AMSE Book Club

AMSE Book Club2023-01-05T10:39:46-05:00
This book club is hosted by the American Museum of Science and Energy. We read and discuss books that show how science and history intersect!

AMSE Book Club Schedule

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
by Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin
The 300:  The Inside Story of the Missile Defenders Guarding America Against Nuclear Attack
by Daniel Wasserbly
Charles Darwin’s Barnacle and David Bowie’s Spider: How Scientific Names Celebrate Adventurers, Heroes, and Even a Few Scoundrels.
by Steve Heard
Applied Minds: How Engineers Think
by Guru Madhavan
The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age
by Gino Segre
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
by Simon Winchester
The Spinning Magnet: The Force that Created the Modern World – and Could Destroy It!
by Alanna Mitchell
The Icepick Surgeon: Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science
by Sam Kean
The Rise and Reign of the Mammals: From the Shadow of the Dinosaurs to Us
by Steve Brusatte
Life Atomic: A History of Radioisotopes in Science and Medicine
by Angela Creager
A Planet of Viruses
by Carl Zimmer


The Accidental Ecosystem: People and Wildlife in American Cities

by Peter Alagona

AMSE is proud to partner with the Oak Ridge Public Library, Clinton Public Library, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Libraries, and the Manhattan Project National Historical Park for our online Book Club.
We encourage our Book Club members to visit AMSE’s online “The Discovery Shop” to buy this month’s book or borrow a copy from our Oak Ridge Public Library or Clinton Public Library partners.

AMSE is very proud to have Terra Integras, LLC. as a sponsor for AMSE’s Online Book Club! We sincerely appreciate their
support, and we hope that all of you join the book club and check out the amazing things going on at Terra Integras.

* AMSEcast interview with the author is also available. 
Check out our facebook page for updates on our virtual book club meetings. Join our email list for emails, invites, and special bonus material.

Thanks to all of you who have joined our AMSE Online Book Club! We have had so much fun already and we’ve learned a lot from some great books, and we hope you have too. AMSE’s Executive Director, Alan Lowe, wanted to let you know we are changing the Club just a bit – from now on, all Book Club posts and discussions will take place on our general AMSE Facebook page, not in a separate Facebook Club. We thought this might open the Club to more of our Facebook followers. We will continue to make regular posts and encourage you to join the discussion. Be on the lookout for our Executive Director’s questions to you – sometimes they come with rewards for our readers! Thanks for taking part, and we hope to see you soon and often at AMSE and the K-25 History Center.

Visit AMSE’s Facebook page at to join the discussion with AMSE’s Online Book Club.

To find our Facebook page, simply search “American Museum of Science and Energy” in the Facebook search engine. Be on the lookout for our daily posts to find out what book we will be discussing this month and join the discussion! #AMSEOnlineBookClub

Join us in the month of January, as the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) will be reading a fascinating book called Films From the Future by Andrew Maynard. Visit our partners at the Oak Ridge Public Library and the Clinton Public Library to find a copy. As we read the book, we will have the honor of sharing our Executive Director’s, Alan Lowe, thoughts on Films From the Future, and have a forum discussion every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on our AMSE Facebook page: Join the discussion!
#AMSEOnlineBookClub #AmericanMuseumOfScienceAndEnergy

Facebook – Main AMSE and K-25 History Center Pages
Libsyn – AMSEcast – AMSE’s new podcast series and on all major podcast channels

#1: Get Your Tickets




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#2: See What’s Happening

We hold events, classes, activities, and lectures all the time. Check out what’s going on today!

#3: Set Your Route

Click the map for directions: 115 Main St East Oak Ridge, TN 37830

#4: Learn More About Our Exhibits

We’re so excited for you to visit! In the meantime, learn about our exhibits and history.

#5: Visit The Discovery Shop

Visit the Discovery Shop for AMSE-branded merchandise and apparel, hands-on home science kits, snacks, and more! Want to shop online? Click below!

Hours of Operation

Monday: 1PM – 5PM  |  Tuesday: 9AM – 5PM  |  Wednesday: 9AM – 5PM  |  Thursday: 9AM – 5PM  |  Friday: 9AM – 8PM  |  Saturday: 9AM – 5PM  |  Sunday: 1PM – 5PM


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