The 100 Best Science Books of All Time


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The 100 Best Science Books of All Time list contains a mixture of classic and popular works, chosen for their accessibility and relevance. Most of the books selected are suitable for a well educated layman with only a few being for a more serious reader. The list covers the obvious subjects: biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as mathematics, the philosophy of science, and the history of science. It also includes several biographies.

Each author is only represented by one book on the list. We recommend that you look at author pages to find more great works. It's especially worth looking for more works by Richard Feynman, Ernst Mayr, Bertrand Russell, Peter Atkins, Rachel Carson, and George Gamow.

1. The Origin of Species

By Charles Darwin | Used Price: 70% Off

In The Origin of Species (1859) Darwin challenged many of the most deeply-held beliefs of the Western world. Arguing for a material, not divine, origin of species, he showed that new species are achieved by "natural selection." The Origin communicates the enthusiasm of original thinking in an ... More »

The Origin of Species
QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter

2. QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter

By Richard Feynman | Used Price: 80% Off

Celebrated for his brilliantly quirky insights into the physical world, Nobel laureate Richard Feynman also possessed an extraordinary talent for explaining difficult concepts to the general public. Here Feynman provides a classic and definitive introduction to QED (namely, quantum electrodynamics), that part of quantum field theory describing the ... More »

3. On Growth and Form

By D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson | 70% Off

Why do living things and physical phenomena take the form they do? D'Arcy Thompson's classic On Growth and Form looks at the way things grow and the shapes they take. Analysing biological processes in their mathematical and physical aspects, this historic work, first published in 1917, has also ... More »

On Growth and Form
Ideas And Opinions

4. Ideas And Opinions

By Albert Einstein | Used Price: 50% Off

A new edition of the most definitive collection of Albert Einstein's popular writings, gathered under the supervision of Einstein himself. The selections range from his earliest days as a theoretical physicist to his death in 1955; from such subjects as relativity, nuclear war or peace, and religion and ... More »

5. Double Helix

By James D. Watson | Used Price: 80% Off

Published to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Nobel Prize for Watson and Crick’s discovery of the structure of DNA, an annotated and illustrated edition of this classic book gives new insights into the personal relationships between James Watson, Frances Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin, and the ... More »

Double Helix
Lives of a Cell

6. Lives of a Cell

By Lewis Thomas | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Elegant, suggestive, and clarifying, Lewis Thomas's profoundly humane vision explores the world around us and examines the complex interdependence of all things.  Extending beyond the usual limitations of biological science and into a vast and wondrous world of hidden relationships, this provocative book explores in personal, poetic essays ... More »

7. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

By Thomas Kuhn | Used Price: 60% Off

A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and challenging its ideas once ... More »

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Knowledge and Wonder: Natural World as Man Knows it

8. Knowledge and Wonder: Natural World as Man Knows it

By Victor Weisskopf | Under $1.00

More than 100,000 copies of the first edition of Knowledge and Wonder have been sold, both in the U.S. and abroad. Written expressly for ... More »

9. What Evolution Is

By Ernst Mayr | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

At once a spirited defense of Darwinian explanations of biology and an elegant primer on evolution for the general reader, What Evolution Is poses the questions at the heart of evolutionary theory and considers how our improved understanding of evolution has affected the viewpoints and values of modern ... More »

What Evolution Is
The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies

10. The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies

By E. O. Wilson; Bert Holldobler | 70% Off

The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of The Ants render the extraordinary lives of the social insects in this visually spectacular volume.The Superorganism promises to be one of the most important scientific works published in this decade. Coming eighteen years after the publication of The Ants, this new volume expands ... More »

11. The Selfish Gene

By Richard Dawkins | Used Price: 60% Off

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 ... More »

The Selfish Gene
To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science

12. To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science

By Steven Weinberg

In To Explain the World, pre-eminent theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg offers a rich and irreverent history of science from a unique perspective - that of a scientist. Moving from ancient Miletus to medieval Baghdad to Oxford, and from the Museum of Alexandria to the Royal Society of London, ... More »

