What are the best science books non fiction only?

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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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    Debra Tucker
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book covers many different ideas, many of which man has yet to figure out. I found the book was quite interesting with this large amount of information, you will likely find something that you'll want to explore even further. I thought that the author did a great job of covering both old and new subjects, the book is well written, you can see the amount of effort put in by the author. If you're into science, I would highly recommend checking this book out, you'll most certainly learn something new. "
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    #2The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

    The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

    The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston discusses how the life-threatening Ebola outbreak has started and how it affects human beings. This book also raises awareness about the frightening virus. 

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    Jeremy Mason
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "Fascinating read! I knew nothing about Ebola's origins. Very well written and really sucks you in. Great book for any situation."
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    #3Pale 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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    Lisa George
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "Pale Blue Dot is about how insignificant Earth is. It is meant to take away meaning from our existence. Sagan is a member of the tribe, if you know what I mean."
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    #4The 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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    Barbara George
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "This is a great book about evolution and selection. Dawkin's forays through it all - gene selection, sexual selection, tectonic plates and geography. Those all come together for how our world has developed, and everyone should take some time to dive into this interesting tale of our Ancestor's. "
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    #5Blind Watchmaker

    Blind Watchmaker

    The world-wide acclaimed work by Richard Dawkins about the evolution written since The Origin of Species offers an accessible perspective to one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all times. 

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    Richard Martin
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I really respect Mr. Dawkins for all of his work in the field of zoology. That being said, this book is not completely non fiction as some of the ideas presented here by Mr. Dawkins are based highly from his own speculation. Although speculation from Mr. Dawkins may be of more validity than others I still found it to be a bit of a stretch at some points. Overall I enjoy this work for what it is. "
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    #6The 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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    Richard McDonald
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "This work by the recently deceased Stephen Hawking does a really nice job finding a niche between pop science and more technical concepts. It's a very nice resource for helping the layperson understand some concepts that can be extremely abstract and would otherwise require intense scientific education. It's really a very good lesson in how to tailor scientific communication to the average person, something that's definitely needed in this day and age."
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    #7The 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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    Lucía Carbajal
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "If you are looking for a non-fiction science book, The Greatest Show on Earth by Richar Dawkins provides you with a good time. This book is about creationism and the arguments against it with a ton of scientific arguments. If that idea seems interesting to you personally, you will have a great time with this book. "
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    #8Origin 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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    Karen Cunningham
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Everyone should pick up this book and give it a shot. If you want a good science book this is definitely one book that needs to be read. "
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    #9Cosmos

    Cosmos

    Cosmos written by the scientist Carl Sagan is one of the best-selling nonfiction books of all time. Cosmos, a beautiful book, with numerous illustrations, it is based on the TV Show with the same name.

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    Olivia Carter
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Carl Sagan's Cosmos will blow your mind in that really enjoyable way only big thinking can. But the best part is his writing makes these huge concepts so easy to understand for the layman. If you want to know more about your universe, pick this up."
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    #10A Brief History Of Time

    A Brief History Of Time

    A Brief History Of Time by Stephen Hawking is an acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world's greatest thinkers. It remains a staple of the scientific canon, and its clear language continues to introduce millions to the universe and its wonders. 

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    Russell Williamson
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "It does talk a lot about the history of this genre, and it does have a historic author"
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    #11My Mommy Has Multiple Sclerosis

    My Mommy Has Multiple Sclerosis

    My Mommy Has Multiple Sclerosis: Gail The Giraffe's Story by Rebecca Clary is a book for children that was published in September 2013. This book is an introduction to Multiple Sclerosis to kids featuring a giraffe named Gail.

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    Brian Carter
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "While this is a decent book for explaining the specifics of MS to children, I wouldn't consider it entirely nonfiction. While the health condition is real, the characters in this story are not."
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    #12Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination, and the Birth of a World

    Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination, and the Birth of a World

    Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination, and the Birth of a World is from acclaimed science writer Oliver Morton. It introduces to human readers the heroic landscapes of Mars, providing a new world to the human imagination.

