Pop-sci book meme

Popular-science books at Cocktail Party Physics:

  • Micrographia, Robert Hooke
  • The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin
  • Never at Rest, Richard Westfall
  • Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman, Richard Feynman
  • Tesla: Man Out of Time, Margaret Cheney
  • The Devil’s Doctor, Philip Ball
  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
  • Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos, Dennis Overbye
  • Physics for Entertainment, Yakov Perelman
  • 1-2-3 Infinity, George Gamow
  • The Elegant Universe, Brian Greene
  • Warmth Disperses, Time Passes, Hans Christian von Bayer
  • Alice in Quantumland, Robert Gilmore
  • Where Does the Weirdness Go? David Lindley
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
  • A Force of Nature, Richard Rhodes
  • Black Holes and Time Warps, Kip Thorne
  • A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking
  • Universal Foam, Sidney Perkowitz
  • Vermeer’s Camera, Philip Steadman
  • The Code Book, Simon Singh
  • The Elements of Murder, John Emsley
  • Soul Made Flesh, Carl Zimmer* on hand, in progress
  • Time’s Arrow, Martin Amis
  • The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments, George Johnson
  • Einstein’s Dreams, Alan Lightman
  • Godel, Escher, Bach, Douglas Hofstadter
  • The Curious Life of Robert Hooke, Lisa Jardine
  • A Matter of Degrees, Gino Segre
  • The Physics of Star Trek, Lawrence Krauss
  • E=mc2, David Bodanis
  • Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea, Charles Seife
  • Absolute Zero: The Conquest of Cold, Tom Shachtman
  • A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, Janna Levin
  • Warped Passages, Lisa Randall
  • Apollo’s Fire, Michael Sims
  • Flatland, Edwin Abbott
  • Fermat’s Last Theorem, Amir Aczel
  • Stiff, Mary Roach
  • Astroturf, M.G. Lord
  • The Periodic Table, Primo Levi
  • Longitude, Dava Sobel
  • The First Three Minutes, Steven Weinberg
  • The Mummy Congress, Heather Pringle
  • The Accelerating Universe, Mario Livio
  • Math and the Mona Lisa, Bulent Atalay
  • This is Your Brain on Music, Daniel Levitin
  • The Executioner’s Current, Richard Moran
  • Krakatoa, Simon Winchester (badly needs an editor to trim it)
  • Pythagorus’ Trousers, Margaret Wertheim
  • The Physics of Superheroes, James Kakalios
  • The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump, Sandra Hempel
  • Another Day in the Frontal Lobe, Katrina Firlik
  • Einstein’s Clocks and Poincare’s Maps, Peter Galison
  • The Demon-Haunted World, Carl Sagan
  • The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins
  • The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker
  • An Instance of the Fingerpost, Iain Pears
  • Consilience, E.O. Wilson
  • Wonderful Life, Stephen J. Gould
  • Teaching a Stone to Talk, Annie Dillard
  • Fire in the Brain, Ronald K. Siegel
  • The Lives of a Cell, Lewis Thomas
  • Coming of Age in the Milky Way, Timothy Ferris
  • Storm World, Chris Mooney
  • The Carbon Age, Eric Roston
  • The Black Hole Wars, Leonard Susskind
  • Copenhagen, Michael Frayn
  • From the Earth to the Moon, Jules Verne
  • Gut Symmetries, Jeanette Winterson
  • Chaos, James Gleick
  • Innumeracy, John Allen Paulos
  • The Physics of NASCAR, Diandra Leslie-Pelecky
  • Subtle is the Lord, Abraham Pais

More added by PZ Myers:

  • The Ascent of Man, Jacob Bronowski
  • Basin and Range, John McPhee* intend to read
  • Beak of the Finch, Jonathan Weiner
  • Chance and Necessity, Jacques Monod
  • Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation, Olivia Judson*
  • Endless Forms Most Beautiful, Sean Carroll*
  • Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea, Carl Zimmer
  • Genome, Matt Ridley
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond*
  • It Ain’t Necessarily So, Richard Lewontin
  • On Growth and Form, D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson
  • Phantoms in the Brain, VS Ramachandran
  • The Ancestor’s Tale, Richard Dawkins
  • The Case of the Female Orgasm: Bias in the Science of Evolution, Elisabeth Lloyd
  • The Eighth Day of Creation, Horace Freeland Judson
  • The Great Devonian Controversy, Martin Rudwick
  • The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks
  • The Mismeasure of Man, Stephen Jay Gould
  • The Triple Helix: Gene, Organism, and Environment, Richard Lewontin
  • Time, Love, Memory, Jonathan Weiner
  • Voyaging and The Power of Place, Janet Browne
  • Woman: An Intimate Geography, Natalie Angier* part of Mount To-Be-Read

Cocktail Party Physics suggested a popular-science book meme and asked bloggers to list some of their favourite books, books they had read, or books they’d like to read.