13. The Music of Life: Biology Beyond Genes

By Denis Noble | Used Price: 70% Off

The gene's eye view of life, proposed in Richard Dawkins acclaimed bestseller The Selfish Gene, sees living bodies as mere vehicles for the replication of genetic codes. But in The Music of Life, world renowned physiologist Denis Noble argues that, to truly understand life, we must look beyond ... More »

The Music of Life: Biology Beyond Genes
A Brief History of Time

14. A Brief History of Time

By Stephen Hawking | Used Price: 80% Off

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA 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 ... More »

15. Godel, Escher, Bach

By Douglas R. Hofstadter | 70% Off

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 ... More »

Godel, Escher, Bach
King Solomon's Ring

16. King Solomon's Ring

By Konrad Lorenz

Solomon, the legend goes, had a magic ring which enabled him to speak to the animals in their own language. Konrad Lorenz was gifted with a similar power of understanding the animal world. He was that rare beast, a brilliant scientist who could write (and indeed draw) beautifully. ... More »

17. What is Life?

By Erwin Schrodinger

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 ... More »

What is Life?
The Making of the Atomic Bomb

18. The Making of the Atomic Bomb

By Richard Rhodes | Used Price: 80% Off

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 ... More »

19. The Elegant Universe

By Brian Greene | Used Price: 80% Off

The international bestseller that inspired a major Nova special and sparked a new understanding of the universe, now with a new preface and epilogue. 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 ... More »

The Elegant Universe
Atkins' Molecules

20. Atkins' Molecules

By Peter Atkins | Used Price: 50% Off

In this new edition of the book that was called "the most beautiful chemistry book ever written," Peter Atkins reveals the molecules responsible for the experiences of our everyday life in fabrics, drugs, plastics, explosives, detergents, fragrances, tastes, and sex. Atkins gives a non-technical account of a ... More »

21. Silent Spring

By Rachel Carson | Used Price: 80% Off

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 ... More »

Silent Spring
Against Method

22. Against Method

By Paul Feyerabend | Used Price: 60% Off

Paul Feyerabend’s globally acclaimed work, which sparked and continues to stimulate fierce debate, examines the deficiencies of many widespread ideas about scientific progress and the nature of knowledge. Feyerabend argues that scientific advances can only be understood in a historical context. He looks at the way the philosophy ... More »

23. Coming of Age in the Milky Way

By Timothy Ferris | Used Price: 90% Off

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 ... More »

Coming of Age in the Milky Way
Wonderful Life

24. Wonderful Life

By Stephen Jay Gould | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

"[An] extraordinary book. . . . Mr. Gould is an exceptional combination of scientist and science writer. . . . He is thus exceptionally well placed to tell these stories, and he tells them with fervor and intelligence."―James Gleick, New York Times Book Review High in the Canadian ... More »

25. The Realm of the Nebulae

By Edwin Hubble | Used Price: 80% Off

No modern astronomer made a more profound contribution to our understanding of the cosmos than did Edwin Hubble, who first conclusively demonstrated that the universe is expanding. Basing his theory on the observation of the change in distanct galaxies, called red shift, Hubble showed that this is ... More »

The Realm of the Nebulae
Global Warming: The Complete Briefing

26. Global Warming: The Complete Briefing

By John Houghton | Used Price: 80% Off

John Houghton's market-leading textbook is now in full color and includes the latest IPCC findings, making it the definitive guide to climate change. Written for students across a wide range of disciplines, its simple, logical flow of ideas gives an invaluable grounding in the science and impacts of ... More »

27. ABC of Relativity

By Bertrand Russell | Used Price: 70% Off

First published in 1925, Bertrand Russell’s ABC of Relativity was considered a masterwork of its time, contributing significantly to the mass popularisation of science. Authoritative and accessible, it provides a remarkable introductory guide to Einstein’s theory of Relativity for a general readership. One of the most definitive reference ... More »

ABC of Relativity
Microbe Hunters

28. Microbe Hunters

By Paul de Kruif | Used Price: 60% Off

This science classic by Paul de Kruif chronicles the pioneering bacteriological work of the first scientists to see and learn from the microscopic world.   Paul de Kruif's Microbe Hunters is a timeless dramatization of the scientists, bacteriologists, doctors, and medical technicians who discovered microbes and invented ... More »

29. Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science

By Werner Heisenberg | Used Price: 60% Off

The seminal work by one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century, Physics and Philosophy is Werner Heisenberg's concise and accessible narrative of the revolution in modern physics, in which he played a towering role. The outgrowth of a celebrated lecture series, this book remains as ... More »

Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science
The Same and Not the Same

30. The Same and Not the Same

By Roald Hoffmann | Used Price: 80% Off

Positioned at the crossroads of the physical and biological sciences, chemistry deals with neither the infinitely small, nor the infinitely large, nor directly with life. So it is sometimes thought of as dull, the way things in the middle often are. But this middle ground is precisely where ... More »

31. The Fractal Geometry of Nature

By Benoit Mandelbrot | Used Price: 80% Off

Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, and lightening does not travel in a straight line. The complexity of nature's shapes differs in kind, not merely degree, from that of the shapes of ordinary geometry, the geometry of fractal shapes. Now that the field has expanded greatly ... More »

The Fractal Geometry of Nature
Atomic Theory and the Description of Nature

32. Atomic Theory and the Description of Nature

By Niels Bohr | Used Price: 50% Off

Niels Bohr (1885-1962) was a Danish physicist who played a key role in the development of atomic theory and quantum mechanics, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1922. First published in 1934, and reprinted in 1961, this collection contains four articles and an introductory survey. ... More »

33. The Expanding Universe

By Arthur Eddington | Used Price: 80% Off

Long out of print, this classic book investigates the experimental determination of one of the fundamental constants of astrophysics and its significance for astronmy. The Expanding Universe offers a unique sidelight on the history of ideas and Eddington's artistry; his evident enjoyment of writing and exposition ... More »

The Expanding Universe
The Beginnings of Western Science

34. The Beginnings of Western Science

By David C. Lindberg | Used Price: 60% Off

When it was first published in 1992, The Beginnings of Western Science was lauded as the first successful attempt ever to present a unified account of both ancient and medieval science in a single volume. Chronicling the development of scientific ideas, practices, and institutions from pre-Socratic Greek philosophy ... More »

35. What Is Mathematics?

By Richard Courant; Herbert Robbins; Ian Stewart

For more than two thousand years a familiarity with mathematics has been regarded as an indispensable part of the intellectual equipment of every cultured person. Today, unfortunately, the traditional place of mathematics in education is in grave danger. The teaching and learning of mathematics has degenerated into the ... More »

What Is Mathematics?
The Language Instinct: The New Science of Language and Mind

36. The Language Instinct: The New Science of Language and Mind

By Steven Pinker | Used Price: 80% Off

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, ... More »

37. Reaching for the Sun: How Plants Work

By John King

From their ability to use energy from sunlight to make their own food, to combating attacks from diseases and predators, plants have evolved an amazing range of life-sustaining strategies. Written with the non-specialist in mind, John King's lively natural history explains how plants function, from how they gain ... More »

Reaching for the Sun: How Plants Work
The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics

38. The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics

By Roger Penrose | Used Price: 90% Off

For decades, proponents of artificial intelligence have argued that computers will soon be doing everything that a human mind can do. Admittedly, computers now play chess at the grandmaster level, but do they understand the game as we do? Can a computer eventually do everything a human ... More »

39. The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to Today

By Helena Cronin | Used Price: 90% Off

The "ant" and the "peacock" stand for two puzzles in Darwinism--altruism and sexual selection. How can natural selection favor those, such as the worker ant, that renounce tooth and claw in favor of the public-spirited ways of the commune? And how can "peacocks"--flamboyant, ornamental and apparently useless--be tolerated ... More »

The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to Today
New Views on an Old Planet

40. New Views on an Old Planet

By Tjeerd H. van Andel | Under $1.00

Earth Science is history, and because the earth is changing every day, earth history is being added every moment. Professor van Andel's now famous book on earth history interweaves three main themes: the evolution of the solid earth; the history of oceans and atmospheres; and the ... More »

41. Wholeness and the Implicate Order

By David Bohm | Used Price: 50% Off

David Bohm was one of the foremost scientific thinkers and philosophers of our time. Although deeply influenced by Einstein, he was also, more unusually for a scientist, inspired by mysticism. Indeed, in the 1970s and 1980s he made contact with both J. Krishnamurti and the Dalai Lama whose ... More »