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    Dorothy Austin
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "I bought this book for my husbands birthday, he is a science nerd! He read this book within a couple of days. He only likes non fiction science books, and this book delivers. The book is filled with the most interesting facts to keep you hooked from page 1."
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    #13Wonderful 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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    Christopher Alexander
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Stephen Jay Gould is a well-known biologist and a great popularizer of evolutionary theory. He has been in the public consciounsess for a while and has contributed to scientific scholarship in serious ways. "
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    #14Almost Astronauts

    Almost Astronauts
    Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream is a nonfiction historical science book written by Tanya Lee Stone. This nonfiction historical book was published on February 24, 2009 by Candlewick Press.
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    Arjun Dutta
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "If you're someone like me who has a strong love of astronomy and science in general, and you're looking for some moving and inspirational tales of women in a primarily male-dominated field, then you absolute must check out Almost Astronauts. As the subtitle suggests, it details the stories of 13 different women and their struggles with sexist beliefs and attitudes towards how fit or unfit they were to become astronauts and serve alongside men in space. The age recommendation says "10 and up", but I do believe that anyone of any age would and should appreciate this book."
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    #15Wednesday Is Indigo Blue

    Wednesday Is Indigo Blue

    Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia is a non-fiction psychology book written by Richard E. Cytowic and David Eagleman. It is published in 2009 by The MIT Press. 

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    Christina Castro
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "If you are into psychological neurological perceptions than this book is for you. It explores the phenomenon of synesthesia. I wanted to read it to find out exactly what synesthesia was. It is very well written and so easy to read. I found out so much about synesthesia that I now have a much better understanding of it. A great book written by two doctors who know what they are talking about. One of the best non fiction science books out there. "
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    #16Primates

    Primates

    Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas is nonfiction science book written by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks. This nonfiction science book was published on June 11, 2013 by First Second.

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    Gary Guerrero
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Primates is a book written about the pioneering work of some of the well known primate scientsts, including Jane Goodall. It consolidates their research and presents it in a clear, well thought out maner that's super interesting"
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    #17Smithsonian Book of Mars

    Smithsonian Book of Mars

    The Smithsonian Book of Mars by former NASA Mars program scientist Joseph Boyce is fully updated with the most recent discoveries on Mars. It offers a journey to the red planet with color plates, black and white photos, charts and maps.

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    Heather Marshall
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Smithsonian Book of Mars is a non fiction science book about discoveries on Mars. This book is for anyone that enjoys outer space and the study of planets. The illustrations are great and colorful."
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    #18The Toaster Oven Mocks Me

    The Toaster Oven Mocks Me

    The Toaster Oven Mocks Me: Living with Synesthesia is a humorous non-fiction memoir written by Steve Margolis. This book was first published in 2015. 

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    Rachel Bryant
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Does your toaster oven make you feel shamefully inadequate with his lofty ideals and Jeffersonian views of the world? Is the letter Q the wrong shade of yellow? Are you frequently bothered by abstract images and geometric shapes falling from the sky? If so, this book can help. The Toaster Oven Mocks Me is a humorous memoir that chronicles Steve’s discovery, concealment, and eventual acceptance of synesthesia; a peculiar condition where one sense is stimulated, and two senses respond. It’s like a “buy one, get one free” for your senses! But wait, there’s more! Join Steve on his journey and experience the world as he does: Every letter and every number that you see, taking on its own distinct color. Visualizing dates in history and actually seeing a floating, holographic timeline just inches from your nose. And best of all, sensing personality from inanimate objects! But that’s not all! Watch as our charismatic hero conceals his condition for decades using misdirection, clever tactics, and a sense of humor that only a mother could love. Order now and we’ll throw in a mental breakdown at no extra charge! You read that right! You’ll witness the inevitable outcome of hiding one’s individuality for over four decades; and you’ll occupy a front row seat as Steve finally figures out that uniqueness is something to be celebrated. "
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    #19Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens

    Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens

    Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens: How Synesthetes Color Their Worlds is a non-fiction psychological book written by Patricia Lynne Duffy. It is first published in 2001. 