Others on my list:

  • The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinction, David Quammen* on Mount TBR
  • Connections, by James Burke
  • Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sachs on Mount TBR
  • Rats, Lice and History, by Hans Zinsser
  • Microcosm by Carl Zimmer
  • At the Water’s Edge: Fish with Fingers, Whales with Legs by Carl Zimmer
  • The Hot Zone, Richard Preston
  • Microbe Hunters, Paul de Kruif
  • The Dinosaur Heresies, by Robert T. Bakker* would like to read
  • Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
  • 1-2-3 Infinity, George Gamow
  • Hot-blooded Dinosaurs
  • Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World Of Nature’s Most Dangerous Creatures by Carl Zimmer
  • In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall
  • The Demon-Haunted World, Carl Sagan
  • The Dragons of Eden, Carl Sagan
  • The Third Chimpanzee, Jared Diamond
  • The Double Helix, James Watson
  • Rosalind Franklin and DNA
  • Darwin’s Ghost: “The Origin of Species” Updated by Steve Jones*
  • Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud by Robert L. Park
  • Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science by Martin Gardner
  • The Youngest Science: Notes of a Medicine-Watcher by Lewis Thomas
  • Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Stephen Jay Gould
  • The Medusa and the Snail: More Notes of a Biology Watcher by Lewis Thomas
  • Dinosaur in a Haystack: Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould
  • The Velvet Claw: A Natural History of the Carnivores by David Macdonald
  • Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould
  • The Panda’s Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould
  • Hen’s Teeth and Horse’s Toes: Further Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould
  • Stars, Men and Atoms by Heinz Haber
  • The Flamingo’s Smile: Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould
  • An Urchin in the Storm: Essays about Books and Ideas by Stephen Jay Gould
  • On Aggression by Konrad Lorenz, translated by Marjorie Kerr Wilson
  • The Fragile Species by Lewis Thomas
  • Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler’s Ninth Symphony by Lewis Thomas
  • Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould
  • Jacobson’s Organ and the Remarkable Nature of Smell by Lyall Watson
  • Darwin for Beginners by Jonathan Miller, Borin Van Loon
  • The Dawn of Life by J. H. Rush
  • Inside the Nucleus by Irving Adler, illustrated by Ruth Adler (Signet Science Library)
  • African Genesis: The Animal Origins and Nature of Man by Robert Ardrey
  • The Territorial Imperative: A Personal Inquiry into the Animal Origins of Property and Nations by Robert Ardrey
  • Here Am I—Where Are You? The Behavior of the Greylag Goose by Konrad Lorenz
  • Why We Run: A Natural History by Bernd Heinrich
  • King Solomon’s Ring by Konrad Lorenz; Marjorie Kerr Wilson (tr.)
  • Diseases and the course of History (or some such)
  • Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea by Carl Zimmer
  • The Best American Science Writing (whole series recommended)
  • The Best American Science and Nature Writing (whole series recommended)
  • The Marine Biology Coloring Book by Thomas M. Niesen; Wynn Kapit (ill.) (and other informative coloring books)
  • Seeing Voices by Oliver Sacks
  • An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales by Oliver Sacks
  • A Leg to Stand On by Oliver Sacks
  • I Have Landed: The End of a Beginning in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould
  • The Living Clocks by Ritchie R. Ward
  • Powers of Ten by Philip Morrison, Phylis Morrison, Charles & Ray Eames
  • The Island of the Colorblind: and Cycad Island by Oliver W. Sacks
  • Newton’s Madness: Further Tales of Clinical Neurology by Harold L. Klawans
  • The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness by Antonio R. Damasio
  • The Seashell on the Mountaintop: …A New History of the Earth by Alan Cutler
  • Dead Men Do Tell Tales: Strange and Fascinating Cases (forensic science) by William R. Maples
  • Toronto Rocks: The Geological Legacy of the Toronto Region by Nick Eyles
  • The Intelligent Man’s Guide to the Physical Sciences, Isaac Asimov
  • The Intelligent Man’s Guide to the Biological Sciences, Isaac Asimov
  • From Earth to Heaven, Isaac Asimov
  • The Stars in Their Courses, Isaac Asimov
  • Of Matters Great and Small, Isaac Asimov
  • The Left Hand of the Electron, Isaac Asimov
  • Chemicals of Life, Isaac Asimov
  • The World of Carbon, Isaac Asimov
  • Inside the Atom, Isaac Asimov
  • other science books by Isaac Asimov
  • Newton’s Tyranny: The Suppressed Scientific Discoveries of Stephen Gray and John Flamsteed by David Clark
  • The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man’s Changing Vision of the Universe by Arthur Koestler
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
