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The Best Popular Science Books Of All-Time

Popular Science Books

“What are the best Popular Science Books of All-Time?” We looked at 763 of the top Popular Science books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

In our longest, most extensive list to date, we looked at 22 different “Best Popular Science Book” listicles and aggregated them together so we could see what the top books really are. Altogether, there were over 750 unique titles, 128 of which appeared on multiple lists. We took the top 54 books, all appearing on 3 or more lists, and ranked them below (depending on how many articles they appeared on), including images, descriptions, and links to purchase. The remaining 700+ titles, as well as the articles we used, are below the top books in alphabetical order.

The books cover a variety of different scientific subjects over a long period of time, but they do seem to lean heavier on older titles that have had time to sink in more and influence their areas of expertise for several years. The overall list (especially the top 54) are also very dude-heavy, with only a few female authors sneaking in. It would be interesting to check back in on this in a couple years to see if newer and more diverse titles start to break through into top Popular Science book lists.

If you do want to see some of the best Science books from the last few years, take a look at our year-end Top Science book lists from 2015 and 2016!

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Top 54 Popular Science Books



54 .) Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium by Carl Sagan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dennis Meredith
  • Goodreads
  • Writing About Science

In the final book of his astonishing career, Carl Sagan brilliantly examines the burning questions of our lives, our world, and the universe around us. These luminous, entertaining essays travel both the vastness of the cosmos and the intimacy of the human mind, posing such fascinating questions as how did the universe originate and how will it end, and how can we meld science and compassion to meet the challenges of the coming century? Here, too, is a rare, private glimpse of Sagan’s thoughts about love, death, and God as he struggled with fatal disease. Ever forward-looking and vibrant with the sparkle of his unquenchable curiosity, Billions & Billions is a testament to one of the great scientific minds of our day.

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53 .) Chaos by James Gleick

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Muse
  • Writing About Science
  • Wikipedia

A work of popular science in the tradition of Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan, this 20th-anniversary edition of James Gleick’s groundbreaking bestseller Chaos introduces a whole new readership to chaos theory, one of the most significant waves of scientific knowledge in our time. From Edward Lorenz’s discovery of the Butterfly Effect, to Mitchell Feigenbaum’s calculation of a universal constant, to Benoit Mandelbrot’s concept of fractals, which created a new geometry of nature, Gleick’s engaging narrative focuses on the key figures whose genius converged to chart an innovative direction for science. In Chaos, Gleick makes the story of chaos theory not only fascinating but also accessible to beginners, and opens our eyes to a surprising new view of the universe.

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52 .) Coming of Age in the Milky Way by Timothy Ferris

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dennis Meredith
  • List Muse
  • Writing About Science

From the second-century celestial models of Ptolemy to modern-day research institutes and quantum theory, this classic book offers a breathtaking tour of astronomy and the brilliant, eccentric personalities who have shaped it. From the first time mankind had an inkling of the vast space that surrounds us, those who study the universe have had to struggle against political and religious preconceptions. They have included some of the most charismatic, courageous, and idiosyncratic thinkers of all time. In Coming of Age in the Milky Way, Timothy Ferris uses his unique blend of rigorous research and captivating narrative skill to draw us into the lives and minds of these extraordinary figures, creating a landmark work of scientific history.

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51 .) Death by Black Hole: and Other Cosmic Quandries by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Listverse
  • Dennis Meredith

Loyal readers of the monthly “Universe” essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson’s talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. Bringing together more than forty of Tyson’s favorite essays, ?Death by Black Hole? explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from what it would be like to be inside a black hole to the movie industry’s feeble efforts to get its night skies right. One of America’s best-known astrophysicists, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious fascination for our universe.

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50 .) Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

Lists It Appears On:

  • Pimedia Online
  • Wikipedia
  • Goodreads

“America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of―or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists―who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts.

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49 .) How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dennis Meredith
  • Writing About Science
  • Social Bat

In this Pulitzer Prize finalist and national bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational―and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness? ?How the Mind Works? synthesizes the most satisfying explanations of our mental life from cognitive science, evolutionary biology, and other fields to explain what the mind is, how it evolved, and how it allows us to see, think, feel, laugh, interact, enjoy the arts, and contemplate the mysteries of life.

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48 .) Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos by Dennis Overbye

Lists It Appears On:

  • OEDB
  • Preposterous Universe
  • Writing About Science

In southern California, nearly a half century ago, a small band of researchers — equipped with a new 200-inch telescope and a faith born of scientific optimism — embarked on the greatest intellectual adventure in the history of humankind: the search for the origin and fate of the universe. Their quest would eventually engulf all of physics and astronomy, leading not only to the discovery of quasars, black holes, and shadow matter but also to fame, controversy, and Nobel Prizes. Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos tells the story of the men and women who have taken eternity on their shoulders and stormed nature in search of answers to the deepest questions we know to ask.

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47 .) Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life by Carl Zimmer

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dynamic Ecology
  • List Muse
  • Wikipedia

In this fascinating and utterly engaging book, Carl Zimmer traces E. coli’s pivotal role in the history of biology, from the discovery of DNA to the latest advances in biotechnology. He reveals the many surprising and alarming parallels between E. coli’s life and our own. And he describes how E. coli changes in real time, revealing billions of years of history encoded within its genome. E. coli is also the most engineered species on Earth, and as scientists retool this microbe to produce life-saving drugs and clean fuel, they are discovering just how far the definition of life can be stretched.

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46 .) Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell

Lists It Appears On:

  • OEDB
  • Wikipedia
  • Psychology Today

“In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “”outliers””–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. “

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45 .) Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

Lists It Appears On:

  • Wikipedia
  • Geek Wrapped
  • Goodreads

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As Mary Roach discovers, it’s possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

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44 .) Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos by Michio Kaku

Lists It Appears On:

  • Wikipedia
  • Dennis Meredith
  • Goodreads

“In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, bestselling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.

Kaku skillfully guides us through the latest innovations in string theory and its latest iteration, M-theory, which posits that our universe may be just one in an endless multiverse, a singular bubble floating in a sea of infinite bubble universes. If M-theory is proven correct, we may perhaps finally find answer to the question, “What happened before the big bang?” This is an exciting and unforgettable introduction into the new cutting-edge theories of physics and cosmology from one of the pre-eminent voices in the field.”

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43 .) Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind by Sandra Blakeslee

Lists It Appears On:

  • Simon Singh
  • Wikipedia
  • Dennis Meredith

Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran is internationally renowned for uncovering answers to the deep and quirky questions of human nature that few scientists have dared to address. His bold insights about the brain are matched only by the stunning simplicity of his experiments — using such low-tech tools as cotton swabs, glasses of water and dime-store mirrors. In Phantoms in the Brain, Dr. Ramachandran recounts how his work with patients who have bizarre neurological disorders has shed new light on the deep architecture of the brain, and what these findings tell us about who we are, how we construct our body image, why we laugh or become depressed, why we may believe in God, how we make decisions, deceive ourselves and dream, perhaps even why we’re so clever at philosophy, music and art.

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42 .) Six Easy Pieces by Richard Feynman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Johnny Lists
  • OEDB
  • Simon Singh

“It was Richard Feynman’s outrageous and scintillating method of teaching that earned him legendary status among students and professors of physics. From 1961 to 1963, Feynman delivered a series of lectures at the California Institute of Technology that revolutionized the teaching of physics around the world. Six Easy Pieces, taken from these famous Lectures on Physics, represent the most accessible material from the series.

In these classic lessons, Feynman introduces the general reader to the following topics: atoms, basic physics, energy, gravitation, quantum mechanics, and the relationship of physics to other topics. With his dazzling and inimitable wit, Feynman presents each discussion with a minimum of jargon. Filled with wonderful examples and clever illustrations, Six Easy Pieces is the ideal introduction to the fundamentals of physics by one of the most admired and accessible physicists of modern times.”

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41 .) Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Lists It Appears On:

  • Geek Wrapped
  • Goodreads
  • Stat News

Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers―some willingly, some unwittingly―have been involved in science’s boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.

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40 .) The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution by Richard Dawkins

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dennis Meredith
  • Goodreads
  • Social Bat

“The renowned biologist and thinker Richard Dawkins presents his most expansive work yet: a comprehensive look at evolution, ranging from the latest developments in the field to his own provocative views. Loosely based on the form of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Dawkins’s Tale takes us modern humans back through four billion years of life on our planet. As the pilgrimage progresses, we join with other organisms at the forty “”rendezvous points”” where we find a common ancestor. The band of pilgrims swells into a vast crowd as we join first with other primates, then with other mammals, and so on back to the first primordial organism.
Dawkins’s brilliant, inventive approach allows us to view the connections between ourselves and all other life in a bracingly novel way. It also lets him shed bright new light on the most compelling aspects of evolutionary history and theory: sexual selection, speciation, convergent evolution, extinction, genetics, plate tectonics, geographical dispersal, and more. The Ancestor’s Tale is at once a far-reaching survey of the latest, best thinking on biology and a fascinating history of life on Earth. Here Dawkins shows us how remarkable we are, how astonishing our history, and how intimate our relationship with the rest of the living world.”

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39 .) The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Muse
  • Goodreads
  • Stat News

“Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence.

Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years.