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    Jean Porter
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Awesome cover and the price is super low. I like this book and the author of it. Interesting story. "
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    #20Predatory Dinosaurs of the World

    Predatory Dinosaurs of the World

    Predatory Dinosaurs of the World: A Complete Illustrated Guide is a science book written by Gregory S. Paul. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 1988 by Simon & Schuster.

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    #21Bomb

    Bomb

    Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon is a nonfiction science book written by Steve Sheinkin. This nonfiction science book was published on September 4, 2012 by Flash Point.

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    Timothy Morales
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "If you are interested in science and history then Bomb is a book that should definitely read. This book covers the arms race to create the first atomic bomb. I had a hard time putting this book down. It is a real page-turner."
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    #22Mars: Making Contact

    Mars: Making Contact
    Mars: Making Contact by Rod Pyle offers unparallel access to NASA's archives. It pays tribute to 50 years of Mars exploration, from the earliest telescopic viewings to the increasingly sophisticated rovers and orbiters of today.
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    Carolyn Little
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Great historical book about Mars exploration and the journey we have been on to get there. This makes a wonderful gift and/or coffee table book."
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    #23Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

    Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

    Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman is a science novel originally published in May 2011. This nonfiction book was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Nonfiction.

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    Karen Soto
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "What a secret! Incognitio: The Secret Lives of the Brain is the absolute best science books non fiction only. This is genuinely a novel book which digs deep to pick your brain about the hidden secrets in your brain! I learned a lot about what's going on in my brain and truly loved it."
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    #24Mars: A New View of the Red Planet

    Mars: A New View of the Red Planet

    Mars: A New View of the Red Planet is part of a series that takes readers on an imaginary journey through the solar system. It covers Mars' position in the system, its origin, composition and geology, and discoverers.

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    Betty Alexander
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This is a good book for people interested in learning about Mars. I learned a lot of new things. It's really packed with information."
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    #25The Gilded Dinosaur

    The Gilded Dinosaur

    The Gilded Dinosaur: The Fossil War Between E.D. Cope and O.C. Marsh and the Rise of American Science is written by Mark Jaffe. With over 400 pages, this book is published on 2000 by Crown.

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    Vishal Subramanium
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "meets topic with pretty good reviews but not the best"
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    #26Universe in Your Pocket: 3,999 Essential Facts

    Universe in Your Pocket: 3,999 Essential Facts

    Universe in Your Pocket: 3,999 Essential Facts is a reference and nonfiction Science book written by Joel Levy that offers general knowledge on the universe, solar system, human body, and many more.

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    Walter Mason
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Universe in Your Pocket is a science book only in the dictionary sense of the term. It's wholly uninteresting and teaches the reader nothing whatsoever about science by reciting plain facts without context."
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    #27The Theory That Would Not Die

    The Theory That Would Not Die

    The Theory That Would Not Die is a science non-fiction book written by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne. This historical book is published in 2011 by Yale University Press.

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    Adam Howard
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book is good. It teaches you things you had no idea even existed."
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    #28Mission Mars: India's Quest for the Red Planet (SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology)

    Mission Mars: India's Quest for the Red Planet (SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology)

    Ajey Lele's Mission Mars: India's Quest for the Red Planet is divided into 2 parts: Mars missions' science and politics and India's Mars Mission. Its objective is to find an answer to the rationale behind the human quest for the explorations.

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    Gerald Evans
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "This gives a really good overall understanding of what is happening with regards to trying to travel to Mars. I wouldn't call it the best, but I did enjoy it. If you are curious about what goes into a mission to Mars, the commitment, money, and time for developing a program, you will like it. "
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    #29Why Darwin Matters

    Why Darwin Matters
    Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design is a book by an ex-creationist Michael Shermer that argues that creationists have flaws in their "Intelligence Design" ideology. It was originally published by Times Books in April 2007.
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    Arjun Chattopadhyay
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "When my science professor told us we had to read Why Darwin Matters I wasn't too excited. But after reading half of it I can't put it down. It's a great read!"
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    #30Dinosaur Art

    Dinosaur Art

    Dinosaur Art: The World's Greatest Paleoart is a science book on dinosaurs with Steve White for the editting, Philip J. Currie for the Foreword, and Scott D. Sampson for the Introduction. Published in 2012 by Titan Books.

