10 Influential Popular Science Books

For your reading pleasure during the upcoming Intersession, this post features influential popular science books as selected by the New Scientist reader community.

On the origin of species (print), (ebook), (1876) (Darwin Manuscripts Project)

A brief history of time: from the big bang to black holes, by Stephen Hawking (1988)

The selfish gene by Richard Dawkins (1989)

The double helix; a personal account of the discovery of the structure of DNA, by James Watson (1968)

Silent spring, by Rachel Carson (1962)

The naked ape; a zoologist’s study of the human animal, by Desmond Morris (1967)

Chaos : making a new science, by James Gleick (1987)

Gaia : a new look at life on earth, by James Lovelock (1979)

An essay on the principle of population; or, a view of its past and present effects on human happiness : with an inquiry into our prospects respecting the future removal or mitigation of the evils which it occasions, by T. R. Malthus (1798)

The ascent of man, by Jacob Bronowski (1974)

We may have editions other than those linked of these titles in our holdings, including some related  items housed in the Jones Media Center. Ask any librarian if you have questions about availability of these selections.

If you are interested in recently published popular science books, check out the Kresge Library Popular Science collection. You can browse this collection on the shelf or online!

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