The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.” The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist. “

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38 .) The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene

Lists It Appears On:

  • Geek Wrapped
  • Dennis Meredith
  • Goodreads

Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past? Greene has set himself a daunting task: to explain non-intuitive, mathematical concepts like String Theory, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, and Inflationary Cosmology with analogies drawn from common experience. From Newton’s unchanging realm in which space and time are absolute, to Einstein’s fluid conception of spacetime, to quantum mechanics’ entangled arena where vastly distant objects can instantaneously coordinate their behavior, Greene takes us all, regardless of our scientific backgrounds, on an irresistible and revelatory journey to the new layers of reality that modern physics has discovered lying just beneath the surface of our everyday world.

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37 .) The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dennis Meredith
  • Geek Wrapped
  • Goodreads

With rigor and wit, Dawkins examines God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. The God Delusion makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just wrong but potentially deadly. It also offers exhilarating insight into the advantages of atheism to the individual and society, not the least of which is a clearer, truer appreciation of the universe’s wonders than any faith could ever muster.

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36 .) The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking

Lists It Appears On:

  • Wikipedia
  • Geek Wrapped
  • Goodreads

“When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? What is the nature of reality? Is the apparent “grand design” of our universe evidence of a benevolent creator who set things in motion—or does science offer another explanation? In this startling and lavishly illustrated book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about these and other abiding mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by brilliance and simplicity.

According to quantum theory, the cosmos does not have just a single existence or history. The authors explain that we ourselves are the product of quantum fluctuations in the early universe, and show how quantum theory predicts the “multiverse”—the idea that ours is just one of many universes that appeared spontaneously out of nothing, each with different laws of nature. They conclude with a riveting assessment of M-theory, an explanation of the laws governing our universe that is currently the only viable candidate for a “theory of everything”: the unified theory that Einstein was looking for, which, if confirmed, would represent the ultimate triumph of human reason.”

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35 .) The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston

Lists It Appears On:

  • Writing About Science
  • Dennis Meredith
  • Goodreads

A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic “hot” virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their “crashes” into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

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34 .) The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Muse
  • Discover
  • Goodreads

“Oliver Sacks’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

If inconceivably strange, these brilliant tales remain, in Dr. Sacks’s splendid and sympathetic telling, deeply human. They are studies of life struggling against incredible adversity, and they enable us to enter the world of the neurologically impaired, to imagine with our hearts what it must be to live and feel as they do. “

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33 .) The Science Book by Peter Tallack

Lists It Appears On:

  • Simon Singh
  • Scottish Book Trust
  • Geek Wrapped

From the world’s greatest scientists–the world’s greatest science book! With a foreword written by critically acclaimed author Simon Singh (Fermat’s Last Theorem) and essays by such major writers as Richard Dawkings, Susan Greenfield, and John Gribbin, it presents 250 of the most significant milestones in the history of scientific discovery. Accompanying this unique perspective on our ever-evolving view of the universe are some of the most visually dramatic illustrations you’ll ever see. Short, lucid articles focus on everything from the speculations of the ancient Greeks to today’s Nobel Prize winners, from Ptolemy’s theory of an Earth-centered universe to the first steps on the moon, and from the dawning of the concept of zero to the cloning of Dolly the sheep. Biology, physics, astronomy, medicine, and mathematics: the breakthroughs in every field are all here and celebrated, in the first truly accessible, fully illustrated story of science.

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32 .) The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Muse
  • Preposterous Universe
  • Goodreads

With The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Kuhn challenged long-standing linear notions of scientific progress, arguing that transformative ideas don’t arise from the day-to-day, gradual process of experimentation and data accumulation but that the revolutions in science, those breakthrough moments that disrupt accepted thinking and offer unanticipated ideas, occur outside of “normal science,” as he called it. Though Kuhn was writing when physics ruled the sciences, his ideas on how scientific revolutions bring order to the anomalies that amass over time in research experiments are still instructive in our biotech age.

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31 .) Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Social Bat
  • OEDB
  • Goodreads

In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation―each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.

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30 .) Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder by Richard Dawkins

Lists It Appears On:

  • Simon Singh
  • Social Bat
  • Dennis Meredith

Did Newton “unweave the rainbow” by reducing it to its prismatic colors, as Keats contended? Did he, in other words, diminish beauty? Far from it, says acclaimed scientist Richard Dawkins; Newton’s unweaving is the key to much of modern astronomy and to the breathtaking poetry of modern cosmology. Mysteries don’t lose their poetry because they are solved: the solution often is more beautiful than the puzzle, uncovering deeper mysteries. With the wit, insight, and spellbinding prose that have made him a best-selling author, Dawkins takes up the most important and compelling topics in modern science, from astronomy and genetics to language and virtual reality, combining them in a landmark statement of the human appetite for wonder.

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29 .) Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century by Michio Kaku

Lists It Appears On:

  • Simon Singh
  • Wikipedia
  • Dennis Meredith

“In Visions, physicist and author Michio Kaku examines the great scientific revolutions that have dramatically reshaped the twentieth century–the quantum mechanics, biogenetics, and artificial intelligence–and shows how they will change and alter science and the way we live.

The next century will witness more far-reaching scientific revolutions, as we make the transition from unraveling the secrets of nature to becoming masters of nature. We will no longer be passive bystanders to the dance of the universe, but will become creative choreographers of matter, life, and intelligence.”

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28 .) What is Life? by Erwin Schrodinger

Lists It Appears On:

  • Discover
  • List Muse
  • Wikipedia

Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger’s What is Life? is one of the great science classics of the twentieth century. It was written for the layman, but proved to be one of the spurs to the birth of molecular biology and the subsequent discovery of DNA. What is Life? appears here together with Mind and Matter, his essay investigating a relationship which has eluded and puzzled philosophers since the earliest times. Brought together with these two classics are Schrödinger’s autobiographical sketches, which offer a fascinating account of his life as a background to his scientific writings.

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27 .) A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Johnny Lists
  • Wikipedia
  • Geek Wrapped
  • Goodreads

In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail—well, most of it. In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.

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26 .) A Universe from Nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss

Lists It Appears On:

  • Wikipedia
  • Geek Wrapped
  • Listverse
  • Goodreads

One of the few prominent scientists today to have crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss describes the staggeringly beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending new theories that demonstrate not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing. With a new preface about the significance of the discovery of the Higgs particle, A Universe from Nothing uses Krauss’s characteristic wry humor and wonderfully clear explanations to take us back to the beginning of the beginning, presenting the most recent evidence for how our universe evolved—and the implications for how it’s going to end.

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25 .) Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel

Lists It Appears On:

  • Simon Singh
  • Preposterous Universe
  • Dennis Meredith
  • Goodreads

Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that “the longitude problem” was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day-and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives and the increasing fortunes of nations hung on a resolution. One man, John Harrison, in complete opposition to the scientific community, dared to imagine a mechanical solution-a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of Harrison’s forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world.

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24 .) One, Two, Three… Infinity by George Gamow

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Muse
  • Wikipedia
  • Discover
  • Preposterous Universe

“George Gamow possessed the unique ability of making the world of science accessible to the general reader.
He brings that ability to bear in this delightful expedition through the problems, pleasures, and puzzles of modern science. Among the topics scrutinized with the author’s celebrated good humor and pedagogical prowess are the macrocosm and the microcosm, theory of numbers, relativity of space and time, entropy, genes, atomic structure, nuclear fission, and the origin of the solar system.
In the pages of this book readers grapple with such crucial matters as whether it is possible to bend space, why a rocket shrinks, the “”end of the world problem,”” excursions into the fourth dimension, and a host of other tantalizing topics for the scientifically curious. Brimming with amusing anecdotes and provocative problems, One Two Three . . . Infinity also includes over 120 delightful pen-and-ink illustrations by the author, adding another dimension of good-natured charm to these wide-ranging explorations.”

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23 .) Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Discover
  • OEDB
  • List Muse
  • io9

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in June of 1962. The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carson’s passionate concern for the future of our planet reverberated powerfully throughout the world, and her eloquent book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement. It is without question one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.

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22 .) Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik

Lists It Appears On:

  • Pimedia Online
  • Scottish Book Trust
  • Geek Wrapped
  • The Curious Wavefunction

Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does any material look and behave the way it does? These are the sorts of questions that renowned materials scientist Mark Miodownik constantly asks himself. Miodownik studies objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world. In Stuff Matters, Miodownik explores the materials he encounters in a typical morning, from the steel in his razor to the foam in his sneakers. Full of enthralling tales of the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives, Stuff Matters will make you see stuff in a whole new way.

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21 .) Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard Feynman

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  • Geek Wrapped
  • Goodreads
  • Simon Singh
  • Preposterous Universe

Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador. In short, here is Feynman’s life in all its eccentric―a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.

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20 .) The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Johnny Lists
  • Geek Wrapped
  • Dennis Meredith
  • Writing About Science

“How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions.

Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today’s so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms.”

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19 .) The Double Helix by James D. Watson

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  • List Muse
  • Discover
  • Preposterous Universe
  • Goodreads

“The classic personal account of Watson and Crick’s groundbreaking discovery of the structure of DNA, now with an introduction by Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind.

By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only twenty-four, a young scientist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world-class researchers to solve one of science’s greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts, very human ambitions, and bitter rivalries.

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18 .) The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker

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  • Preposterous Universe
  • Social Bat
  • Dennis Meredith
  • List Muse

In this classic, the world’s expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association and the Public Interest Award from the Linguistics Society of America.