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    Dorothy Wallace
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Another fantastic book for learning about science. Gets you drawn right in to it and marvels you with tales from the earth's past through digging."
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    #31Physical Chemistry: Understanding Our Chemical World

    Physical Chemistry: Understanding Our Chemical World
    Physical Chemistry: Understanding Our Chemical World is a nonfiction science reference book about physical chemistry written by M.S. Monk. With over 600 pages, this book is published in 2004 by Wiley.
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    Jose Fuller
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Very nice book that helps you understand the vast number of chemicals in the world. Gives some really good chemistry information."
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    #32Cases in Intelligence Analysis

    Cases in Intelligence Analysis
    Cases in Intelligence Analysis: Structured Analytic Techniques in Action is a technological book written by Sarah Miller Beebe and Randolph H. Pherson. It is published in 2011 by CQ Press. 
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    Harry Freeman
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "this book contains very important information that no one would like to miss. the author expresses some important information in a very simple way. "
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    #33Origins of Life

    Origins of Life

    Origins of Life: Biblical and Evolutionary Models Face Off is a book by biochemist Fazale Rana and astronomer Hugh Ross that tries to explain the creation of the first living with a scientific model from the Bible.

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    Jenny Gao
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "I read this book because so many people had given it great reviews, but I found that it used complex language and some of the concepts were dishonest or very far fetched. I felt like I was reading fiction because the authors don't provide a lot evidence and instead are providing their own ideas and judgments."
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    #34Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence Analysis

    Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence Analysis

    Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence Analysis is a non-fiction reference book written by Richards J. Heuer Jr. and Randolph H. Pherson. It is published in 2010 by CQ Press. 

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    Joseph Smith
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "There are some books that belong on your bookshelf and some that belong on your desk, this is the one that definitely belongs on your desk. You have to have it nearby and grab it when you are in need of some analytic technique. I would highly give this a 10 because i think there is none like this currently on the market, if there is i probably do not know about it. "
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    #35On Becoming an Alchemist

    On Becoming an Alchemist

    On Becoming an Alchemist: A Guide for the Modern Magician is a book by Catherine MacCoun about the basic principles of alchemy and how any person can apply them to become a modern alchemist.

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    Jose Larson
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "This books presents advice for those who have interest in alchemy. Strightforward information is discussed that can be put to use immediately. Learn about internal and external phenomena and how it affects our daily lives. "
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    #36The Sociopath Next Door

    The Sociopath Next Door

    The Sociopath Next Door is a book about sociopaths written by Harvard psychologist Martha Stout first published in 2005. It contains some of her patients' stories and how to spot sociopaths according to her experience. 

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    Bobby Butler
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I didn't really like this book. It had really good reviews on Amazon so I decided to buy it and give it a go. Well, it wasn't my kind of book. I felt like there is too much assumption in the book. If you don't believe the standard set of college-fed nonsense about the current world then this book is not for you. The author expects that people believe certain things."
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    #37The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

    The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

    From bestselling author Susan Casey comes The Wave, a New York Times Notable Book and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. It's a brilliant portrayal of human beings confronting nature at its most ferocious.

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    Amber Schultz
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I found this book about waves and the surf to be OK. The information about how waves are created and what they do was very interesting. Not for someone who is not a science lover. But the rest of the story never really drew me in."
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    #38Two Sides of the Moon

    Two Sides of the Moon

    Two Sides of the Moon: Our Story of the Cold War Space Race is a nonfiction book by Alexei Leonov and David Scott and their experiences during the Space Race. It has an introduction from Neil Armstrong and Tom Hanks.

