Monday, October 10, 2016

ListMuse's 100 Best Science Books of All Time

Stumbled (using, go figure, Stumble Upon) across this list of The 100 Best Science Books of All Time...good list, so here’s the first 25:

  1. The Origin of the Species – Charles Darwin
  2. QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter – Richard Feynman
  3. On Growth and Form – D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson
  4. Ideas and Opinions – Albert Einstein
  5. Double Helix – James D. Watson
  6. Lives of a Cell – Lewis Thomas
  7. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions – Thomas Kuhn
  8. Knowledge and Wonder: Natural World as Man Knows It – Victor Weisskopf
  9. What Evolution Is – Ernst Mayr
  10. The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies – E.O. Wilson
  11. The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins
  12. To Explain The World: The Discovery of Modern Science – Steven Weinberg
  13. The Music of Life: Biology Beyond Genes – Denis Noble
  14. A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
  15. Godel, Escher, Bach – Douglas Hofstadter
  16. King Solomon’s Ring – Konrad Lorenz
  17. What is Life? – Erwin Schrodinger
  18. The Making of the Atomic Bomb – Richard Rhodes
  19. The Elegant Universe – Brian Greene
  20. Atkins’ Molecules – Peter Atkins
  21. Silent Spring – Rachel Carson
  22. Against Method – Paul Feyerabend
  23. Coming of Age in the Milky Way – Timothy Ferris
  24. Wonderful Life – Steven Jay Gould
  25. The Realm of the Nebulae – Edwin Hubble

If this kind of stuff turns your crank…check out the other 75, with such cool titles as Cosmos by Carl Sagan (say what you want, Cosmos is the bestselling science book EVER published in the English language), Chaos by James Gleick, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks (I love, love love Oliver Sacks – saddened when he passed recently),  and The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee (one of my heroes and perhaps the most important Pulitzer Prize winning books I can ever recommend to anyone).