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17 .) The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes

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  • Writing About Science
  • Dennis Meredith
  • Simon Singh
  • List Muse

“Twenty-five years after its initial publication, The Making of the Atomic Bomb remains the definitive history of nuclear weapons and the Manhattan Project. From the turn-of-the-century discovery of nuclear energy to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan, Richard Rhodes’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book details the science, the people, and the socio-political realities that led to the development of the atomic bomb.

This sweeping account begins in the 19th century, with the discovery of nuclear fission, and continues to World War Two and the Americans’ race to beat Hitler’s Nazis. That competition launched the Manhattan Project and the nearly overnight construction of a vast military-industrial complex that culminated in the fateful dropping of the first bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

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16 .) What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

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  • Geek Wrapped
  • Social Bat
  • Scottish Book Trust
  • Goodreads

“Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.”

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15 .) Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy by Kip S. Thorne and Stephen Hawking

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  • OEDB
  • Preposterous Universe
  • Writing About Science
  • Wikipedia
  • Dennis Meredith

“Which of these bizarre phenomena, if any, can really exist in our universe? Black holes, down which anything can fall but from which nothing can return; wormholes, short spacewarps connecting regions of the cosmos; singularities, where space and time are so violently warped that time ceases to exist and space becomes a kind of foam; gravitational waves, which carry symphonic accounts of collisions of black holes billions of years ago; and time machines, for traveling backward and forward in time.

Kip Thorne, along with fellow theorists Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose, a cadre of Russians, and earlier scientists such as Oppenheimer, Wheeler and Chandrasekhar, has been in the thick of the quest to secure answers. In this masterfully written and brilliantly informed work of scientific history and explanation, Dr. Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech, leads his readers through an elegant, always human, tapestry of interlocking themes, coming finally to a uniquely informed answer to the great question: what principles control our universe and why do physicists think they know the things they think they know? Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time has been one of the greatest best-sellers in publishing history. Anyone who struggled with that book will find here a more slowly paced but equally mind-stretching experience, with the added fascination of a rich historical and human component.”

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14 .) Hyperspace by Michio Kaku

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  • OEDB
  • Wikipedia
  • Goodreads
  • Listverse
  • Dennis Meredith

The first book-length exploration of the most exciting development in modern physics, the theory of 10-dimensional space. The theory of hyperspace, which Michio Kaku pioneered, may be the leading candidate for the Theory of Everything that Einstein spent the remaining years of his life searching for.

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13 .) Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space by Carl Sagan

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  • Johnny Lists
  • OEDB
  • Geek Wrapped
  • Dennis Meredith
  • Goodreads

“In Cosmos, the late astronomer Carl Sagan cast his gaze over the magnificent mystery of the Universe and made it accessible to millions of people around the world. Now in this stunning sequel, Carl Sagan completes his revolutionary journey through space and time.

Future generations will look back on our epoch as the time when the human race finally broke into a radically new frontier–space. In Pale Blue Dot Sagan traces the spellbinding history of our launch into the cosmos and assesses the future that looms before us as we move out into our own solar system and on to distant galaxies beyond. The exploration and eventual settlement of other worlds is neither a fantasy nor luxury, insists Sagan, but rather a necessary condition for the survival of the human race.”

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12 .) Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel by Michio Kaku

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  • Johnny Lists
  • Geek Wrapped
  • io9
  • Dennis Meredith
  • Goodreads

Teleportation, time machines, force fields, and interstellar space ships—the stuff of science fiction or potentially attainable future technologies? Inspired by the fantastic worlds of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Back to the Future, renowned theoretical physicist and bestselling author Michio Kaku takes an informed, serious, and often surprising look at what our current understanding of the universe’s physical laws may permit in the near and distant future.Entertaining, informative, and imaginative, Physics of the Impossible probes the very limits of human ingenuity and scientific possibility.

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11 .) The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins

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  • Simon Singh
  • Preposterous Universe
  • Wikipedia
  • Geek Wrapped
  • Dennis Meredith

Twenty years after its original publication, The Blind Watchmaker, framed with a new introduction by the author, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the eighteenth-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin’s brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte. Natural selection―the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially nonrandom process Darwin discovered―has no purpose in mind. If it can be said to play the role of a watchmaker in nature, it is the blind watchmaker in nature.

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10 .) The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins

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  • Johnny Lists
  • Geek Wrapped
  • Listverse
  • Wikipedia
  • Goodreads

“Intelligent Design” is being taught in our schools; educators are being asked to “teach the controversy” behind evolutionary theory. There is no controversy. Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence—from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics—to make the airtight case that “we find ourselves perched on one tiny twig in the midst of a blossoming and flourishing tree of life and it is no accident, but the direct consequence of evolution by non-random selection.” His unjaded passion for the natural world turns what might have been a negative argument, exposing the absurdities of the creationist position, into a positive offering to the reader: nothing less than a master’s vision of life, in all its splendor.

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9 .) The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould

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  • Dennis Meredith
  • Discover
  • OEDB
  • Preposterous Universe
  • Stat News

“When published in 1981, The Mismeasure of Man was immediately hailed as a masterwork, the ringing answer to those who would classify people, rank them according to their supposed genetic gifts and limits.
And yet the idea of innate limits―of biology as destiny―dies hard, as witness the attention devoted to The Bell Curve, whose arguments are here so effectively anticipated and thoroughly undermined by Stephen Jay Gould. In this edition Dr. Gould has written a substantial new introduction telling how and why he wrote the book and tracing the subsequent history of the controversy on innateness right through The Bell Curve. Further, he has added five essays on questions of The Bell Curve in particular and on race, racism, and biological determinism in general.”

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8 .) Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

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  • Johnny Lists
  • List Muse
  • Wikipedia
  • Geek Wrapped
  • Goodreads
  • Writing About Science

“Have you ever wondered how one day the media can assert that alcohol is bad for us and the next unashamedly run a story touting the benefits of daily alcohol consumption? Or how a drug that is pulled off the market for causing heart attacks ever got approved in the first place? How can average readers, who aren’t medical doctors or Ph.D.s in biochemistry, tell what they should be paying attention to and what’s, well, just more bullshit?

Ben Goldacre has made a point of exposing quack doctors and nutritionists, bogus credentialing programs, and biased scientific studies. He has also taken the media to task for its willingness to throw facts and proof out the window. But he’s not here just to tell you what’s wrong. Goldacre is here to teach you how to evaluate placebo effects, double-blind studies, and sample sizes, so that you can recognize bad science when you see it. You’re about to feel a whole lot better.”

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7 .) Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter

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  • Johnny Lists
  • List Muse
  • Preposterous Universe
  • Geek Wrapped
  • Goodreads
  • io9

Douglas Hofstadter’s book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. Gödel, Escher, Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.

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6 .) The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

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  • io9
  • Discover
  • List Muse
  • Geek Wrapped
  • Goodreads
  • OEDB

The classic that exploded into public controversy, revolutionized the course of science, and continues to transform our views of the world.

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5 .) Wonderful Life by Stephen Jay Gould

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  • OEDB
  • Simon Singh
  • List Muse
  • Writing About Science
  • Dennis Meredith
  • Wikipedia

High in the Canadian Rockies is a small limestone quarry formed 530 million years ago called the Burgess Shale. It hold the remains of an ancient sea where dozens of strange creatures lived―a forgotten corner of evolution preserved in awesome detail. In this book Stephen Jay Gould explores what the Burgess Shale tells us about evolution and the nature of history.

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4 .) The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

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  • Dennis Meredith
  • Discover
  • Geek Wrapped
  • Johnny Lists
  • List Muse
  • Simon Singh
  • Social Bat
  • Wikipedia

“Richard Dawkins’ brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands of readers to rethink their beliefs about life.
In his internationally bestselling, now classic volume, The Selfish Gene, Dawkins explains how the selfish gene can also be a subtle gene. The world of the selfish gene revolves around savage competition, ruthless exploitation, and deceit, and yet, Dawkins argues, acts of apparent altruism do exist in nature. Bees, for example, will commit suicide when they sting to protect the hive, and birds will risk their lives to warn the flock of an approaching hawk.”

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3 .) The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene

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  • Dennis Meredith
  • Geek Wrapped
  • Goodreads
  • Johnny Lists
  • List Muse
  • OEDB
  • Preposterous Universe
  • Simon Singh
  • Writing About Science

Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading string theorists, peels away layers of mystery to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter―from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas―is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy. The Elegant Universe makes some of the most sophisticated concepts ever contemplated accessible and thoroughly entertaining, bringing us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.

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2 .) Cosmos by Carl Sagan

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  • Dennis Meredith
  • Geek Wrapped
  • Goodreads
  • io9
  • Johnny Lists
  • List Muse
  • Listverse
  • OEDB
  • Preposterous Universe
  • Wikipedia

Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Featuring a new Introduction by Sagan’s collaborator, Ann Druyan, full color illustrations, and a new Foreword by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science.

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1 .) A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

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  • Dennis Meredith
  • Dennis Meredith
  • Geek Wrapped
  • Goodreads
  • Johnny Lists
  • List Muse
  • Listverse
  • OEDB
  • Preposterous Universe
  • Wikipedia
  • Wikipedia
  • Writing About Science

“A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?

Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.”

