What are the best books about general science?

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    #1A Short History of Nearly Everything

    A Short History of Nearly Everything
    A Short History of Nearly Everything is a popular science book chronicling events from the nothingness before the Big Bang to the present. Complicated concepts are explained in uncomplicated terms, making it suitable for all ages.
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    Juan Antonio Gálvez
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The book is great and I'd highly recommend reading it (especially coupled with a marathon of the Cosmos television series). There aren't too many more really engaging and entertaining reads about general science that I've come across. It's well worth your time. "
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    #2Pale Blue Dot

    Pale Blue Dot

    The author of Contact, Carl Sagan presents probably his most fascinating, memorable and revealing book. This is the sequel of 'Cosmos', where he completes his revolutionary travel through time and space. 

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    Edward Nguyen
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "When delving into the world of science, there is no better starting point than Carl Sagan. Pale Blue Dot is a must read, for anyone in my opinion. It is definitely one of the best books concerning general science, and even without a preexisting interest in science or the environment, etc, this book is a stunning journey that is bound to grab readers of all types by the fingers! I urge anyone on the edge, or who has never even hear of the Pale Blue Dot or Carl Sagan to adventure into this story!"
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    #3Origin Of Species

    Origin Of Species

    Charles Darwin's masterwork where he explains the theory of the evolution of the species through the natural selection. This is one of the most important scientific books ever published.

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    Felipe Aguirre
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This seems to be a classic by a legendary author as well"
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    #4The Universe in a Nutshell

    The Universe in a Nutshell

    In this book by Stephen Hawking, he introduces his ideas to readers Worldwide. 'The Universe in a Nutshell' exposes the secrets of quantum mechanics, M-theory, general relativity, superstrings or the black holes. 

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    #5The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    The Emperor of All Maladies is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddharta Mukherjee. It chronicles the advent of the disease from its first appearance five thousand years ago, up to modern medicine's ongoing battle to cure it.

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    Rose Harper
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I was on my last year being a medical student when I read this book cover to cover. I highly recommend this to those undergoing chemotherapy, health research and any history of cancer. It mainly focuses on how to cure a patient and how to be hopeful. "
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    #6The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth

    The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth

    The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth by John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York is a non-fiction novel originally published in 2010. This book explores the current environmental issues that humanity is facing.

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    Doris Contreras
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "With this book you will learn everything you need to know about the environment and the catastrophe there's going to be in the near future if humanity keeps behaving as it is right now. It is one of the best science books out there and very easy to understand. I highly recommend it!"
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    #7Silent Spring

    Silent Spring
    Silent Spring is a book by biologist Rachel Carson. First published in 1962, it advocates for environmental conservation by raising awareness about the dangers of chemicals to humans, animals, and the environment.
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    #8The Ancestor's Tale

    The Ancestor's Tale
    Richard Dawkins presents with unprecedented clarity and intelligence the World's renowned evolutionary theory, introducing to countless readers to the wonders of science. In 'The Ancestor's Tale' presents a journey through stories of sexual selection speciation and extinction.
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    Anna Lawson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book covers the road that humans have traveled since the beginning. I found that the information provided was quite thorough and interesting. The book does cover some aspects of evolution that fans of science will certainly be interested in. The book may be too focused on humans history, especially if you are looking for more general science that covers a wider range of topics, it is still a good book though. "
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    #9The Greatest Show on Earth

    The Greatest Show on Earth

    This book by Richar Dawkins, the author of The Ancestor's Tale and the iconic work The God Delusion, counterattacks the arguments of the creationists with lots of rich layered scientific arguments.

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    Jack Wells
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "very eye opening book, a must own"
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    #10Wonderful Life

    Wonderful Life

    Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History is a book written by Stephen Jay Gould featuring prehistoric creatures frozen in the Burgess Shale. With over 300 pages, it is published in 1990 by WW Norton & Company.