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    Elizabeth Barnett
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "An engrossing, fascinating and deeply human story about the Cold War space race and the fight to be the first to the moon, being written by the men who were actually there. David Scoot and Alexei Leonov on the Russian side explain all the trials and tribulations of being on the cutting edge of technology, along with all the fear and paranoia from the cold war era. It's a page turner for sure."
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    #39Creating Born Criminals

    Creating Born Criminals

    Creating Born Criminals is a non-fiction book written by Nicole Rafter. It was first published in 1997 and reprinted in 1998 by University of Illinois Press 025206741X.

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    Ashley Ellis
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Almost a study and how and why people turn to criminal behaviors. Some aspects are barely discussed though."
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    #40Dinosaur in a Haystack

    Dinosaur in a Haystack
    Dinosaur in a Haystack: Reflections in Natural History is the seventh installment of the Reflections in Natural History series written by Stephen Jay Gould. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 1996 by Harmony Books.
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    Kevin Qiu
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I admit that i wasn't expecting much from Dinosaur in a Haystack: Reflections in Natural History. Boy was i wrong, i found myself enjoying the random writings about science and natural history more than expected. "
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    #41The Horned Dinosaurs

    The Horned Dinosaurs
    The Horned Dinosaurs is a science book featuring dinosaurs written by Peter Dodson. This book is about the Triceratops and its relatives, the Ceratopsia. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 1998 by Princeton University Press.
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    Terry Curtis
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I bought this thinking it would be more of a definitive guide with illustrations, but it's a little drab. I would say it's good if you're a book worm studying these things, but from an interesting level and something to get your kids to use isn't exactly useful."
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    #42The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures

    The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
    The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures: The Ultimate Illustrated Reference Guide To More Than 1000 Dinosaurs And Prehistoric Creatures... is written by Dougal Dixon.
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    David Johnson
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I have always enjoyed just about anything relating to dinosaurs, whether it would be books or movies. I cannot help but endorse this one and may even check it out one day!"
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    #43Without Conscience

    Without Conscience
    Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us is a psychological book written by Dr. Robert D. Hare first published in 1993.  This book contains his research on psychopaths.
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    Eric Richardson
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "I like reading science books related to the mind. I find it fascinating to read. This book is well written and delves into the inner workings of the minds of psychopaths. "
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    #44Broca's Brain

    Broca's Brain
    Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science is a non-fiction book by the highly-acclaimed astronomer, Carl Sagan. It is a collection of essays that explore concepts about what awaits mankind in the future.
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    Alexander Valdez
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "If this was a book of fiction, I would enjoy it a lot. It is not though, so a lot of it was harder for me to enjoy, knowing that my belief is quite different than Sagan's. I can see where this book would appeal to his fans though because his typical easy going style continues in this book."
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    #45Atoms and Alchemy

    Atoms and Alchemy
    Atoms and Alchemy: Chymistry and the Experimental Origins of the Scientific Revolutions is a book by historian William R. Newman examining the impact of alchemy throughout the period of scientific revolution.
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    Benjamin Wong
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "The Atoms and Alchemy book is a great hardcopy, but as a kindle e-copy, it lacks the illustrations. I think overall the content of this book is very valuable and useful for the scientific mind, but really, get the hard book."
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    #46Snowball Earth: The Story of the Great Global Catastrophe That Spawned Life as We Know It

    Snowball Earth: The Story of the Great Global Catastrophe That Spawned Life as We Know It

    Snowball Earth: The Story of the Great Global Catastrophe That Spawned Life as We Know It is a nonfiction book about biology written by Gabrielle Walker. This nonfiction book about biology was published on March 18, 2013 by Crown.

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    Manuel Cortés
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "An interesting theory on life's beginnings, which kept me interested throughout and provided much food for thought. History and biology fans will find it intriguing and world builders of various sorts would find it useful, as well. "
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    #47Distilling Knowledge

    Distilling Knowledge

    Distilling Knowledge: Alchemy, Chemistry, and the Scientific Revolution is the book by Bruce T. Moran detailing the relationship of ideas between alchemy and chemistry and its relevance in the development of science.