Wholeness and the Implicate Order
Science and the Modern World

42. Science and the Modern World

By Alfred North Whitehead | 70% Off

Alfred North Whitehead's SCIENCE AND THE MODERN WORLD, originally published in 1925, redefines the concept of modern science. Presaging by more than half a century most of today's cutting-edge thought on the cultural ramifications of science and technology, Whitehead demands that readers understand and celebrate the contemporary, ... More »

43. The Human Story: A New History of Mankind's Evolution

By Robin Dunbar

A wonderfully accessible, up-to-the-minute account of human evolution by 'one of the most respected evolutionary psychologists in Britain' (Guardian). Of the dozen or so hominid species once in existence, why are we the only one to have survived? What is it that sets us so firmly apart from ... More »

The Human Story: A New History of Mankind's Evolution
The Fabric of Reality

44. The Fabric of Reality

By David Deutsch | Used Price: 80% Off

For David Deutsch, a young physicist of unusual originality, quantum theory contains our most fundamental knowledge of the physical world. Taken literally, it implies that there are many universes “parallel” to the one we see around us. This multiplicity of universes, according to Deutsch, turns out to be ... More »

45. Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers

By Max Planck

In this fascinating autobiography from the foremost genius of twentieth-century physics, Max Planck tells the story of his life, his aims, and his thinking. Published posthumously, the papers in this volume were written for the general reader and make accessible his scientific theories as well as his philosophical ... More »

Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers
General Chemistry

46. General Chemistry

By Linus Pauling | Used Price: 70% Off

"An excellent text, highly recommended." — ChoiceWhen it was first published, this first-year chemistry text revolutionized the teaching of chemistry by presenting it in terms of unifying principles instead of as a body of unrelated facts. Those principles included modern theories of atomic and molecular structure, quantum mechanics, ... More »

47. Cosmos

By Carl Sagan | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

The best-selling science book ever published in the English language, COSMOS is a magnificent overview of the past, present, and future of science. Brilliant and provocative, it traces today's knowledge and scientific methods to their historical roots, blending science and philosophy in a wholly energetic and irresistible way. More »

Cosmos
Symbiotic Planet: A New Look At Evolution

48. Symbiotic Planet: A New Look At Evolution

By Lynn Margulis | Used Price: 80% Off

Although Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution laid the foundations of modern biology, it did not tell the whole story. Most remarkably, The Origin of Species said very little about, of all things, the origins of species. Darwin and his modern successors have shown very convincingly how inherited variations ... More »

49. Truth and Beauty: Aesthetics and Motivations in Science

By Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar | 70% Off

"What a splendid book! Reading it is a joy, and for me, at least, continuing reading it became compulsive. . . . Chandrasekhar is a distinguished astrophysicist and every one of the lectures bears the hallmark of all his work: precision, thoroughness, lucidity."—Sir Hermann Bondi, NatureThe late S. ... More »

Truth and Beauty: Aesthetics and Motivations in Science
A Mathematician's Apology

50. A Mathematician's Apology

By G. H. Hardy | Used Price: 80% Off

G. H. Hardy was one of this century's finest mathematical thinkers, renowned among his contemporaries as a 'real mathematician ... the purest of the pure'. He was also, as C. P. Snow recounts in his Foreword, 'unorthodox, eccentric, radical, ready to talk about anything'. This 'apology', written in ... More »

51. Digging Dinosaurs

By John R. Horner; James Gorman | Price: $0.01

A reissue of the now-classic book that revolutionized the way we think about dinosaurs. "Popular-science writing at its best."--Los Angeles Times More »

Digging Dinosaurs
Great Physicists: The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking

52. Great Physicists: The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking

By William H. Cropper | Under $1.00

Here is a lively history of modern physics, as seen through the lives of thirty men and women from the pantheon of physics. William H. Cropper vividly portrays the life and accomplishments of such giants as Galileo and Isaac Newton, Marie Curie and Ernest Rutherford, Albert Einstein and ... More »

