Best Science Books for Non-Scientists

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105 reviews
½ 4.3
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lorax, seabear, lilithcat, ABVR, daschaich, stretch, prosfilaes, Percevan, dwacker, horacio.salazar, ManWithAnAgenda
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ABVR: The best explanation of what science is (and why it matters) that I've ever read.
horacio.salazar: Almost poetic. In this book Ssagan is like the Ray Bradbury of science.
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14,437 members
737 reviews
4.2
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raidergirl3, norabelle414, SylviaC, souloftherose, cej1027, GerrysBookshelf, horacio.salazar
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horacio.salazar: A book that redefines the way science stories can be told.
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3,633 members
47 reviews
4.1
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2,039 members
20 reviews
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jjwilson61, ABVR, stretch, prosfilaes, proserpinarex, horacio.salazar
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ABVR: Gould's second and best collection of essays: Uniformly good, with 5-6 among the best popular-science essays ever written.
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amarie, KimarieBee, AnnaClaire, raidergirl3, Percevan, electrice, horacio.salazar, mspixieears,ABVR ,Noisy ,thorold
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ABVR : A fascinating book, but one about technology . . . and technology rooted in the craft tradition, rather than science, at that.
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23,059 members
397 reviews
4.2
9 Members
stretch, lahochstetler, raidergirl3, sjmccreary, SylviaC, Percevan, souloftherose, martensgirl, horacio.salazar,lorax ,ABVR ,daschaich ,Noisy ,Ravic
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lorax: An error-ridden mess complete with random gratuitous homophobia.
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10,844 members
451 reviews
4.1
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6,436 members
108 reviews
½ 3.7
7 Members
KimarieBee, AnnaClaire, raidergirl3, reconditereader, EmScape, Percevan, horacio.salazar,lorax ,ABVR ,Noisy
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lorax: A very interesting book, but it's a biography, not a book about science.
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1,726 members
27 reviews
4.1
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2,617 members
28 reviews
3.9
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882 members
15 reviews
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lorax, ABVR, stretch, indigorising
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ABVR: A masterpiece of geological explanation, in prose with the beautiful simplicity of Shaker cabinetry.
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1,676 members
45 reviews
½ 3.6
5 Members
ABVR, daschaich, smcwl, indigorising, horacio.salazar
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horacio.salazar: A wonderful tour, told in a marvelous style. Great book!
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1,535 members
13 reviews
4.2
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479 members
11 reviews
3.8
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3,569 members
159 reviews
4.2
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1,934 members
34 reviews
3.9
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10,737 members
119 reviews
½ 4.3
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1,595 members
18 reviews
3.9
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773 members
36 reviews
4.1
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1,310 members
8 reviews
4.1
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1,525 members
31 reviews
½ 4.3
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1,645 members
12 reviews
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50 reviews
½ 3.5
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1,034 members
12 reviews
3.8
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1,519 members
10 reviews
3.9
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14,211 members
119 reviews
4.1
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1,126 members
26 reviews
½ 3.7
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1,177 members
23 reviews
3.8
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257 members
2 reviews
3.8
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1,558 members
15 reviews
4.1
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Edward, smcwl
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891 members
16 reviews
3.8
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1,065 members
14 reviews
3.9
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3,731 members
261 reviews
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ijustgetbored, norabelle414, souloftherose,lorax ,
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lorax : Pop-science books that base their humor on mocking actual scientists don't cut it in my book.
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1,711 members
36 reviews
4.2
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550 members
17 reviews
½ 3.4
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517 members
14 reviews
4
2 Members
seabear, horacio.salazar
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horacio.salazar: A classic. When the event at the end of the Cretaceous was news.
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2,698 members
32 reviews
4.1
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10 reviews
3.9
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3,495 members
52 reviews
½ 4.5
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1,253 members
13 reviews
3.9
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1,263 members
41 reviews
½ 4.3
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4,325 members
74 reviews
4.2
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6,300 members
58 reviews
4.1
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995 members
9 reviews
½ 4.3
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raperper
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777 members
15 reviews
4
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Bretzky1
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367 members
4 reviews
4.1
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hipdeep
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346 members
16 reviews
4.2
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inge87
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267 members
5 reviews
½ 3.6
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Ravic
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203 members
6 reviews
½ 3.4
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EmScape
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bluepiano
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6 members
1 review
5
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seabear
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1,940 members
17 reviews
½ 3.5
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2,075 members
47 reviews
4
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hipdeep
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501 members
11 reviews
3.9
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daschaich
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394 members
2 reviews
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rbott
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102 members
4 reviews
4.2
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seabear
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74 members
2 reviews
4.1
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Bretzky1
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1 review
½ 3.5
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bluepiano
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925 members
11 reviews
3.8
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Ravic
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339 members
2 reviews
½ 3.5
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161 members
3 reviews
½ 4.3
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Bretzky1
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187 members
2 reviews
½ 4.3
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daschaich
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182 members
9 reviews
3.9
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inge87
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133 members
1 review
½ 3.7
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hipdeep
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72 members
4 reviews
½ 3.7
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seabear
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785 members
20 reviews
½ 3.6
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seabear
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1 review
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daschaich
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1,014 members
10 reviews
½ 4.3
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hipdeep
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690 members
4 reviews
½ 3.6
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daschaich
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63 reviews
½ 3.6
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6 reviews
3.9
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seabear
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3.9
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Ravic
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2 reviews
½ 4.5
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hipdeep
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3,709 members
36 reviews
3.9
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seabear
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701 members
26 reviews
3.9
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hipdeep
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28 members
1 review
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ABVR
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ABVR: A good book about the beastie that may or may not inhabit Loch Ness. A great book about science as a way of thinking.
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7 members
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Ravic
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1,189 members
57 reviews
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seabear
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355 members
11 reviews
½ 3.4
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hipdeep
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111 members
5 reviews
½ 3.5
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918 members
34 reviews
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ABVR
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311 members
7 reviews
½ 3.7
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seabear
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106 members
1 review
½ 3.3
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hipdeep
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84 members
2 reviews
½ 4.6
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Ravic
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58 members
1 review
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792 members
48 reviews
½ 3.7
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hipdeep
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766 members
12 reviews
½ 3.5
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ABVR
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63 members
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Ravic