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Share Shares 24K A great popular science book needs to strike a balance between being accessible and entertaining to the general public, whilst being informative enough to satisfy the most inquisitive minds.
When an author is successful in doing this, great popular science books are born. To ensure some diversity I have only included one entry per author and excluded books mentioned in other lists. Though most of these are best-sellers this is clearly a subjective list and I would love to hear your thoughts on what could be included in a follow-up list.
The list is in no particular order. He is well-known by the general public for his extensive work in theoretical physics, cosmology and unfortunately his debilitating battle with motor neuron disease.
The book — like its predecessor — reads like a biography of the universe, and is a great introduction to the world of physics.
The Sunday Times sum it up best: Best science writers 2012 chevy A-Z Guide to the Elements. A chemist and doctor of science turned full-time writer, Emsley is responsible for many popular science books. The book serves as a detailed and interesting essay on each element, much like and expanded and entertaining version of the periodic table.
Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries.
Tyson is a very charismatic, enthusiastic and entertaining fellow and that is very prominent in his works and media appearances. His book Death by Black Hole is no exception.
In it he explores everything from the destructive nature of black holes to the gaffes made in science fiction films. His humorous nature and enthusiasm make this book a very enjoyable read.
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. Evolutionary biologist and prominent atheist Richard Dawkins goes to great lengths providing evidence for evolution in The Greatest Show on Earth. If not, then be prepared for a passionate, thorough, witty and depending on your views, perhaps even controversial look at the origin of our species.
Also be sure to read the subplots that are in the footnotes for interesting side notes on the main content of the book.
Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist, one of the founders of string theory and a well-known popularizer of science through books, radio, television and film.
In Hyperspace, Kaku looks at string theories proposal of 10 dimensional space time and makes the complex subject approachable by using it to ponder the possibility of time travel and multiple universes.
It is a must read for anyone interested in theoretical physics without being lost in the complexity of the equations involved. Another physicist and philosopher there seems to be a trend hereKumar had written scientific papers for journals, newspapers and co-written popular science books before venturing into his own book, Quantum.
The draw of this book is how the great minds of physics went head to head in a battle of the brains around what theory they believed was right. The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters.
Matt Ridley is a science journalist and author. He is best known for his books on genetics, evolution and looking at human behavior from an evolutionary viewpoint. Genome has one chapter for every pair of human chromosomes, thus using the book itself as a metaphor for the human body.
Each chapter looks at a different pair of chromosomes and Ridley picks a gene from each to discuss throughout the chapter. Genome is a great book to gain knowledge on genetics in an accessible and entertaining way.
A Universe from Nothing: Lawrence Krauss is a theoretical physicist known for his work on dark matter and for publishing several popular science books. Sagan played a significant role in choosing the contents of the voyager golden record which is currently on-board the voyager spacecraft, soon to be the first man-made object to enter inter-stellar space.A voyage of discovery: how the best science writers keep you enthralled Rather than being laden from the outset with jargon, good writing will draw readers in and reward them for their attention.
The aforementioned (brilliant) writers are responsible for some of the best science-fiction novels and series of all time - but other sci-fi writers like Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit ), Mary Shelley (Frankenstein), Robert Louis Stevenson (The Strange Case of Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), and Aldous Huxley (Brave New World) are excellent sci-fi writers as well. Much of Kaku’s work focuses on the hypothetical future of Earth and of science, making predictions about humanities future and the future of the universe. His bestseller, Hyperspace was voted one of the best science books of and it’s easy to see why.
Edited by Michio Kaku, cofounder of string field theory, theoretical physicist, and New York Times bestselling author, The Best American Science Writing is the latest .
Once you've covered the gamut of science books for the general public of all the authors you've listed above, you'll have skimmed the surface of a great many things. Sat Dec 22, am 91 comments 1 Favorite [+] Locus Magazine asked their readers to rank their favorite novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories of the 20th and 21st century.