53. Why Chemical Reactions Happen

By James Keeler; Peter Wothers

By tackling the most central ideas in chemistry, Why Chemical Reactions Happen provides the reader with all the tools and concepts needed to think like a chemist. The text takes a unified approach to the subject, aiming to help the reader develop a real overview of chemical processes, ... More »

Why Chemical Reactions Happen
Molecular Biology of the Cell

54. Molecular Biology of the Cell

By Bruce Alberts; Peter Walter; Julian Lewis

For nearly a quarter century Molecular Biology of the Cell has been the leading cell biology textbook. This tradition continues with the new Fifth Edition, which has been completely revised and updated to describe our current, rapidly advancing understanding of cell biology. To list but a few examples, ... More »

55. The Natural Philosophy of James Clerk Maxwell

By P. M. Harman | Used Price: 60% Off

This book provides an introductory yet comprehensive account of James Clerk Maxwell's (1831-79) physics and world view. The argument is structured by a focus on the fundamental themes that shaped Maxwell's science: analogy and geometry, models and mechanical explanation, statistical representation and the limitations of dynamical reasoning, and ... More »

The Natural Philosophy of James Clerk Maxwell
Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution

56. Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution

By Peter Kropotkin | Used Price: 50% Off

In this cornerstone of modern liberal social theory, Peter Kropotkin states that the most effective human and animal communities are essentially cooperative, rather than competitive. Kropotkin based this classic on his observations of natural phenomena and history, forming a work of stunning and well-reasoned scholarship. Essential to the ... More »

57. Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life

By Carl Zimmer | Used Price: 80% Off

A Best Book of the YearSeed Magazine • Granta Magazine • The Plain-DealerIn 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 ... More »

Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life
For Love of Insects

58. For Love of Insects

By Thomas Eisner

Imagine beetles ejecting defensive sprays as hot as boiling water; female moths holding their mates for ransom; caterpillars disguising themselves as flowers by fastening petals to their bodies; termites emitting a viscous glue to rally fellow soldiers--and you will have entered an insect world once beyond imagining, ... More »

59. Number: The Language of Science

By Tobias Dantzig; Joseph Mazur | Under $1.00

Number is an eloquent, accessible tour de force that reveals how the concept of number evolved from prehistoric times through the twentieth century. Tobias Dantzig shows that the development of math—from the invention of counting to the discovery of infinity—is a profoundly human story that progressed by ... More »

Number: The Language of Science
Made to Measure: New Materials for the 21st Century

60. Made to Measure: New Materials for the 21st Century

By Philip Ball | Used Price: 90% Off

Made to Measure introduces a general audience to one of today's most exciting areas of scientific research: materials science. Philip Ball describes how scientists are currently inventing thousands of new materials, ranging from synthetic skin, blood, ... More »

61. On the Rocks: Earth Science for Everyone

By John S. Dickey | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Explore the fundamental forces of nature in this lively, engrossing panorama of earth and planetary science. Professor John S. Dickey takes you on a tour that begins with the stardust that formed the Earth and ends on the outer reaches of the galaxy. Along the way you'll read ... More »

On the Rocks: Earth Science for Everyone
Inward Bound: Of Matter and Forces in the Physical World

62. Inward Bound: Of Matter and Forces in the Physical World

By Abraham Pais | Used Price: 90% Off

Abraham Pais' 'Subtle is the Lord...'--the award-winning biography of Albert Einstein--received high acclaim from The New York Times Book Review which hailed it as "a monument to sound scholarship and graceful style," and from The Christian Science Monitor which called it "an extraordinary biography of an extraordinary man." ... More »

63. Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth

By Andrew H. Knoll | Used Price: 80% Off

Australopithecines, dinosaurs, trilobites--such fossils conjure up images of lost worlds filled with vanished organisms. But in the full history of life, ancient animals, even the trilobites, form only the half-billion-year tip of a nearly four-billion-year iceberg. Andrew Knoll explores the deep history of life ... More »

Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth
The New Quantum Universe

64. The New Quantum Universe

By Tony Hey; Patrick Walters | 90% Off

The principles of quantum mechanics are the basis of everything in the physical world--from atoms to stars, from nuclei to lasers. Quantum paradoxes and the eventful life of Schroedinger's Cat are explained, along with the Many Universe explanation of quantum measurement in this newly revised edition. Updated throughout, ... More »

