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There are specialised book scanners that have a V shaped platform that you can put the book on then an overhanging camera can scan the page. This prevents the binding from being harmed. However they are very expensive and most likely you wouldn’t want to buy them for just one book.
My university library had these scanners. Maybe you can find an arrangement like this.
On the other hand, if you want to use a flatbed scanner, you can unbind the book, scan the pages individually then get it bound again.
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I haven’t read any science books except two.
“Not in Our Genes” by Lewontin et al was very good. It is a bit old but wise beyond its years on the topic of how the mainstream foray into genetics was often a cudgel to reinforce classist, racist, etc. biological determinist ideas.
Then there was a book related to covid that was published by Monthly Review. It helped open my eyes about how factory farming of animals creates conditions that are conducive to the evolution of deadly pathogens. But it was just a collection of related essays that had a common theme but were not converging towards a specific point so I didn’t find it memorable. The writing was pretty dramatic (not in a good way). As such I can’t recall the book’s title.
Pop science books are usually oversimplified to the point of being useless. Sapiens is warm trash juice for example.
Edit: I have also read The Selfish Gene by Dick Dawkins. Its hypothesis is that the gene is the basic unit of natural selection is IMO very interesting. I wonder if it has influenced natural sciences in some way but I don’t know how to check that. The book is also historic for coining the term “meme”.
Komrade Putin is taking the heat away from China. Just check it out: https://reddit.invak.id/r/worldnews/
At the time of writing it is chock full of Russophobia. The streak is only broken by an article about climate deniers insulting meteorologists. After that it is anti Russia stuff again.
People may dislike it for the specifics of the story but at least the premise is very interesting. I lost interest 75% through the first book but would love to read a synopsis of the story.