simple explanations of the principles of the Theory of Relativity”.
- Avi Barliya (PhD), Head of Attitude and Orbit Control System, recommends Profiles of the Future by Arthur C Clarke. “I read the book on my late twenties and it left a mark”, says Avi. “This book does not fall under the category of science fiction”, According to Avi. “In his book, Arthur C. Clarke tries to describe the great problems that humanity is facing and to figure out where and how to solve it (for example, control the weather rather than anticipate it)”. Clack brings a fascinating thinking process which at first might seem completely imaginary or fictional, silly even, such as: genetically engineered dwarf elephant, to solve the problem of traffic in the city. Clark allows himself to think outside the box and show us, that the tools we use today don’t allow us to really think about how our future will look like. It requires a way of thinking that doesn’t make sense for most of us. The book opens your mind and demonstrates true creative thinking.
- Alex Gelman of SpaceIL’s Ground Segment team, recommends Solaris by Stanislaw Lem. “I read the book a long time ago and I remember it well,” says Alex. “This is a classic science fiction book, well written, with a wonderful idea. It’s an exciting and surprising book, that makes you think about the meaning of life and the universe”.
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