65. Cathedrals of Science: The Personalities and Rivalries That Made Modern Chemistry

By Patrick Coffey

In Cathedrals of Science, Patrick Coffey describes how chemistry got its modern footing-how thirteen brilliant men and one woman struggled with the laws of the universe and with each other. They wanted to discover how the world worked, but they also wanted credit for making those discoveries, ... More »

Cathedrals of Science: The Personalities and Rivalries That Made Modern Chemistry
Evolution

66. Evolution

By Nicholas Barton; Derek Briggs; Jonathan Eisen

Evolution is a new book on evolutionary biology that elegantly synthesizes traditional evolutionary theories with contemporary concepts from genomics, developmental biology, human genetics, and other areas of molecular biology. As an innovative, interdisciplinary, and thoroughly integrated book on evolutionary biology with world-renowned author, Evolution thoroughly illuminates this major ... More »

67. In the Shadow of the Bomb: Oppenheimer, Bethe, and the Moral Responsibility of the Scientist

By Silvan S. Schweber | Used Price: 80% Off

In the Shadow of the Bomb narrates how two charismatic, exceptionally talented physicists--J. Robert Oppenheimer and Hans A. Bethe--came to terms with the nuclear weapons they helped to create. In 1945, the United States dropped the ... More »

In the Shadow of the Bomb: Oppenheimer, Bethe, and the Moral Responsibility of the Scientist
Genetics and the Origin of Species

68. Genetics and the Origin of Species

By Theodosius Dobzhansky | 60% Off

Featuring an introduction by Stephen Jay Gould, "Genetics and the Origin of Species" presents the first edition of Dobzhansky's groundbreaking and now classic inquiry into what has emerged as the most important single area of scientific inquiry in the twentieth century: biological theory of evolution. Genetics and the ... More »

69. Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth

By James Lovelock | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

In this classic work that continues to inspire its many readers, James Lovelock deftly explains his idea that life on earth functions as a single organism. Written for the non-scientist, Gaia is a journey through time and space in search of evidence with which to support a new ... More »

Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth
Emerging Viruses

70. Emerging Viruses

By Stephen S. Morse | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

New epidemics such as AIDS and "mad cow" disease have dramatized the need to explore the factors underlying rapid viral evolution and emerging viruses. This comprehensive volume is the first to describe this multifaceted new field. It places viral evolution and emergence in a historical context, ... More »

71. The Human Brain: A Guided Tour

By Susan A. Greenfield | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

What would you see if you removed the skull from the human brain and then slowly worked your way deeper and deeper into the brain, to the level of an individual neuron? With renowned brain researcher Susan Greenfield as your guide, here is your chance to gain a ... More »

The Human Brain: A Guided Tour
Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie

72. Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie

By Barbara Goldsmith | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Through family interviews, diaries, letters, and workbooks that had been sealed for over sixty years, Barbara Goldsmith reveals the Marie Curie behind the myth—an all-too-human woman struggling to balance a spectacular scientific career, a demanding family, the prejudice of society, and her own passionate nature. Obsessive Genius is ... More »

73. Advice To A Young Scientist

By P. B. Medawar | Used Price: 70% Off

To those interested in a life in science, Sir Peter Medawar, Nobel laureate, deflates the myths of invincibility, superiority, and genius; instead, he demonstrates it is common sense and an inquiring mind that are essential to the scientist’s calling. He deflates the myths surrounding scientists—invincibility, superiority, and genius; ... More »

Advice To A Young Scientist
Nature's Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the Elements

74. Nature's Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the Elements

By John Emsley | Used Price: 60% Off

Written by award-winning science writer John Emsley, this informative and highly enjoyable book explains the what, the why and the wherefore of the elements. Arranged alphabetically, from Actinium to Zirconium, it is a complete guide to all the elements that are currently known, with more extensive coverage of ... More »

75. Magic Molecules: How Drugs Work

By Susan Aldridge | Under $1.00

We have all been drug users at one time or another. Drugs can be used as medicines, as food additives, for pleasure, and to protect our long-term health. With so many new drugs on the market and an ever-widening definition of what exactly makes a drug a drug, ... More »