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55A Devil’s Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and LoveRichard DawkinsDennis Meredith
Social Bat
56A Natural History of the SensesDiane AckermanDennis Meredith
Johnny Lists
57Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon LandingPhilip PlaitOEDB
Writting About Science
58Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer SpaceJanna LevinForbes
Independent
59Blink: The Power of Thinking Without ThinkingMalcolm GladwellWikipedia
Goodreads
60Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and SexMary RoachGeek Wrapped
Goodreads
61Bully for Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural HistoryStephen Jay GouldSimon Singh
Dennis Meredith
62Cathedrals of Science: The Personalities and Rivalries That Made Modern ChemistryPatrick CoffeyThe Curious Wavefunction
List Muse
63Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen BombRichard RhodesWritting About Science
Dennis Meredith
64Death from the Skies!Phil PlaitWikipedia
io9
65E=mc2David BodanisOEDB
Simon Singh
66Einstein’s Cosmos: How Albert Einstein’s Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and TimeMichio KakuWikipedia
Dennis Meredith
67Einstein’s DreamsAlan LightmanDennis Meredith
Preposterous Universe
68Endless Forms Most BeautifulWikipedia
Social Bat
69Ever Since Darwin: Reflections on Natural HistoryStephen Jay GouldWritting About Science
Dennis Meredith
70First Light: The Search for the Edge of the UniverseRichard PrestonWritting About Science
Dennis Meredith
71Gaia: A New Look at Life on EarthJames LovelockDiscover
List Muse
72Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and LoveDava SobelDennis Meredith
Simon Singh
73Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 ChaptersMatt RidleyListverse
Goodreads
74George’s Secret Key to the UniverseStephen HawkingDennis Meredith
Wikipedia
75Guns, Germs and SteelJared DiamondPreposterous Universe
Writting About Science
76Incognito: The Secret Lives of the BrainSocial Bat
Wikipedia
77Leonardo’s Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms: Essays on Natural HistoryStephen Jay GouldDennis Meredith
Simon Singh
78Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything,Joshua FoerWikipedia
Psychology Today
79Natural Obsessions : Striving to Unlock the Deepest Secrets of the Cancer CellNatalie AngierThe Curious Wavefunction
Dennis Meredith
80NeurocomicMatteo FarinellaScottish Book Trust
Geek Wrapped
81Nobel Dreams: Power, Deceit, and the Ultimate ExperimentGary TaubesPreposterous Universe
Writting About Science
82Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic EvolutionNeil deGrasse TysonGeek Wrapped
Dennis Meredith
83Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily LivesMichio KakuWikipedia
Goodreads
84Proof: The Science of BoozeDavid AuburnSimon Singh
Geek Wrapped
85QED: The Strange Theory of Light and MatterRichard Feynman’Simon Singh
List Muse
86QuantumManjit KumarWikipedia
Listverse
87Relativity: The Special and General TheoryAlbert EinsteinOEDB
Discover
88The Beak of the FinchJohn WeinerWritting About Science
Social Bat
89The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the WorldDavid DeutschStat News
Stat News
90The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human NatureSteven PinkerSocial Bat
Dennis Meredith
91The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the WorldMichael PollanDennis Meredith
Goodreads
92The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of ScienceNatalie AngierWikipedia
Dennis Meredith
93The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of BalanceLaurie Garrettio9
Dennis Meredith
94The Cosmic ConnectionCarl SaganDiscover
Wikipedia
95The Diversity of LifeE.O. WilsonPreposterous Universe
Writting About Science
96The Emperor’s New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of PhysicsRoger PenroseList Muse
Preposterous Universe
97The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene (Popular Science)Richard DawkinsSocial Bat
Dennis Meredith
98The Fabric of RealityDavid DeutschList Muse
Preposterous Universe
99The Feynman Lectures on PhysicsRichard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, and Matthew SandsDiscover
Simon Singh
100The First Three MinutesSteven WeinbergDiscover
Preposterous Universe
101The Five Ages of the UniverseOEDB
Wikipedia
102The Gene: An Intimate HistorySiddhartha MukherjeeGoodreads
Independent
103The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the CosmosBrian GreeneWikipedia
Goodreads
104The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksRebecca SklootGoodreads
io9
105The Inflationary UniverseAlan GuthPreposterous Universe
Wikipedia
106The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really TrueRichard DawkinsWikipedia
Goodreads
107The Pencil: A History of Design and CircumstanceHenry PetroskiDennis Meredith
Writting About Science
108The Periodic TablePrimo LeviOEDB
Preposterous Universe
109The PlanetsDava SobelDennis Meredith
OEDB
110The Pleasure of Finding Things OutRICHARD P. FEYNMANGeek Wrapped
Social Bat
111The Poisoner’s HandbookDeborah BlumThe Curious Wavefunction
io9
112The Red Limit: The Search for the Edge of the UniverseTimothy FerrisWritting About Science
Dennis Meredith
113The Same and Not the SameRoald HoffmannList Muse
Writting About Science
114The Science of InterstellarKip ThorneScottish Book Trust
Wikipedia
115The SleepwalkersArthur KoestlerSimon Singh
Writting About Science
116The Song of the DodoWritting About Science
Dynamic Ecology
117The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human NatureSteven PinkerSocial Bat
Dennis Meredith
118The Theoretical MinimumOEDB
Wikipedia
119The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution & Future of the Human AnimalJared DiamondScottish Book Trust
Goodreads
120The Universe in a NutshellSTEPHEN HAWKINGOEDB
Geek Wrapped
121The World Without UsAlan WeismanGoodreads
io9
122Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of BehaviorJonathan WeinerSocial Bat
Stat News
123Truth and Beauty: Aesthetics and Motivations in ScienceSubramanyan ChandraskharWritting About Science
List Muse
124Warped PassagesLisa RandallList Muse
Preposterous Universe
125Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical TourNeil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard GottWikipedia
Forbes
126When Breath Becomes AirPaul KalanithiIndependent
Stat News
127Wonders of the UniverseBrian CoxWikipedia
Listverse
128Wrinkles in Time: Witness to the Birth of the UniverseKeay DavidsonWritting About Science
Dennis Meredith
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1291491Charles C. Mannio9
130100 Local HeroesAdam Hart-DavisSimon Singh
131101 Theory DriveSocial Bat
13213 Things That Don’t Make SenseWikipedia
133365 Starry NightsOEDB
134A Beautiful Math: John Nash, Game Theory, and the Modern Quest for a Code of NatureTom SiegfriedDennis Meredith
135A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever LivedAdam RutherfordIndependent
136A Child Is BornWikipedia
137A Commotion in the BloodStephen S.Writting About Science
138A Fish Caught in TimeSamantha WeinbergSimon Singh
139A Mathematician’s ApologyG. H. HardyList Muse
140A Monk and Two PeasRobin Marantz HenigDennis Meredith
141A More Perfect HeavenOEDB
142A Natural History Of LoveDiane AckermanDennis Meredith
143A Place for BirdsOEDB
144A Place of My Own: The Architecture of DaydreamsMichael PollanDennis Meredith
145A Reason For EverythingDynamic Ecology
146A Sand County AlmanacSocial Bat
147A Scientist at the SeashoreWikipedia
148A Sense of the Mysterious: Science and the Human SpiritAlan LightmanDennis Meredith
149A Slender Thread: Rediscovering Hope at the Heart of CrisisDiane AckermanDennis Meredith
150A Tour of the CalculusWritting About Science
151ABC of RelativityBertrand RussellList Muse
152Absolute ZeroTom ShachtmanSimon Singh
153Acquainted with the Night: A Parent’s Quest to Understand Depression and Bipolar Disorder in His ChildrenPaul RaeburnDennis Meredith
154Advice To A Young ScientistP. B. MedawarList Muse
155AeonsMartin GorstSimon Singh
156Against MethodPaul FeyerabendList Muse
157Almost AstronautsOEDB
158An A-Z Guide to the ElementsJohn EmsleyListverse
159An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the BrainDiane AckermanDennis Meredith
160An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on EarthChris HadfieldScottish Book Trust
161An Introduction to Black Holes, Information and The String Theory RevolutionOEDB
162Ancient Light: Our Changing View of the UniverseAlan LightmanDennis Meredith
163And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS EpidemicRandy ShiltsStat News
164Animal: The Definitive Visual GuideDK PUBLISHINGGeek Wrapped
165Annals of the Former WorldJohn McPheeDennis Meredith
166ArcadiaTom StoppardSimon Singh
167Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms RaceRichard RhodesDennis Meredith
168Asap ScienceM. MOFFIT & G. BROWNGeek Wrapped
169Astronomy For DummiesSteve MaranDennis Meredith
170Astronomy TodayOEDB
171At Home in the UniverseStuart KauffmanPreposterous Universe
172Atkins’ MoleculesPeter AtkinsList Muse
173Atom: An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth…and BeyondWikipedia
174Atomic Theory and the Description of NatureNiels BohrList Muse
