Popular Science

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A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs
Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up
Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole: A Renowned Neurologist Explains the Mystery and Drama of Brain Disease
Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors
Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms
Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives
The Brain: The Story of You
Black Holes: The Reith Lectures
When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought
Unthinkable: What the World's Most Extraordinary Brains Can Teach Us About Our Own
The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things ― Stories from Science and Observation
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction
Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves
Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth
A Brief History of Time
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Selfish Gene
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales
Cosmos
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Bad Science
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
The God Delusion
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character
The Grand Design
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
The Case of the Frozen Addicts by J. William LangstonHow to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog) by Lee Alan DugatkinThe Best Bits of Physics by Alasdair C. ShawThe Demon-Haunted World by Carl SaganWonderful Life by Stephen Jay Gould
How Science Works
14 books — 3 voters
What If? by Randall MunroeGuns, Germs, and Steel by Jared DiamondThe Improbability Principle by David J. HandThe Meaning of It All by Richard P. FeynmanThings to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension by Matt    Parker
Books featured in Vsauce's videos
58 books — 34 voters

Blood River by Tim ButcherGuns, Germs, and Steel by Jared DiamondOn The Origin of Species by Charles DarwinThe Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootQuiet by Susan Cain
Mind-changing Nonfiction
57 books — 25 voters
A Survey of Physical Theory by Max PlanckBirth of a Theorem by Cédric VillaniLove and Math by Edward FrenkelWhat Is Mathematics? by Richard CourantFrom Here to Infinity by Ian Stewart
Rigorous Popular Science Books
12 books — 5 voters

The Martian by Andy WeirThe Lost City of Z by David GrannThe Invention of Nature by Andrea WulfOn the Move by Oliver SacksThe Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Science Friday Radio Show/Podcast
103 books — 40 voters
Bad Pharma by Ben GoldacreThe Establishment by Owen   JonesGulag by Anne ApplebaumThe Language Instinct by Steven PinkerMathematics by Timothy Gowers
Non-Fiction for Intelligent Readers
31 books — 6 voters


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