Best General Science Books

Non-fiction books about neuroscience, genetics, biology, physiology, ecology, etc, etc.
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425 books · 408 voters · list created June 27th, 2009 by Robin (votes) .
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Comments (showing 1-12 of 12) (12 new)

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message 1: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Cellular Biology. Animals Without Backbones. The Dinosaur Heresies. A Brief History of Time.

I'M ASKING FRIENDS WHO KNOW HOW TO ADD THESE TITLES TO THIS LIST.


message 2: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Feb 28, 2010 08:36AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Dinosaur Heresies (Asuming it's the one by Bakker) popped up as the only hit when I searched for it under find/add books to list.

Brief History of Time is in the top 5.

Cellular Biology - uh, which author? That's a pretty general title.


message 3: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Susanna wrote: "Dinosaur Heresies (Asuming it's the one by Bakker) popped up as the only hit when I searched for it under find/add books to list.

Brief History of Time is in the top 5.

Cellular Biology - uh, whi..."


Any major text will do, be nice to find one that is more narrative than schematic.


message 4: by Yohannes (new)

Yohannes very goood


message 5: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Removed an obvious work of fiction.


message 6: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Jun 10, 2013 09:33AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Isn't Contact (#103) a novel?


message 7: by Joel (new)

Joel Too much focus on Biology.


message 8: by Elentarri (new)

Elentarri The Martian is a work of fiction.


message 9: by Robin (new)

Robin I deleted several works of fiction as well as several religious texts. For those voters interested in the intersection of science and religion, I would suggest finding or starting a new list for that purpose. This list is geared towards nonfiction science books rather than religious interpretations or debates with science.


message 10: by Hannah (new)

Hannah I'm rather disturbed about the amount of novels that appear on this purported list of "scientific novels" that are taking the stance of intelligent design. Intelligent design is not scientific by its very definition, it is not something that can be tested or disproven and therefore should not be on a list about scientific (keyword here) books.


message 11: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Books
# 74 - Darwin's Black Box
#136 - Icons of Evolution
#141 - Signature in the Cell
#143 - Darwin's Doubt
# 205 Shattering the Myth of Darwinism
#248 The Edge of Evolution
are all books for intelligent design.

Book #133 Of the Andromeda Martian Catastrophe is fiction. It's a beautiful list otherwise, I've found plenty of wonderful books cause of this list. Thanks!


message 12: by Joel (new)

Joel Hannah wrote: "I'm rather disturbed about the amount of novels that appear on this purported list of "scientific novels" that are taking the stance of intelligent design. Intelligent design is not scientific by i..."

So what. I personally believe in evolution, not intelligent design, but I think they have a place on this list.


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