175Bad KarmaDeborah BlumDennis Meredith
176Bang! The Complete History of the UniverseOEDB
177Basic PhysicsOEDB
178Basin and RangeWritting About Science
179Bathtub ScienceOEDB
180Beamtimes and LifetimesSharon TraweekPreposterous Universe
181Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a SuperheroWikipedia
182Before the DawnWikipedia
183Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the EndAtul GawandeStat News
184Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public HealthLaurie GarrettDennis Meredith
185Between Genius and Genocide: The Tragedy of Fritz HaberDan CharlesList Muse
186Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the Theory of the UniverseMichio KakuDennis Meredith
187Beyond Star TrekWikipedia
188Big BangWikipedia
189Birds of AmericaOEDB
190Black Hole: And Other Cosmic QuandariesGoodreads
191Black Holes, Wormholes and Time MachinesWikipedia
192Bleed, Blister and Purge: A History Of Medicine On The American FrontierDr. Volney SteeleStat News
193Blondes in Venetian Paintings, the Nine-Banded Armadillo, and Other Essays in BiochemistryKonrad BlochStat News
194Blood and Guts: A Short History of MedicineRoy PorterList Muse
195Blood WorkHolly Tuckerio9
196Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success,Matthew SyedPsychology Today
197Bowling AloneOEDB
198Brain on Fire: My Month of MadnessSusannah CahalanStat News
199Broca’s Brain: Reflections on the Romance of ScienceCarl SaganDennis Meredith
200Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic AgeJoel ShurkinDennis Meredith
201Brother AstronomerOEDB
202Can Reindeer Fly?Roger HighfieldSimon Singh
203Can You Believe Your EyesJ. Richard BlockSimon Singh
204Candy ExperimentsOEDB
205Carl Sagan: A LifeKeay DavidsonDennis Meredith
206Carl Sagan’s Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial PerspectiveCarl SaganDennis Meredith
207Charged UpOEDB
208Charles Darwin: Voyaging and Charles Darwin: the Power of PlaceDynamic Ecology
209Chicken from MinskYuri B. ChernyakSimon Singh
210ChronosEtienne KleinPreposterous Universe
211Climbing Mount ImprobableRichard DawkinsDennis Meredith
212Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and SoftwareCharles PetzoldList Muse
213Cold: Adventures in the World’s Frozen PlacesBill StreeverWritting About Science
214CollapseJared Diamondio9
215CometWikipedia
216Coming of Age in SamoaMargaret Meadio9
217Computer Power and Human ReasonWritting About Science
218Consider the FollowingOEDB
219Consilience: The Unity of KnowledgeE.O. WilsonDennis Meredith
220Continents in Motion: The New Earth DebateWritting About Science
221Conversations on the Plurality of WorldsWikipedia
222CoopetitionWikipedia
223Cosmic Dispatches The New York Times Reports on Astronomy & CosmologyJohn WilfordDennis Meredith
224Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health MadnessPete EarleyStat News
225Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My GardenDiane AckermanDennis Meredith
226Dance for Two: EssaysAlan LightmanDennis Meredith
227Dancing Matrix: How Science Confronts Emerging VirusesRobin Marantz HenigDennis Meredith
228Dark BanquetSocial Bat
229Dark Remedy: The Impact Of Thalidomide and Its Revival as a Vital MedicineRock Brynner and Trent StephensStat News
230Darwin DeletedDynamic Ecology
231Darwin for BeginnersWikipedia
232Darwin: The life of a Tormented EvolutionistWritting About Science
233De Humani Corporis FabricaDiscover
234De Revolutionibus Orbium CoelestiumDiscover
235Death on EarthJules HowardScottish Book Trust
236Decoding RealityWikipedia
237Decoding the UniverseWikipedia
238Deep PlayDiane AckermanDennis Meredith
239Desert SolitaireEdward AbbeySocial Bat
240Design Paradigms: Case Histories of Error and Judgment in EngineeringHenry PetroskiDennis Meredith
241Destiny or ChanceStuart Ross TaylorSimon Singh
242Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World SystemsGalileo GalileiDiscover
243Diatoms to Dinosaurs: The Size and Scale of Living ThingsChris McGowan; Julian MulockList Muse
244Digging DinosaursJohn R. Horner; James GormanList Muse
245Dinosaur in a Haystack: Reflections in Natural HistoryStephen Jay GouldDennis Meredith
246Dinosaurs of the Flaming CliffsMichael NovacekWritting About Science
247Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural HistoryDavid E. Fastovsky; David B. WeishampelList Muse
248Dr. Folkman’s War: Angiogenesis and the Struggle to Defeat CancerRobert CookeDennis Meredith
249Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human IntelligenceCarl SaganGoodreads
250Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates UsDaniel PinkStat News
251Dynamical Theory of Crystal LatticesWikipedia
252EaarthBill McKibbenio9
253Earth HeroesOEDB
254Earth StoryS. Lamb & D. SingtonSimon Singh
255Economics of StrategyWikipedia
256Edge of the UniverseOEDB
257Einstein for BeginnersWikipedia
258Einstein’s Unfinished Symphony: Listening to the Sounds of Space TimeMarcia BartusiakWritting About Science
259Einstein’s Clocks and Poincare’s MapsPeter GalisonPreposterous Universe
260Elegance in ScienceIan GlynnList Muse
261Elements: A Visual ExplorationTHEODORE GRAYGeek Wrapped
262Emerging VirusesStephen S. MorseList Muse
263Encounters with the ArchdruidJohn McPheeio9
264Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of AmericaHenry PetroskiDennis Meredith
265Engines of the Mind: The Evolution of the Computer from Mainframes to MicroprocessorsJoel ShurkinDennis Meredith
266EvolutionNicholas Barton; Derek Briggs; Jonathan EisenList Muse
267Evolution: A Colouring BookANNU KILPELAINENGeek Wrapped
268Evolution: The Human StoryDK PUBLISHINGGeek Wrapped
269Eyewitness to ScienceJohn CareyWritting About Science
270Fear of Physics: A Guide for the PerplexedWikipedia
271Femme!Natalie AngierDennis Meredith
272Fermat’s Last TheoremDynamic Ecology
273FingerprintsColin BeavanSimon Singh
274Five Billion Years of SolitudeWikipedia
275Five Equations That Changed the WorldWikipedia
276FlatlandEdwin AbbottPreposterous Universe
277Flying Circus of PhysicsJearl Walker & Jean WalkerSimon Singh
278For Love of InsectsThomas EisnerList Muse
279Fortune’s FormulaDynamic Ecology
280Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of EverythingSteven D. LevittGoodreads
281Frozen StarWritting About Science
282Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to DarwinStephen Jay GouldDennis Meredith
283Full MoonMichael LightSimon Singh
284Future ShockAlvin (and Heidi) Tofflerio9
285GalaxiesTimothy FerrisDennis Meredith
286Galileo’s Commandment: An Anthology of Great Science WritingEdmund Blair BollesWritting About Science
287Gay, Straight, and the Reason WhyWikipedia
288General ChemistryLinus PaulingList Muse
289Genetics and the Origin of SpeciesTheodosius DobzhanskyList Muse
290Genetics for BeginnersWikipedia
291GeniusWritting About Science
292George and the Big BangWikipedia
293George and the Blue MoonWikipedia
294George and the Unbreakable CodeWikipedia
295George’s Cosmic Treasure HuntWikipedia
296Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in AmericaJill LeovyStat News
297Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After DeathDeborah BlumDennis Meredith
298Global Warming: The Complete BriefingJohn HoughtonList Muse
299Gobi Diary: A Sedimental JourneyJohn WilfordDennis Meredith
300God’s MechanicsOEDB
301Gorillas in the MistDian FosseyDiscover
302Great Ideas in PhysicsAlan LightmanDennis Meredith
303Great Mambo ChickenEd RegisSimon Singh
304Great Physicists: The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to HawkingWilliam H. CropperList Muse
305Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of LanguageWikipedia
306Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at WarMary RoachIndependent
307Guinea-Pig Doctors: The Drama of Medical Research Through Self-ExperimentationJon FranklinDennis Meredith
308Guitar ZeroWikipedia
309H2O: A Biography of WaterPhilip BallThe Curious Wavefunction
310HelixJoel ShurkinDennis Meredith
311Herding Hemingway’s Cats: Understanding How Our Genes WorkKat ArneyStat News
312Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space RaceMargot Lee ShetterlyForbes
313Hiding in the MirrorWikipedia
314House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate SmallpoxWilliam FoegeStat News
315How Many People can The Earth Support?Joel CohenWritting About Science
316How Pleasure WorksOEDB
317How the Hippies Saved PhysicsDynamic Ecology
318How the Universe Got Its SpotsJanna LevinPreposterous Universe
319How to Cool the PlanetOEDB
320How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of CellsLewis WolpertList Muse
321Human UniverseWikipedia
322Huxley: From Devil’s Disciple to Evolution’s High PriestWritting About Science
323I would really like to follow up Modeling Nature with a history book picking up more or less where Modeling Nature leaves off, with MacArthur, Wilson, Levins et alDynamic Ecology
324Icarus at the Edge of TimeBrian GreeneDennis Meredith
325Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of MicrosoftWikipedia
326Ideas And OpinionsAlbert EinsteinList Muse
327If I Die In The Service Of Science: The Dramatic Stories of Medical Scientists Who Experimented on ThemselvesJon FranklinDennis Meredith
328In Defense of Food: An Eater’s ManifestoMichael PollanDennis Meredith