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    Anthony Woods
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "Distilling Knowledge: Alchemy, Chemistry, and the Scientific Revolution is a good read for anyone interested in history of science or alchemy. I think it's it's an interesting look at the scientific revolution."
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    #48The Varieties of Scientific Experience

    The Varieties of Scientific Experience

    The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God is a non-fiction book written by Carl Sagan. It was published posthumously to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the acclaimed astronomer's death.

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    Roy Barnes
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I think this is actually a horrible answer, to be all and completely honest. The Varieties of Scientific Experience is attempting to combine scientific reason and theological beliefs in one book. That's fine, but you cannot classify a book as non-fiction when combining it with things that cannot be proven or disproven (religion of any sort, for that matter). Just as Sagan can say he does not find enough substantial evidence to support intelligent design by things we do know by science doesn't mean that there ISN'T a supreme being that is capable of BEING the intelligent designer. You are attempting to combine factual with the unknown and say that the "factual" outweighs the unknown, which is false. You cannot rule out what you cannot prove."
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    #49What is Life?: How Chemistry Becomes Biology

    What is Life?: How Chemistry Becomes Biology

    What is Life?: How Chemistry Becomes Biology is a nonfiction book about biology written by Addy Pross. This nonfiction book about biology was published on November 1, 2012 by Oxford University Press, USA.

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    Scott Richards
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I love science book but surprisingly what I love better is science books that are in the non fiction genre. What is better than reading about adventures through the universe like reading about how the atom was found or how DNA came to be found. There is so much interesting scientific history. I think this book does a great job of teaching me about a part of science that I didn't know. "
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    #50The Wisdom of Psychopaths

    The Wisdom of Psychopaths

    The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success is a non-fiction book written by psychologist Kevin Dutton first published in 2012. 

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    Ishan Rangan
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "A amazing book or people in to Wisdom of Psychopaths. "
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    #51The Modern Alchemist

    The Modern Alchemist

    The Modern Alchemist: A Guide to Personal Transformation is a book by Richard and Iona Miller examining the principles of alchemy and its applications, not on material things, but on a deep and personal inner level.

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    Jerry Kelley
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "I am so glad that I found this book. It has changed my life for the better. It is deep and spiritual on a grand level. I plan to get some more copies to give as gifts. "
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    #52What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs

    What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs

    What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs is a nonfiction biological reference book written by Cat Warren.It was published October 1, 2013 by Touchstone.

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    Shaurya Yadav
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs is a nonfiction biological reference book written by Cat Warren.It was published October 1, 2013 by Touchstone."
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    #53The Psychopath Whisperer

    The Psychopath Whisperer
    The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience is a psychological book written by Dr. Kent Kiehl. This research book is about how a psychopath's mind works. 
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    Kenneth Rice
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is a very interesting book written by Dr. Kent Kiehl about a condition known as Psychopath. It details the signs and symptoms of this condition and also tries to seek its origin. The book is very informative and eye opening for me to learn about this condition and ways to detect people who suffer from it. "
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    #54Snakes in Suits

    Snakes in Suits

    Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work is a psychological book written by Dr. Paul Babiak and Dr. Robert D. Hare first published in 2006. This book contains research studies on how to defend yourself from psychopaths. 

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    Rodrigo Huerta
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "What a fascinating read! The psychology behind the information in this book is unique and insightful. I found myself reading through this extremely fast because it is put together in a very engaging way."
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    #55Psychopath Free

    Psychopath Free

    Psychopath Free (Expanded Edition): Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships With Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Other Toxic People is a recovery handbook from psychopaths written by Jackson MacKenzie published in 2013. 

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    William Wheeler
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I believe they are looking for a broad list of good science books. Im not even sure this would be consider one of those bests."
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    #56Happy Accidents

    Happy Accidents

    Happy Accidents is a book by Morton Meyers. This is a book that tells how some historical accidents lead to discovering some important discoveries like penicillin, chemotherapy, and valium. 

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    Ruth Cole
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Incredibly interesting book! If you're at all interested in science or random trivia and need a break from heavier materials, I highly recommend this book. I talk about it to so many people"
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    #57How Real Is Real?

