Thursday, August 28, 2008

the great pop-sci book project

Jennifer Ouellette has proposed a project by which all her readership list the top 100 science books of all time and she will compile a moderated list. I offer my list, and I note that she included science fiction in her list, so I will do so as well.

1. The Origin of the Species, Charles Darwin
2. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, Richard Feynman
3. Phantoms in the Brain, V. S. Ramachandran
4. The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks
5. A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking
6. *Godel, Escher, Bach, Douglas Hofstadter
7. The Physics of Star Trek, Lawrence Krauss
8. The First Three Minutes, Steven Weinberg
9. Neuromancer, William Gibson
10. The Demon-Haunted World, Carl Sagan
11. *The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins
12. Wonderful Life, Stephen J. Gould
13. The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins
The Astonishing Hypothesis, Francis Crick
15. The Physics of the Buffyverse, Jennifer Oeullette


Anna said...

Someone just requested The Demon-Haunted World from me though ICL today.

JimII said...

You are soooo much more well-read than I am. It makes me sad.

Matt Dick said...

Anna, it is a great book about critical thinking and how human beings are confused.

Jim, it shouldn't, perhaps I am more well-read than you are, but you're a clearer thinker than I am.