by Sarah Wild (Pan Macmillan) ISBN: 978-1-77010-438-9
Innovation is the second book from multi-award winning science journalist and science editor at the Mail & Guardian, Sarah Wild.
The book is a compilation of smart and informative articles, grouped in five sections: Environment, Energy, Health, Industry and Education. As I progressed through the book, my sense of excitement grew at the extent and intricacy of the solutions and projects from all over the country in a plethora of disciplines, who knew?
Not only in spite of, but because of the challenges that are very specific to South Africa there are people at our universities and research facilities finding new ways to mitigate and ultimately solve the problems we face. Projects such as Mobile Laboratories to help small, rural farmers add diversity to their cattle flocks, the iShack solar panel power project for informal settlements and tablet roll-out to less advantaged schools to assist teachers, show insight into basic community needs.Wild imparts enough technical knowledge to leave the reader feeling well informed on each article’s topic without causing overwhelm. I loved this book because it acknowledges how gutsy and original our researchers, scientists and engineers are.