329In the Shadow of the Bomb: Oppenheimer, Bethe, and the Moral Responsibility of the ScientistSilvan S. SchweberList Muse
330Infinite Worlds: An Illustrated Voyage to Planets Beyond Our SunWikipedia
331Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific RevolutionLisa JardineWritting About Science
332Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its consequencesJohn Allen PaulosWritting About Science
333Intensive Care : Facing the Critical ChoicesJoel ShurkinDennis Meredith
334Introducing EvolutionWikipedia
335Introducing RelativityWikipedia
336Intuitive BiostatisticsSocial Bat
337Inventing Iron ManWikipedia
338Inventing the Flat EarthWritting About Science
339Invention by Design; How Engineers Get from Thought to ThingHenry PetroskiDennis Meredith
340Invisible Frontiers: The Race to Synthesize a Human GeneStephen HallStat News
341Inward Bound: Of Matter and Forces in the Physical WorldAbraham PaisList Muse
342Isaac Newton: The Last SorcererMichael WhiteSimon Singh
343Isaac’s StormOEDB
344It Must Be BeautifulEdited by Graham FarmeloSimon Singh
345Jupiter – The Star That FailedJoel ShurkinDennis Meredith
346Just BabiesSocial Bat
347Just Six NumbersSir Martin ReesSimon Singh
348King Solomon’s RingKonrad LorenzList Muse
349Knowledge and Wonder: Natural World as Man Knows itVictor WeisskopfList Muse
350Koko’s KittenOEDB
351KrakatoaOEDB
352LiespottingOEDB
353LifeRichard ForteySimon Singh
354Life Beyond EarthTimothy FerrisDennis Meredith
355Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on EarthAndrew H. KnollList Muse
356
357Listed: Dispatches from America’s Endangered Species ActWikipedia
358Lives of a CellLewis ThomasList Muse
359Living Fossil: The Story of the CoelcanthKeith Steward ThomsonWritting About Science
360Love At Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection (Science Matters)Deborah BlumDennis Meredith
361Made to Measure: New Materials for the 21st CenturyPhilip BallList Muse
362Magic in TheoryP. Lamont & R. WisemanSimon Singh
363Magic Molecules: How Drugs WorkSusan AldridgeList Muse
364Making Modern Science: A Historical SurveyPeter J. Bowler; Iwan Rhys MorusList Muse
365Malignant SadnessLewis WolpertSimon Singh
366Man’s Search for MeaningOEDB
367Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the CosmosPriyamvada NatarajanForbes
368Mapping the MindRita CarterSimon Singh
369Marie CurieWritting About Science
370Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern MedicineErika JanikStat News
371Mars Beckons: The Mysteries…John WilfordDennis Meredith
372Mars: Uncovering the Secrets of the Red PlanetPaul RaeburnDennis Meredith
373Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock HolmesMaria Konnikovaio9
374Mastery,Robert GreenePsychology Today
375Mendeleyev’s DreamPaul StrathernSimon Singh
376Microbe HuntersPaul de KruifList Muse
377Microbes and ManWikipedia
378MicrographiaRobert HookeDiscover
379Microlife That Helps UsOEDB
380MicrotrendsWikipedia
381Mind of the RavenSocial Bat
382Mind Over Matter: Conversations with the CosmosK.C. ColeDennis Meredith
383Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern PlaguesDr. Martin J. BlaserStat News
384Mistakes That WorkedOEDB
385Modeling NatureDynamic Ecology
386Molecular Biology of the CellBruce Alberts; Peter Walter; Julian LewisList Muse
387Molecules of the MindJon FranklinDennis Meredith
388Mont Carlo Simulation and Resampling Methods for Social SciencesSocial Bat
389Mother Nature is Trying to Kill YouSocial Bat
390Munching MaggotsKarl KruszelnickiSimon Singh
391Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the BrainOliver SacksGoodreads
392My Brief HistoryWikipedia
393Mysterious History of Columbus: An Exploration of the Man, the Myth, the LegacyJohn WilfordDennis Meredith
394Mythbusters Science Fair BookOEDB
395Natural History – SmithsonianDK PUBLISHINGGeek Wrapped
396Nature of the Rainforest: Costa Rica and BeyondE.O. WilsonDennis Meredith
397Nature’s Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the ElementsJohn EmsleyList Muse
398New Views on an Old PlanetTjeerd H. van AndelList Muse
399Newton for BeginnersWikipedia
400NightwatchOEDB
401Not quite a miracle: Brain surgeons and their patients on the frontier of medicineJon FranklinDennis Meredith
402NothingNEW SCIENTISTGeek Wrapped
403Nuclear Power: Both SidesMichio KakuDennis Meredith
404Number: The Language of ScienceTobias Dantzig; Joseph MazurList Muse
405Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie CurieBarbara GoldsmithList Muse
406On Giants ShouldersMelvyn BraggSimon Singh
407On Growth and FormD’Arcy Wentworth ThompsonList Muse
408On IntelligenceSandra BlakesleeDennis Meredith
409On the Connexion of the Physical SciencesWikipedia
410On the Rocks: Earth Science for EveryoneJohn S. DickeyList Muse
411One Renegade CellRobert A WeinbergSimon Singh
412One RiverWade DavisWritting About Science
413Origins: The Lives and Worlds of Modern CosmologistsAlan LightmanDennis Meredith
414Oryx and CrakeMargaret AtwoodStat News
415Our Mathematical UniverseWikipedia
416Our Patchwork PlanetOEDB
417Out of the CradleWikipedia
418Oxford Book of Science WritingSocial Bat
419OxygenDONALD E. CANFIELDGeek Wrapped
420Pandora’s Baby: How the First Test-tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive RevolutionRobin Marantz HenigDennis Meredith
421Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of ScienceRichard PrestonDennis Meredith
422Paperboy: Confessions of a Future EngineerHenry PetroskiDennis Meredith
423Parasite Rex : Inside the Bizarre World of Nature’s Most Dangerous CreaturesCarl ZimmerWritting About Science
424Pathologic Basis of DiseaseVinay Kumar; Abul K. Abbas; Jon C. AsterList Muse
425Patterns in Nature: Why the Natural World Looks the Way It DoesPhilip BallForbes
426Periodic TalesWikipedia
427Philosophiae Naturalis Principia MathematicaDiscover
428PhysicaDiscover
429Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern ScienceWerner HeisenbergList Muse
430Pilgrim at Tinker CreekAnnie DillardSocial Bat
431Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur BuilderMichael PollanDennis Meredith
432Portraits of the RainforestE.O. WilsonDennis Meredith
433Power, Sex, SuicideWikipedia
434Powers of TenPhilip MorrisonSimon Singh
435Predictably IrrationalSocial Bat
436Prisoner’s DilemmaWilliam PoundstonePreposterous Universe
437Punctuated EquilibriumStephen Jay GouldDennis Meredith
438Pushing the Limits: New Adventures in EngineeringHenry PetroskiDennis Meredith
439Q is for QuantumJohn GribbinSimon Singh
440Quantum Field Theory: A Modern IntroductionMichio KakuDennis Meredith
441Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in ScienceWikipedia
442Quantum RealityWikipedia
443Quintessence: The Search for Missing Mass in the UniverseWikipedia
444R in ActionSocial Bat
445Rational Mysticism: Spirituality Meets Science in the Search for EnlightenmentJohn HorganDennis Meredith
446Reaching for the Sun: How Plants WorkJohn KingList Muse
447ReAction! Chemistry in the MoviesWikipedia
448RegenesisGeorge Churchio9
449Remaking the World: Adventures in EngineeringHenry PetroskiDennis Meredith
450Revolution in TimeWritting About Science
451Riddle of the DinosaurJohn WilfordDennis Meredith
452Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to MarsNathalia HoltForbes
453River Out Of Eden: A Darwinian View Of Life (Science Masters Series)Richard DawkinsDennis Meredith
454Roald Hoffmann on the Philosophy, Art and Science of ChemistryRoald HoffmannThe Curious Wavefunction
455Rocks and MineralsOEDB
456Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of LifeStephen Jay GouldDennis Meredith
457Rules of Sociological MethodOEDB
458Sally Ride ScienceWikipedia
459Sapiens: A Brief History of HumankindYuval Noah HarariGoodreads
460ScienceROBERT DINWIDDIEGeek Wrapped
461Science and Anti-ScienceWritting About Science
462Science and HypothesisWikipedia
463Science and the Modern WorldAlfred North WhiteheadList Muse
464Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the UnknownWikipedia
465Science MagicMartin GardnerSimon Singh
466Science: GoodMartin GardnerSimon Singh
467Scientific Autobiography and Other PapersMax PlanckList Muse
468Scientists at Work: The Creative Process of Scientific ResearchJohn WilfordDennis Meredith
469Scientists Greater than Eintsein: The Biggest Lifesavers of the Twentieth CenturyJoel ShurkinDennis Meredith
470Second Chances: Men, Women and Children a Decade After DivorceSandra BlakesleeDennis Meredith
471Second Nature: A Gardener’s EducationMichael PollanDennis Meredith
472Seeds of Change: Five Plants That Transformed MankindWikipedia
473Seeing and BelievingRichard PanekSimon Singh
474Seeing In The Dark – How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space And Guarding Earth Form Interplanetary PerilTimothy FerrisDennis Meredith
475Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics under HitlerPhilip BallPimedia Online
476Seven Elements That Have Changed the WorldJohn BrownePimedia Online
477Sex on the Brain: The Biological Differences Between Men and WomenDeborah BlumDennis Meredith
478Sexual Behavior in the Human MaleAlfred C. Kinsey et al.Discover
479Shadows of Forgotten AncestorsCarl SaganDennis Meredith
480Shock-TraumaJon FranklinDennis Meredith
481Silent WorldOEDB
482Small Things Considered: Why There Is No Perfect DesignHenry PetroskiDennis Meredith