Magic Molecules: How Drugs Work
Chaos

76. Chaos

By James Gleick | Used Price: 80% Off

The million-copy bestseller by National Book Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist James Gleick that reveals the science behind chaos theoryNational bestsellerMore than a million copies soldA work of popular science in the tradition of Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan, this 20th-anniversary edition of James Gleick’s groundbreaking bestseller ... More »

77. The Pleasures of Counting

By T. W. Korner | Used Price: 60% Off

In this engaging and readable book, Dr. Körner describes a variety of lively topics that continue to intrigue professional mathematicians. The topics range from the design of anchors and the Battle of the Atlantic to the outbreak of cholera in Victorian Soho. The author uses relatively simple terms ... More »

The Pleasures of Counting
The Logic of Scientific Discovery

78. The Logic of Scientific Discovery

By Karl Popper | Used Price: 60% Off

Described by the philosopher A.J. Ayer as a work of 'great originality and power', this book revolutionized contemporary thinking on science and knowledge. Ideas such as the now legendary doctrine of 'falsificationism' electrified the scientific community, influencing even working scientists, as well as post-war philosophy. This astonishing work ranks ... More »

79. One Two Three ... Infinity

By George Gamow | Under $1.00

". . . full of intellectual treats and tricks, of whimsy and deep scientific philosophy. It is highbrow entertainment at its best, a teasing challenge to all who aspire to think about the universe." — New York Herald TribuneOne of the world's foremost nuclear physicists (celebrated for his ... More »

One Two Three ... Infinity
Through Our Eyes Only?: The Search for Animal Consciousness

80. Through Our Eyes Only?: The Search for Animal Consciousness

By Marian Stamp Dawkins | 90% Off

What goes on inside the minds of other animals? Do they have thoughts and feelings like our own? To many people, particularly pet owners, the answers seem absurdly obvious. Others feel that the issue of animal consciousness is beyond the scope of science. In Through Our Eyes Only, ... More »

81. Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History

By David E. Fastovsky; David B. Weishampel

Updated with the material that instructors want, Dinosaurs continues to make science exciting and understandable to non-science majors through its narrative of scientific concepts rather than endless facts. It now contains new material on pterosaurs, an expanded section on the evolution of the dinosaurs and new photographs to ... More »

Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History
Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine

82. Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine

By Roy Porter | Used Price: 50% Off

"Chock-full of astonishing facts and fascinating illustrations."—Booklist An eminently readable, entertaining romp through the history of our vain and valiant efforts to heal ourselves. Mankind's battle to stay alive and healthy for as long as possible is our oldest, most universal struggle. With his characteristic wit and vastly ... More »

83. The New Science of Strong Materials or Why You Don't Fall through the Floor

By J. E. Gordon | Used Price: 80% Off

This new edition of J. E. Gordon's classic introduction to the properties of materials used in engineering answers some fundamental and fascinating questions about how the material world around us functions. In particular, Gordon focuses on so-called strong materials, such as metals, wood, ceramics, glass, and bone. For ... More »

The New Science of Strong Materials or Why You Don't Fall through the Floor
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

84. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

By Oliver Sacks | Used Price: 80% Off

In his most extraordinary book, “one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth century” (The New York Times) recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders.Oliver Sacks’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells ... More »

85. Between Genius and Genocide: The Tragedy of Fritz Haber

By Dan Charles

In January 1934, as Hitler's shadow began to fall across Europe, a short, bald man carrying a German passport arrived at the Hotel Euler in Basle. He seemed haunted and restless, as though he urgently needed to be elsewhere. Fritz Haber, Nobel laureate in chemistry, confidante of Albert ... More »

Between Genius and Genocide: The Tragedy of Fritz Haber
Diatoms to Dinosaurs: The Size and Scale of Living Things

86. Diatoms to Dinosaurs: The Size and Scale of Living Things

By Chris McGowan; Julian Mulock | Price: $0.01

In "Diatoms to Dinosaurs," Chris McGowan takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the natural world, and examines life in all its various forms. He imparts the excitement of discovery and the joy of understanding as he demonstrates the central importance of size and scale to the ... More »