    How Real Is Real?

    How Real is Real by Paul Watzlawick is a psychological and philosophical nonfiction book originally published in 1976 by the Vintage. This science book introduces the readers to different communication theories.

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    Albert Silva
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Very interesting book for those interested in communication. May be a little tough for some readers."
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    #58The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must

    The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must

    The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must by Robert Zubrin and Richard Wagner explains step-by-step how present-day technology can be used to send humans to Mars within a timeframe of ten years.

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    Antonio Camacho
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "It is about the non fiction only"
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    #59Puzzling People

    Puzzling People

    Puzzling People: The Labyrinth of the Psychopath is a scientific research book about psychopaths. The book is written by Thomas Sheridan published in 2011 by Velluminous Press. 

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    Rachel Hanson
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I'm always so intrigued on the topic of psychopaths and what makes them tick. This book researches information on this and presents it in such a profound way to me. This book captivated me and I didn't expect that from a research book."
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    #60Death by Black Hole

    Death by Black Hole

    Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries is a non-fiction science book by the renowned astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. It gives a comprehensive overview of mankind's knowledge on the final frontier: space.

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    Jacob Andrews
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Big fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson, and this is one of his better books in my opinion. I find the topic to be very interesting, and recommend this book for anyone interested in the author, or science books in general."
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    #61The Improbability Principle

    The Improbability Principle

    The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day is a non-fiction book by David J. Hand, a statistician. It integrates the world we move in with the logical world of numbers.

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    Diana Su
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "If you enjoy hearing about unique encounters or situations of chance this is a must. It looks at the chances, probability and possibilities of things happening to one. Very interesting read. "
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    #62LSD: My Problem Child

    LSD: My Problem Child

    LSD: My Problem Child is a science non-fiction book written by organic chemist Albert Hofmann wherein he tells his experience on his discovery of LSD and encounters with notable figures following his discovery. 

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    Arthur Sanders
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "This is one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time. It is extremely well-written and tells the story of LSD and its development. Albert Hoffmann died at 102, but this was his greatest discovery and was the pinnacle of his career. I highly recommend reading this book if you are into how things came to be and shaped our current society."
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    #63Murderous Minds

    Murderous Minds

    Murderous Minds: Exploring the Criminal Psychopathic Brain is a research book written by Dean Haycock first published in 2014. This psychological book contains real-life studies of psychopaths.

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    Gregory Olson
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Books like this just depress me when I read them. This book is about getting inside the minds of murderers and trying to understand them. "
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    #64Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration

    Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration
    Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration is by legendary "space statesman" Buzz Aldrin and Leonard David. It plots out the path Aldrin proposes that will take humans to Mars by 2035.
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    Scott Day
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "If you are into space and science but you are just bored with the all science fiction and fake stories, the book is just for you. You will surprise how people can imagine what will happen in the future by just looking at their own experiences."
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    #65The Meaning of It All

    The Meaning of It All
    The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist is a non-fiction book by award-winning physicist Richard P. Feynman. Drawing from a series of lectures Feynman gave in 1963, it is a philosophical inquiry of science.
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    Marco Antonio Bernal
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The best science books non fiction only include "The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist" which is written by an award-winning physicist. With multiple copies available all priced mostly under 20 dollars, I would strongly recommend this book. "
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    #66Prehistoric Life

    Prehistoric Life

    Prehistoric Life: The Definitive Visual History of Life on Earth is a book written by David Burnie on prehistoric living things on Earth. With over 500 pages, this book is published in 2009 by DK.

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    Yuan Ma
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Another great DK book! It is beautifully illustrated with detailed photographs and interesting tidbits about each species. At over 500 pages, it covers the whole gamut of life on Earth from dinosaurs to modern day. My 8 year old son loves this book, and I've really enjoyed it as well."
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    #67Martian Outpost: The Challenges of Establishing a Human Settlement on Mars

    Martian Outpost: The Challenges of Establishing a Human Settlement on Mars

    Martian Outpost: The Challenges of Establishing a Human Settlement on Mars by Erik Seedhouse details the different technology, mission architectures, medical requirements, and training needed to send humans to Mars.