  • The Ice Finders: How a Poet, a Professor, and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age by Edmund Blair Bolles
  • Chasing Science: Science as Spectator Sport by Frederik Pohl
  • Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel the Way You Do by Candace B. Pert
  • After Man: A Zoology of the Future by Dougal Dixon
  • Of Moths and Men: An Evolutionary Tale by Judith Hooper (in progress)
  • The John McPhee Reader
  • The Miner’s Canary: Unravelling the Mysteries of Extinction by Niles Eldredge
  • Darwin’s Century: Evolution and the Men Who Discovered It by Loren Eiseley
  • The Whole Hog by Lyall Watson
  • At the Water’s Edge: Fish with Fingers, Whales with Legs by Carl Zimmer
  • How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff
  • Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer
  • Origins Reconsidered: In Search of What Makes Us Human by Richard Leakey, Roger Lewin
  • Acquiring Genomes: A Theory of the Origins of Species by y Lynn Margulis, Dorion Sagan
  • The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions by David Quammen
  • The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman
  • Winston Churchill’s Afternoon Nap: A Wide-awake Inquiry into the Human Nature of Time by Jeremy Campbell
  • The Living Clocks by Ritchie R. Ward
  • Why Do Buses Come in Threes? The Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life by Rob Eastaway, Jeremy Wyndham
  • Turn Signals Are the Facial Expressions of Automobiles by Donald A. Norman
  • The First Chimpanzee: In Search of Human Origins by John Gribbin, Jeremy Cherfas
  • Gaining Ground by Jennifer Clack
  • Unweaving the Rainbow by Richard Dawkins
  • Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches
  • The Evolution of Man (or some such)
  • Visions of Caliban: On Chimpanzees and People by Dale Peterson and Jane Goodall
  • Darwin by Philip Appleman
  • Superstrings: A Theory of Everything? edited by Paul C. W. Davies & J. Brown
  • Non-Human Thought by Jacques Graven
  • Broca’s Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science by Carl Sagan
  • The Science of Everyday Life by Jay Ingram
  • The Barmaid’s Brain: And Other Strange Tales from Science by Jay Ingram
  • The Burning House: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Brain by Jay Ingram
  • Talk Talk Talk: Decoding the Mysteries of Speech by Jay Ingram
  • Origins Reconsidered: In Search of What Makes Us Human, by Richard Leakey, Roger Lewin (in progress)
  • Words of Science: and the History Behind Them by Isaac Asimov
  • The Identity of Man by Jacob Bronowski
  • The Best American Science Writing 2003, edited by Oliver Sacks
  • Mosquito: The Story of Man’s Deadliest Foe by Andrew Spielman, Michael D’Antonio
  • The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2003, edited by Richard Dawkins, Tim Folger; contributors Sacks, Loftus, Angier &c
  • Red Giants and White Dwarfs by Robert Jastrow
  • Why Do Buses Come in Threes? The Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life, by Rob Eastaway, Jeremy Wyndham
  • Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic by Gina Kolata
  • To see what everyone has seen and think what no one has thought by Lister Sinclair
  • Dead Men Do Tell Tales: Strange and Fascinating Cases by William R. Maples
  • Beyond Numeracy by John Allen Paulos
  • The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski
  • The Mind of the Dolphin: A Nonhuman Intelligence by John Cunningham Lilly, M.D.
  • Search for a Living Fossil: The Story of the Coelacanth by Eleanor Clymer
  • Coming of Age in the Milky Way by Timothy Ferris
  • The Hominid Gang: Behind the Scenes in the Search for Human Origins by Delta Willis
  • Liars, Lovers, and Heroes: What the New Brain Science Reveals… by Stephen R. Quartz
  • Galileo’s Commandment: Anthology of Great Science Writing by Edmund Blair Bolles (ed.)
  • The Best American Science Writing 2004, edited by Dava Sobel
  • Evolution’s Captain: The Dark Fate of the Man Who Sailed Charles Darwin Around the World by Peter Nichols
  • The Best American Science Writing 2005, edited by Alan Lightman, Jesse Cohen
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Second edition, enlarged) by Thomas S. Kuhn
  • The Woman with a Worm in Her Head and Other True Stories of Infectious Disease by Pamela Nagami
  • Erect Men, Undulating Women: The Visual Imagery of Gender, Race, & Progress by Melanie G. Wiber
    The Best American Science Writing 2007
    , edited by Gina Kolata
  • Man and Animal by Heinz Freidrich
  • Evolution for Everyone by David Sloan Wilson
  • Richard Dawkins: How a Scientist Changed the Way We Think by Grafen, Ridley
  • Scientists Confront Creationism by Andrew J. Petto, Laurie R. Godfrey
  • Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell
  • Red Wolves and Black Bears by Edward Hoagland

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