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Science with Joe Hanson
The biologist and mastermind behind PBS's It's Okay To Be Smart's picks on evolution and more
20 books | Curated by Joe Hanson
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A Brief History of Time
Stephen Hawking

A Brief History of Time takes a look at both the history of scientific theory and the ideas that form our understanding of the universe today. From big bangs and black holes to the smallest particles in the universe, Hawking offers a clear overview of both the history o...

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In Pursuit of the Unknown
Ian Stewart

In this book, Ian Stewart focuses on 17 famous equations in mathematics and physics history, highlighting their impact on society. Stewart gives a brief history of the wonders of scientific discovery, and peppers it with vivid examples and anecdotes.

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A Universe from Nothing
Lawrence M. Krauss

Krauss describes the new scientific theories and observations that demonstrate how the universe could have spontaneously arisen from nothing. He makes the case that this is not only plausible, but inevitable. Krauss presents evidence to show how the universe began and evolved, a...

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The Particle at the End of the Universe
Sean Carroll

The Particle at the End of the Universe gives you a crash course in particle physics by explaining the basics of what has become known as the “standard model.” The book also details the fascinating and excit...

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The Violinist’s Thumb
Sam Kean

The Violinist’s Thumb is an exploration into DNA, the double-helix of life itself. The following blinks chronicle the scientific discoveries that led us to understand DNA and the major role it’s played in the emergence of life on earth.

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Parasite Rex
Carl Zimmer

Parasite Rex offers an up-close-and-personal look at the fascinating and often misunderstood world of parasites. By introducing you to some of the great discoveries in parasitology, you’ll discover that parasites aren’t only important parts of our delicate ecos...

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Spillover
David Quammen

Spillover takes a look at where the world’s most deadly diseases come from, explaining how humanity is at risk from viruses and bacteria hiding in animal populations. It also shows that the closer we get to the natural habitats of wild animals, the greater our risk of c...

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The Emperor of All Maladies
Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Emperor of All Maladies is an informative look at the deadly disease that has affected millions. Cancer is one of the greatest challenges facing medical science today, and this book gives us a rare opportunity to learn about every aspect of it – its causes, its asto...

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Zoobiquity
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers

Zoobiquity describes the intimate similarities between humans and other animals by examining topics such as sexuality, health and psychological development. It illustrates how we, as humans, could have much to gain by increasing our understanding of the animals we share...

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The Selfish Gene
Richard Dawkins

The Selfish Gene is a landmark 1976 work in the field of biology: It puts the gene at the center of the process of evolution and explains how, when this is taken into account, genes must be seen as “selfish.” Author Richard Dawkins then uses this theory of gene...

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You Are Not So Smart
David McRaney

You Are Not So Smart explores the many different ways we have of deluding ourselves. By delving into a wide range of psychological research, the author challenges the notion that we are logical, rational beings who see the world as it really is and makes a case that we ...

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Ignorance
Stuart Firestein

Ignorance investigates the strengths and weaknesses of the scientific method and reveals the importance of asking the right questions over the discovery of simple facts. Using real-life examples from history, Ignorance shows that it is our awareness of what we ...

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A Short History of Nearly Everything
Bill Bryson

A Short History of Nearly Everything offers an enlightening summary of contemporary scientific thinking relating to all aspects of life, from the creation of the universe to our relationship with the tiniest of bacteria.

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The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of a poor tobacco farmer who died from cervical cancer, and her cell strand, HeLa, which scientists used to develop a cure for polio and other diseases. In a fascinating and reveali...

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The Poisoner’s Handbook
Deborah Blum

The Poisoner’s Handbook details the work of New York City’s first scientifically trained medical examiner, Charles Norris, and his partner, Alexander Gettler, the city’s first toxicologist. It offers an insider’s view of how forensic science really works by walking read...

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The Panda’s Thumb
Stephen Jay Gould

The Panda's Thumb is a collection of 31 captivating essays by the esteemed scientist Stephen Jay Gould. These essays focus on the process of evolution, some dealing with the mechanisms of natural selection and others venturing into the fascinating history of biology as ...

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The Greatest Show on Earth
Richard Dawkins

The Greatest Show on Earth (2009) tackles the arguments made by the creationists who deny that evolution is a scientific fact, and shows their criticisms to be false.

Richard Dawkins provides the evidence that explains how the wide variety of life on Ear...

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Hallucinations
Oliver Sacks

This book explores the complex realm of hallucinations, and explains how they happen not only to people who are ill, but also to those who are completely healthy. Drawing on various studies, patient cases and the author’s own experiences, it describes the different causes and ty...

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Hallucinations
Oliver Sacks

This book explores the complex realm of hallucinations, and explains how they happen not only to people who are ill, but also to those who are completely healthy. Drawing on various studies, patient cases and the author’s own experiences, it describes the different causes and ty...

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Incognito
David Eagleman

Unbeknownst to you, a subconscious part of your brain is constantly whirring away and wielding a tremendous influence on your thoughts, feelings and behavior. Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain (2011) is your guide to the other side of your brain, and how it shape...

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