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    Alejandro Aguirre
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "Greatly enjoyed the idea of this book. The concept and material is quite novel!"
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    #68Merchants of Doubt

    Merchants of Doubt
    Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming is a scientific political non-fiction written by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway.
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    James Austin
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "A sad read considering what these scientists knew and how they chose not to tell us, the ignorant public. A real look into the world an the things that go unnoticed, grips you and makes you realize how easily we can be misled and misguided. "
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    #69The Italian Renaissance

    The Italian Renaissance
    The Italian Renaissance by John H. Plumb is a historical non-fiction novel originally published in 1961. This book examines the great time period of the Italian Renaissance in the fields of science and art.
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    Ana María Castellanos
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "The Italian Renaissance is a non-fiction account of the Italian Renaissance. It is very informative, interesting, and historically accurate depiction of what occurred during those advances in science and art. A captivating book."
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    #70My Beloved Brontosaurus

    My Beloved Brontosaurus

    My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs is written by Brian Switek about prehistoric dinosaurs. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2013 by Scientific American.

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    Daniel Ford
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "The best non-fiction science book is My Beloved Brontosaurus. Written by Brian Switek, it is a 200 page tome dedicated to everyone's favorite prehistoric creatures. It is a fascinating and wonderfully detailed look at these awesome creatures. "
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    #71Voyage to the Heart of Matter

    Voyage to the Heart of Matter

    Voyage to the Heart of Matter: The ATLAS Experiment at CERN (Pop-Up Books) is a scientific children's pop-up book written by Emma Sanders and Anton Radevsky. It was published October 16, 2010 by Papadakis Dist.

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    Linda Holmes
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I was looking for something to peak my husband's interest. I found it in this book about the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. One of my best investments, my husband loved it and pulls it out every so often when there is new CERN news to enjoy. Get it for your science nerd and you won't go wrong."
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    #72Mankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration

    Mankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration

    Mankind Beyond Earth by Claude Piantadosi presents a history of American exploration and its major achievements. It seeks to re-energize the passion for the space program of the American people.

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    Ann Smith
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Nothing says educational quite like science! Reading this book leaves me wondering how small I really am compared to the limitless world around us! "
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    #73Walking with Dinosaurs

    Walking with Dinosaurs

    Walking with Dinosaurs: A Natural History is a book written by Tim Haines which features the vital aspects of prehistoric species on Earth. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2000 by DK Publishing.

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    Lorena Rivas
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "I've used this book to interest so many of my nieces and nephews. All kids love dinosaurs and this book is easy to read and digest without being too 'kid-like' or pandering. They can see tons of pictures and pick up knowledge and I get a free hour of quiet!"
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    #74The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

    The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge
    Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge is a nonfiction science book that revolves around the theme of anthropology, spirituality, and philosophy. It was written by Jeremy Narby and was published in 1999 by TarcherPerigee.
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    Juan Lopez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I like reading about science but I don't like the science fiction aspect or realm. The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of kNowledge is a great hard and real science themed book. No frill, no wizards, just hard unadulterated science."
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    #75Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse

    Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse
    Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse is a nonfiction biography book written by Catherine Reef. This nonfiction biography book was published on November 8, 2016 by Clarion Books.
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    Susan Weaver
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "A biography about the nurse everyone has heard of but never knew the facts surrounding her life. I learned a lot!"

Summary

Best What are the best science books non fiction only
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1A Short History of Nearly EverythingBooks 15 Paid
2The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola VirusBooks 11 Paid
3Pale Blue DotBooks 11 Paid
4The Ancestor's TaleBooks 9 Paid
5Blind WatchmakerBooks 8 Paid
6The Universe in a NutshellBooks 6 Paid
7The Greatest Show on EarthBooks 4 Paid
8Origin Of SpeciesBooks 3 Paid
9CosmosBooks 1 Paid
10A Brief History Of TimeBooks 1 Paid
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