483Snowball EarthGabrielle WalkerSimon Singh
484SocialSocial Bat
485SociobiologyEO Wilsonio9
486Sorcerer’s ApprenticeTahir ShahSimon Singh
487Sorting the Beef from the Bull: The Science of Food Fraud ForensicsRichard Evershed and Nicola TempleForbes
488Space ChroniclesWikipedia
489Space Shots, The Beauty of Nature Beyond EarthTimothy FerrisDennis Meredith
490Space-Liner: Report on the Columbia’s VoyageJohn WilfordDennis Meredith
491SpilloverDynamic Ecology
492SpinelessSUSAN MIDDLETONGeek Wrapped
493Spook: Science Tackles the AfterlifeMary RoachGoodreads
494Starlight NightsOEDB
495Strange BeautyGeorge JohnsonSimon Singh
496Strange Matters: Undiscovered Ideas at the Frontiers of Space and TimeTom SiegfriedDennis Meredith
497Stumbling on HappinessSocial Bat
498Success through Failure: The Paradox of DesignHenry PetroskiDennis Meredith
499Summer WorldSocial Bat
500Supercontinent: Ten Billion Years in the Life of Our PlanetTed NieldList Muse
501Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction,Philip Tetlock and Dan GardnerPsychology Today
502SuperFreakonomicsWikipedia
503Survival of the SickestWikipedia
504Symbiotic Planet: A New Look At EvolutionLynn MargulisList Muse
505Sympathetic Vibrations: Reflections on Physics As a Way of LifeK.C. ColeDennis Meredith
506T-Rex and the Crater of DoomWalter AlvarezSimon Singh
507Taking ChancesJohn HaighSimon Singh
508Tales about MetalsS. VenetskyThe Curious Wavefunction
509Ten Technologies to Fix Energy and ClimateWikipedia
510Terman’s Kids: The Groundbreaking Study of How the Gifted Grow UpJoel ShurkinDennis Meredith
511Test Your Psychic PowersSue BlackmoreSimon Singh
512The (Honest) Truth About DishonestyOEDB
513The 50 Most Extreme Places in Our Solar SystemWikipedia
514The 85 Ways to Tie a TieThomas Fink & Mao YongSimon Singh
515The Accidental UniverseALAN LIGHTMANGeek Wrapped
516The Age of EntanglementOEDB
517The Age Of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of ScienceRichard HolmesWritting About Science
518The Alchemy of the HeavensOEDB
519The Altruism EquationSocial Bat
520The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to TodayHelena CroninList Muse
521The AntsBert HolldoblerWritting About Science
522The Art of ChoosingOEDB
523The Astonishing HypothesisFrancis CrickPreposterous Universe
524The Backyard Astronomer’s GuideOEDB
525The Barmaid’s BrainJay IngramSimon Singh
526The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y CajalLarry W SwansonIndependent
527The Beauty of the BeastlyNatalie AngierDennis Meredith
528The Beginnings of Western ScienceDavid C. LindbergList Muse
529The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and NatureOEDB
530The BetDynamic Ecology
531The Better Angels of Our NatureSocial Bat
532The Billion Dollar MoleculeBarry WerthThe Curious Wavefunction
533The Birth and Death of the SunWikipedia
534The Bit and the Pendulum: From Quantum Computing to M Theory-The New Physics of InformationTom SiegfriedDennis Meredith
535The Black Hole WarOEDB
536The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything BetterSandra BlakesleeDennis Meredith
537The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the PrimatesFrans de WaalList Muse
538The Book of BeetlesPATRICE BOUCHARDGeek Wrapped
539The Book of EggsMARK E. HAUBERGeek Wrapped
540The Book of Life: An Illustrated History of the Evolution of Life on EarthStephen Jay GouldDennis Meredith
541The Book of LoveDiane AckermanDennis Meredith
542The Book of TreesMANUEL LIMAGeek Wrapped
543The Book On The BookshelfHenry PetroskiDennis Meredith
544The Brain That Changes ItselfWikipedia
545The Brain: The Story of YouDavid EaglemanIndependent
546The Cancer ChroniclesGeorge JohnsonPimedia Online
547The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America’s Hospital SystemCharles E. RosenbergStat News
548The Century of the GeneEvelyn Fox KellerList Muse
549The Cogwheel BrainDoron SwadeSimon Singh
550The Control of NatureJohn McPheeDennis Meredith
551The Cosmic CodeHeinz R. PagelsWritting About Science
552The Cosmic LandscapeOEDB
553The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on EarthE.O. WilsonDennis Meredith
554The Crest of the WaveWillard BascomWritting About Science
555The Dancing Wu Li MastersOEDB
556The Death of CancerDr. Vincent DeVita and Elizabeth DeVita-RaeburnStat News
557The Death of Truth: Thomas S. Kuhn and the Evolution of IdeasKeay DavidsonDennis Meredith
558The Demon in the FreezerRichard PrestonDennis Meredith
559The Digital MindWikipedia
560The Disappearing SpoonSam KeanThe Curious Wavefunction
561The Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th-Century Science, Including the Original PapersAlan LightmanDennis Meredith
562The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human IntelligenceCarl SaganDennis Meredith
563The Drunkard’s WalkWikipedia
564The Drunken BotanistAMY STEWARTGeek Wrapped
565The Edge of PhysicsOEDB
566The Edge of the SkyRoberto TrottaScottish Book Trust
567The Edge of the UnknownWikipedia
568The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in BiologyHorace Freeland JudsonList Muse
569The Emperor’s New DrugsWikipedia
570The End of Science: Facing the Limits of Knowledge in the Twilight of the Scientific AgeJohn HorganDennis Meredith
571The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They areHenry PetroskiDennis Meredith
572The Expanding UniverseArthur EddingtonList Muse
573The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting StarsChristopher CokinosWritting About Science
574The Fermi SolutionHans Christian Von BaeyerWritting About Science
575The Fifth EssenceWikipedia
576The Fifth MiraclePaul DaviesSimon Singh
577The Folly of FoolsSocial Bat
578The Forest UnseenSocial Bat
579The Fractal Geometry of NatureBenoit MandelbrotList Muse
580The Freud ReaderOEDB
581The Full Body Project: Photographs by Leonard NimoyNatalie AngierDennis Meredith
582The Future of LifeE.O. WilsonDennis Meredith
583The Future of the MindWikipedia
584The G Spot and Other Recent Discoveries About Human SexualityWikipedia
585The GapWikipedia
586The GatheringDiane AckermanDennis Meredith
587The Genius in All of Us: New Insights into Genetics, Talent, and IQ,David ShenkPsychology Today
588The Genome War: How Craig Venter Tried to Capture the Code of Life and Save the WorldJames ShreeveStat News
589The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern WorldSteven JohnsonGoodreads
590The God ParticleWikipedia
591The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World’s Most Astonishing NumberMario LivioWritting About Science
592The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Magister’s Pox: Mending the Gap Between Science and the HumanitiesStephen Jay GouldDennis Meredith
593The Hole in the Universe: How Scientists Peered over the Edge of Emptiness and Found EverythingK.C. ColeDennis Meredith
594The Human AgeDIANE ACKERMANGeek Wrapped
595The Human Brain: A Guided TourSusan A. GreenfieldList Muse
596The Human Story: A New History of Mankind’s EvolutionRobin DunbarList Muse
597The Imitation GameJim Ottaviani and Leland PurvisScottish Book Trust
598The Information: A History, a Theory, a FloodWikipedia
599The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital RevolutionWikipedia
600The Insect SocietiesEdward O. WilsonDiscover
601The Invention that Changed The WorldRobert BuderiWritting About Science
602The Invisible Fire: The Story of Mankind’s Victory over the Ancient Scourge of SmallpoxJoel ShurkinDennis Meredith
603The Invisible GorillaOEDB
604The Journals of Lewis and ClarkMeriwether Lewis and William ClarkDiscover
605The Last Harvest: The Genetic Gamble That Threatens to Destroy American AgriculturePaul RaeburnDennis Meredith
606The Life of the CosmosWikipedia
607The Lighthouse StevensonsBella BathurstSimon Singh
608The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills,Daniel CoylePsychology Today
609The Living Planet in CrisisE.O. WilsonDennis Meredith
610The Logic of Scientific DiscoveryKarl PopperList Muse
611The Magic ShowM. Setteducati & A. BenkovitzSimon Singh
612The Man Who Loved Only NumbersDynamic Ecology
613The MapmakersJohn WilfordDennis Meredith
614The MartianAndy WeirGoodreads
615The Mathematical ExperienceDavies and HershPreposterous Universe
616The Mathematics of LifeWikipedia
617The Meaning of It AllRichard Feynman’Simon Singh
618The Mechanical TurkTom StandageSimon Singh
619The Medea HypothesisPeter Wardio9
620The Mind’s Sky: Human Intelligence in a Cosmic ContextTimothy FerrisDennis Meredith
621The Mobile WaveWikipedia
622The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, the Father of GeneticsRobin Marantz HenigDennis Meredith
623The Monkey WarsDeborah BlumDennis Meredith
624The MoonDavid WhitehouseSimon Singh
625The Moon by Whale Light: And Other Adventures Among Bats, Penguins, Crocodilians, and WhalesDiane AckermanDennis Meredith
626The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary PsychologyRobert WrightList Muse
627The Moral LandscapeSam HarrisSocial Bat
628The Moral MoleculeSocial Bat
629The Music of Life: Biology Beyond GenesDenis NobleList Muse
630The Mysterious UniverseWikipedia
631The Myth of SenilityRobin Marantz HenigDennis Meredith
632The Natural Philosophy of James Clerk MaxwellP. M. HarmanList Muse