87. The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology

By Horace Freeland Judson

In this classic book, the distinguished science writer Horace Freeland Judson tells the story of the birth and early development of molecular biology in the US, the UK, and France. The fascinating story of the golden period from the revelation of the double helix of DNA to the ... More »

The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology
How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells

88. How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells

By Lewis Wolpert | Used Price: 70% Off

Acclaimed biologist Lewis Wolpert eloquently narrates the basics of human life through the lens of its smallest component: the cell. Everything about our existence-movement and memory, imagination and reproduction, birth, and ultimately death-is governed by our cells. They are the basis of all life in the universe, from ... More »

89. The Century of the Gene

By Evelyn Fox Keller | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

In a book that promises to change the way we think and talk about genes and genetic determinism, Evelyn Fox Keller, one of our most gifted historians and philosophers of science, provides a powerful, profound analysis of the achievements of genetics and molecular biology in the twentieth ... More »

The Century of the Gene
The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

90. The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

By Robert Wright | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics--as ... More »

91. Supercontinent: Ten Billion Years in the Life of Our Planet

By Ted Nield | Used Price: 50% Off

To understand continental drift and plate tectonics, the shifting and collisions that make and unmake continents, requires a long view. The Earth, after all, is 4.6 billion years old. This book extends our vision to take in the greatest geological cycle of all—one so vast that our ... More »

Supercontinent: Ten Billion Years in the Life of Our Planet
When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time

92. When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time

By Michael Benton | Used Price: 90% Off

"The focus is the most severe mass extinction known in earth's history….The science on which the book is based is up-to-date, thorough, and balanced. Highly recommended."—ChoiceToday it is common knowledge that the dinosaurs were wiped out by a meteorite impact 65 million years ago that killed half of ... More »

93. Warped Passages

By Lisa Randall | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

The universe has many secrets. It may hide additional dimensions of space other than the familier three we recognize. There might even be another universe adjacent to ours, invisible and unattainable . . . for now.Warped Passages is a brilliantly readable and altogether exhilarating journey that tracks ... More »

Warped Passages
The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates

94. The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates

By Frans de Waal

In this lively and illuminating discussion of his landmark research, esteemed primatologist Frans de Waal argues that human morality is not imposed from above but instead comes from within. Moral behavior does not begin and end with religion but is in fact a product of evolution. For many ... More »

95. Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

By Charles Petzold | Used Price: 70% Off

What do flashlights, the British invasion, black cats, and seesaws have to do with computers? In CODE, they show us the ingenious ways we manipulate language and invent new means of communicating with each other. And through CODE, we see how this ingenuity and our very human compulsion ... More »

Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software
Elegance in Science

96. Elegance in Science

By Ian Glynn | Under $1.00

We usually associate a sense of elegance with art or fashion design, poetry or dance, but the idea of elegance is surprisingly important in science as well. The use of the term is most apparent in the "elegant proofs" of mathematics--which Bertrand Russell once described as "capable of ... More »

97. Bad Science

By Ben Goldacre | Used Price: 70% Off

Ben Goldacre's wise and witty bestseller, shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, lifts the lid on quack doctors, flaky statistics, scaremongering journalists and evil pharmaceutical corporations. Since 2003 Dr Ben Goldacre has been exposing dodgy medical data in his popular Guardian column. In this eye-opening book he takes ... More »

Bad Science
Pathologic Basis of Disease

98. Pathologic Basis of Disease

By Vinay Kumar; Abul K. Abbas; Jon C. Aster

One of the best-selling medical textbooks of all time, Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease is the one book that nearly all medical students purchase, and is also widely used by physicians worldwide. A "who's who" of pathology experts delivers the most dependable, current, and complete coverage ... More »

99. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

By Siddhartha Mukherjee | 70% Off

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 ... More »

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Making Modern Science: A Historical Survey

100. Making Modern Science: A Historical Survey

By Peter J. Bowler; Iwan Rhys Morus | 60% Off

The development of science, according to respected scholars Peter J. Bowler and Iwan Rhys Morus, expands our knowledge and control of the world in ways that affect-but are also affected by-society and culture. In Making Modern Science, a text designed for introductory college courses in the history of ... More »


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