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    Kyle Richardson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Wonderful Life is a solid book about general science and is sure to motivate and inspire children. This book makes a great solution to the problem. It has over 300 pages."
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    #11Collapse

    Collapse
    Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed is a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Jared Diamond. It investigates the various factors that cause societies to fall apart, such as climate change and rapid population growth.
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    Kathryn Williamson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book is specifically about environmental history. Not a general science book. But it is well-written and worth reading."
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    #12The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance

    The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance
    The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance is a book by written Laurie Garrett. First published in 1994 by Penguin Books under ISBN 0140250913, it tackles the possible dangers of disease outbreaks.
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    Zachary Green
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A critically acclaimed study documents the outbreaks of newly discovered diseases around the globe, such as HIV, Lassa, and Ebola, and explores the social and environmental deterioration that helps to keep such viruses alive. "
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    #13The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a non-fiction book by Rebecca Skloot. It tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were unknowingly taken from her and used in medical research. These cells have outlived her for 60 years.
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    Ishan Shah
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "A really interesting tale about real-life immortality. It's such an interesting topic because it covers so many areas - bioethics, medicine, research, and promising future cures, as well as the consequences of racial discrimination. I couldn't put the book down. I don't know how the movie is like but I'd definitely recommend reading this one if you have even an inkling of interest in biology and bioethics."
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    #14The Code Book

    The Code Book
    The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography is a non-fiction book written by Simon Singh. It was first published in 1999, and it recounts the many ways mankind has been using encryption.
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    Alan Guo
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a history book, but also a book about the science of a technology which is far more complex than I realized. I learned a lot, and even when the subject matter drifted toward the mundane, the author held my interest. I didn't think I'd care much about the subject, but I was quite wrong. "
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    #15The Fabric of the Cosmos

    The Fabric of the Cosmos

    The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality is a non-fiction science book written by Brian Greene, first published in  2003 by Alfred Knopf. It explores the new concepts in physics about the absolutes of space and time.

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    Gabriel Barron
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This fascinating book explains the newest way physician see the universe. It explains space and time without relying too heavily on complex math so that you don't feel like Sheldon on BBT is talking to you. There are some really crazy theories and this book explains them rather well."
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    #16The Disappearing Spoon

    The Disappearing Spoon
    The Disappearing Spoon is a non-fiction science book by Sam Kean, first published in 2010 by Little, Brown and Company. It explores the history of the periodic table of elements and the people who contributed to chemistry.
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    Gary White
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This may not be the most in-depth scientific book but I think members of the science community will still enjoy this. The Disappearing Spoon is really for the general public and it is an engaging and a highly informative book on science."
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    #17The Demon-Haunted World

    The Demon-Haunted World

    The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark is a 1995 non-fiction book written by the renowned astrophysicist, Carl Sagan. It calls for the continued advancement of science through the development of critical thinking.

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    Rebecca Collins
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The Demon-Haunted World; Science as a Candle in the Dark is a 1995 non-fiction book written by the renowned astrophysicist, Carl Sagan."
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    #18The Dragons of Eden

    The Dragons of Eden

    The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence is a non-fiction book written by Dr. Carl Sagan. Originally published in 1977, it won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1978.

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    Teresa Payne
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The brilliant Dr. Carl Sagan really did all young scientists a favor when he decided to write this book. It is a fantastic read for eager minds that want to explore different areas of science, focusing on how the mind works. He lets his readers know that he doesn't necessarily specialize in this area, but has a very good knowledge, as well as gives readers a look inside his magnificent mind. He also explains in ways that one doesn't need to be a genius to understand."
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    #19Billions & Billions

    Billions & Billions
    Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium is a non-fiction novel by renowned astrophysicist, Dr. Carl Sagan. It is the last book Sagan wrote, published posthumously in 1997.
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    Paul Holland
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This solution is perfect for those interested in the wonders of science. Not recommended for those who are just beginning to cultivate their interest in general science, Billions & Billions attempts to scratch the surface of what all of mankind's research on science tells us about our own experience of life"

Summary

Best What are the best books about general science
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1A Short History of Nearly EverythingBooks 45 Paid
2Pale Blue DotBooks 40 Paid
3Origin Of SpeciesBooks 38 Paid
4The Universe in a NutshellBooks 36 Paid
5The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of CancerBooks 35 Paid
6The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the EarthBooks 32 Paid
7Silent SpringBooks 31 Paid
8The Ancestor's TaleBooks 29 Paid
9The Greatest Show on EarthBooks 27 Paid
10Wonderful LifeBooks 25 Paid
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