633The New Quantum UniverseTony Hey; Patrick WaltersList Muse
634The New Science of Strong Materials or Why You Don’t Fall through the FloorJ. E. GordonList Muse
635The New York Times Reader: Science & TechnologyStocking, Holly S.Dennis Meredith
636The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four MealsMichael PollanDennis Meredith
637The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball TeamBen Lindbergh and Sam MillerForbes
638The Organized MindWikipedia
639The Origins of VirtueSocial Bat
640The Oxford Book of Modern Science WritingRichard DawkinsDennis Meredith
641The Panda’s ThumbStephen Jay GouldSimon Singh
642The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism ControversySeth MnookinStat News
643The Paradox of ChoiceOEDB
644The People’s Health: A Memoir of Public Health and Its Evolution at HarvardRobin Marantz HenigDennis Meredith
645The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General RelativityPedro G. FerreiraPimedia Online
646The Philosophical Breakfast ClubDynamic Ecology
647The Physics of Star TrekLaurence KraussWritting About Science
648The PlagueAlbert CamusStat News
649The Pleasures of CountingT. W. KornerList Muse
650The Pluto FilesNeil deGrasse TysonDennis Meredith
651The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic AgeGino Segrè and Bettina HoerlinForbes
652The Portable JungOEDB
653The PredictorsThomas BassSimon Singh
654The Psychology of Everyday ThingsDonald A. NormanWritting About Science
655The Psychology of TerrorismJohn HorganDennis Meredith
656The Psychology of the PsychicDavid MarksSimon Singh
657The Rarest of the Rare: Vanishing Animals, Timeless WorldsDiane AckermanDennis Meredith
658The Realm of the NebulaeEdwin HubbleList Muse
659The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human NatureWikipedia
660The Right StuffOEDB
661The River that Flows UphillWilliam H. CalvinWritting About Science
662The Science of Harry PotterRoger HighfieldSimon Singh
663The Science of ShakespeareDAN FALKGeek Wrapped
664The Science of Star WarsWikipedia
665The Serengeti RulesDynamic Ecology
666The Sexual BrainWikipedia
667The Signal and the NoiseDynamic Ecology
668The Singular Universe and the Reality of TimeWikipedia
669The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban AstrophysicistNeil deGrasse TysonDennis Meredith
670The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement,David BrooksPsychology Today
671The Soul of an OctopusSy MontgomeryIndependent
672The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance,David EpsteinPsychology Today
673The StarsOEDB
674The Story of SnowOEDB
675The Structure of Evolutionary TheoryStephen Jay GouldDennis Meredith
676The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect SocietiesE. O. Wilson; Bert HolldoblerList Muse
677The Technology of OrgasmRachel Mainesio9
678The Theory That Would Not DieDynamic Ecology
679The Tipping PointWikipedia
680The Toothpick: Technology and CultureHenry PetroskiDennis Meredith
681The Trouble With PhysicsDynamic Ecology
682The Ultimate Dinosaur BookOEDB
683The Undiscovered Mind: How the Human Brain Defies Replication, Medication, and ExplanationJohn HorganDennis Meredith
684The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: The 25 Year Landmark StudySandra BlakesleeDennis Meredith
685The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and BeautyK.C. ColeDennis Meredith
686The Universe BelowWritting About Science
687The Universe for BeginnersWikipedia
688The Unnatural Nature of ScienceLewis WolpertSimon Singh
689The Upside of IrrationalityOEDB
690The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for GodCarl SaganDennis Meredith
691The Very First LightWritting About Science
692The Voyage of the BeagleCharles DarwinDiscover
693The Way of ZenAlan WattsSocial Bat
694The Winner Effect: The Neuroscience of Success and Failure,Ian RobertsonPsychology Today
695The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Connection between Humans and DogsJon FranklinDennis Meredith
696The World in Six SongsWikipedia
697The World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy and MathematicsTimothy FerrisDennis Meredith
698the Year 2100Goodreads
699The Yipping TigerWikipedia
700The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War StoryDiane AckermanDennis Meredith
701ThermodynamicsEnrico FermiList Muse
702Think Like a FreakWikipedia
703Thinking StrategicallyWikipedia
704This Explains EverythingSocial Bat
705This Is Your Brain on MusicWikipedia
706This Will Make you SmarterSocial Bat
707Through Distant Worlds and TimesWikipedia
708Through Our Eyes Only?: The Search for Animal ConsciousnessMarian Stamp DawkinsList Muse
709Time’s Arrow, Time’s Cycle: Myth and Metaphor in the Discovery of Geological Time (Pelican)Stephen Jay GouldDennis Meredith
710Time’s Arrow and Archimedes’ PointHuw PricePreposterous Universe
711Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed with TimeSimon GarfieldIndependent
712To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful DesignHenry PetroskiDennis Meredith
713To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern ScienceSteven WeinbergList Muse
714Tornadoes: Chaos from the SkyKeay DavidsonDennis Meredith
715Traces of Time: The Beauty of Change in Nature: An Exploratorium BookDiane AckermanDennis Meredith
716Tree: A Life StoryWikipedia
717TrilobiteRichard ForteySimon Singh
718Turn Left at OrionOEDB
719Twister: The Science of Tornadoes and the Making of an Adventure MovieKeay DavidsonDennis Meredith
720Uncle TungstenOliver SacksThe Curious Wavefunction
721Uncommon CarriersJohn McPheeDennis Meredith
722UndeniableBILL NYEGeek Wrapped
723Under a Lucky StarRoy Chapman AndrewsDiscover
724Understanding PhysicsWikipedia
725UniverseMARTIN REESGeek Wrapped
726Unnatural SelectionMara Hvistendahlio9
727Up from DragonsWikipedia
728Update–Report on the Planet EarthJoel ShurkinDennis Meredith
729User:J Boogie1/When to Rob a BankWikipedia
730Venomous: How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered BiochemistryChristie WilcoxForbes
731Voices of the LandMichael PollanDennis Meredith
732Voodoo ScienceWikipedia
733Waking UpSam HarrisSocial Bat
734Warmth Disperses and Time PassesHans Christian Von BaeyerPreposterous Universe
735We Are All Completely Beside OurselvesKaren Joy FowlerStat News
736We Reach the MoonJohn WilfordDennis Meredith
737What About the Kids? Raising Your Children Before, During and After DivorceSandra BlakesleeDennis Meredith
738What Do You Care What Other People Think?Wikipedia
739What Evolution IsErnst MayrList Muse
740What Is Mathematics?Richard Courant; Herbert Robbins; Ian StewartList Muse
741What is the World Made Of?OEDB
742What the Dog SawWikipedia
743When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All TimeMichael BentonList Muse
744Where Was God on September 11? (A Scientist Asks a Ground Zero Pastor)John HorganDennis Meredith
745Wholeness and the Implicate OrderDavid BohmList Muse
746Why Buildings Fall DownWritting About Science
747Why Chemical Reactions HappenJames Keeler; Peter WothersList Muse
748Why Darwin MattersWikipedia
749Why Does E=mc²?Wikipedia
750Why Everyone Else is a HypocriteSocial Bat
751Why Evolution is TrueJerry CoyneDennis Meredith
752Wild LifeDynamic Ecology
753Winter WorldBernd HeinrichSocial Bat
754Witness: Endangered Species of North AmericaE.O. WilsonDennis Meredith
755Woman: An Intimate GeographyNatalie AngierDennis Meredith
756Wonders of the Solar SystemWikipedia
757Words and Rules: The Ingredients of LanguageSteven PinkerDennis Meredith
758World FireWritting About Science
759Writing for Story: Craft Secrets of Dramatic NonfictionJon FranklinDennis Meredith
760You Are StardustELIN KELSEYGeek Wrapped
761You Can with BeakmanOEDB
762Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human BodyNeil ShubinGoodreads
763Your Premature Baby: The Complete Guide to Premie Care During That Crucial First YearRobin Marantz HenigDennis Meredith


22 Best Popular Science Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Dennis Meredith Best Books
Discover 25 Greatest Science Books of All Time
Dynamic Ecology Recommendations of popular science books that scientists would enjoy? (UPDATEDx2)
Forbes The 10 Best Popular Science Books of 2016: Maths, Physics, Chemistry
Geek Wrapped The 50 Best Science Books
Goodreads Popular Science Books
Independent 9 best popular science books
io9 23 Science Books That Are So Exciting They Read Like Genre Fiction
Johnny Lists 13 Popular Science Books Everyone Should Read
List Muse The 100 Best Science Books of All Time
Listverse 10 Great Popular Science Books
OEDB 100 All-Time Greatest Popular Science Books (and 17 More)
Pimedia Online Breaking down the best of popular science books
Preposterous Universe The Thousand Best Popular-Science Books
Psychology Today 10 Pop-Science Books to Challenge Your Views on Expertise
Scottish Book Trust 10 Science Books for Teens
Simon Singh Great Science Books
Social Bat The best popular science books? My picks.
Stat News The 27 best health and science books to read this summer
The Curious Wavefunction Top 10 popular chemistry books for the general reader
Wikipedia Category:Popular science books
Writting About Science NOTABLE POPULAR SCIENCE BOOKS

 

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