The 100 Best Science Books Ever Written

The Origin of Species By Charles Darwin

Cosmos By Carl Sagan

QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter By Richard Feynman

On Growth and Form By D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson

Ideas And Opinions By Albert Einstein

Double Helix By James D. Watson

Lives of a Cell By Lewis Thomas

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions By Thomas Kuhn

Knowledge and Wonder: Natural World as Man Knows it By Victor Weisskopf

What Evolution Is By Ernst Mayr

The Selfish Gene By Richard Dawkins

To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science By Steven Weinberg

The Music of Life: Biology Beyond Genes By Denis Noble

A Brief History of Time By Stephen Hawking

Godel, Escher, Bach By Douglas R. Hofstadter

King Solomon’s Ring By Konrad Lorenz

What is Life? By Erwin Schrodinger

The Elegant Universe By Brian Greene

Atkins’ Molecules By Peter Atkins

Silent Spring By Rachel Carson

Against Method By Paul Feyerabend

Coming of Age in the Milky Way By Timothy Ferris

Wonderful Life By Stephen Jay Gould

The Realm of the Nebulae By Edwin Hubble

Global Warming: The Complete Briefing By John Houghton

ABC of Relativity By Bertrand Russell

Microbe Hunters By Paul de Kruif

Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science By Werner Heisenberg

The Same and Not the Same By Roald Hoffmann

The Fractal Geometry of Nature By Benoit Mandelbrot

Atomic Theory and the Description of Nature By Niels Bohr

The Expanding Universe By Arthur Eddington

The Beginnings of Western Science By David C. Lindberg

What Is Mathematics? By Richard Courant; Herbert Robbins; Ian Stewart

The Language Instinct: The New Science of Language and Mind By Steven Pinker

Reaching for the Sun: How Plants Work By John King

The Emperor’s New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics By Roger Penrose

The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to Today By Helena Cronin

New Views on an Old Planet By Tjeerd H. van Andel

Wholeness and the Implicate Order By David Bohm

Science and the Modern World By Alfred North Whitehead

The Human Story: A New History of Mankind’s Evolution By Robin Dunbar

The Fabric of Reality By David Deutsch

Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers By Max Planck

General Chemistry By Linus Pauling

Symbiotic Planet: A New Look At Evolution By Lynn Margulis

Truth and Beauty: Aesthetics and Motivations in Science By Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

A Mathematician’s Apology By G. H. Hardy

Digging Dinosaurs By John R. Horner; James Gorman

Great Physicists: The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking By William H. Cropper

Why Chemical Reactions Happen By James Keeler; Peter Wothers

Molecular Biology of the Cell By Bruce Alberts; Peter Walter; Julian Lewis

The Natural Philosophy of James Clerk Maxwell By P. M. Harman

Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution By Peter Kropotkin

Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life By Carl Zimmer

For Love of Insects By Thomas Eisner

Number: The Language of Science By Tobias Dantzig; Joseph Mazur

Made to Measure: New Materials for the 21st Century By Philip Ball

On the Rocks: Earth Science for Everyone By John S. Dickey

Inward Bound: Of Matter and Forces in the Physical World By Abraham Pais

Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth By Andrew H. Knoll

The New Quantum Universe By Tony Hey; Patrick Walters

Cathedrals of Science: The Personalities and Rivalries That Made Modern Chemistry By Patrick Coffey

Evolution By Nicholas Barton; Derek Briggs; Jonathan Eisen

In the Shadow of the Bomb: Oppenheimer, Bethe, and the Moral Responsibility of the Scientist By Silvan S. Schweber

Genetics and the Origin of Species By Theodosius Dobzhansky

Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth By James Lovelock

Emerging Viruses By Stephen S. Morse

The Human Brain: A Guided Tour By Susan A. Greenfield

Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie By Barbara Goldsmith

Advice To A Young Scientist By P. B. Medawar

Nature’s Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the Elements By John Emsley

Magic Molecules: How Drugs Work By Susan Aldridge

Chaos By James Gleick

The Pleasures of Counting By T. W. Korner

The Logic of Scientific Discovery By Karl Popper

One Two Three … Infinity By George Gamow

Through Our Eyes Only?: The Search for Animal Consciousness By Marian Stamp Dawkins

Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History By David E. Fastovsky; David B. Weishampel

Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine By Roy Porter

The New Science of Strong Materials or Why You Don’t Fall through the Floor By J. E. Gordon

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat By Oliver Sacks

Between Genius and Genocide: The Tragedy of Fritz Haber By Dan Charles

Diatoms to Dinosaurs: The Size and Scale of Living Things By Chris McGowan; Julian Mulock

The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology By Horace Freeland Judson

How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells By Lewis Wolpert

The Century of the Gene By Evelyn Fox Keller

The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology By Robert Wright

Supercontinent: Ten Billion Years in the Life of Our Planet By Ted Nield

When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time By Michael Benton

Warped Passages By Lisa Randall

The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates By Frans de Waal

Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software By Charles Petzold

Elegance in Science By Ian Glynn

Bad Science By Ben Goldacre

Pathologic Basis of Disease By Vinay Kumar; Abul K. Abbas; Jon C. Aster

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer By Siddhartha Mukherjee

Making Modern Science: A Historical Survey By Peter J. Bowler; Iwan Rhys Morus

To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science By Steven Weinberg

The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality By Brian Greene

 

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