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Sacred Mathematics Fukagawa Hidetoshi & Tony Rothman Remarkable historical idea of geometry problems displayed in Japanese temples - but all seems a bit pointless. Maths
Sand Michael Welland Genuinely fascinating book on every aspect of sand, but quite difficult to overcome the urge not to read it... because it's (yawn) about sand. Earth science
Schrödinger's Kittens John Gribbin Sequel to In Search of Schrodinger's Cat. Some interesting material on further development of quantum theory Physics
Schrödinger's Rabbits Colin Bruce Introduction to quantum theory concentrating more on the interpretation than the theory itself. Rather confusingly written. Physics
Science 1001 Paul Parsons Lovely idea of covering all of science in 1001 readable short articles, and very well written. But it's hard to see how it will be used. Overview
Science: a four thousand year history Patricia Fara Magnificent and very readable account of all of science, putting it into its social and political context. Overview
Science, A History John Gribbin Everything from the Renaissance to the present - lots there, but a dipping book Overview
Science and Islam: a history Ehsan Masood An enlightening and very accessible survey of Islamic science during the so-called Dark Ages and beyond. Overview
The Science Delusion Rupert Sheldrake Some superb thoughts about the limitations of science and the ways that scientists take a blinkered view. Sadly, though, other elements of this book make it easy to ignore the powerful message. Overview
Science in Seconds Hazel Muir Science in 200 pocket sized articles - but it's hard to see why you would buy this rather than go online Overview
Science of Discworld Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen Clever mix of Pratchett's fantasy and science covering the "construction" of the earth. Not the best in the series, but good Overview
Science of Discworld II Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen Clever idea, mixing Pratchett's fantasy and science, but this instalment on the mind is by far the worst Human Science
Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen The highly entertaining and original combo of Discworld fantasy and scientific precision is aimed at evolution. A few quibbles but great Biology
The Science of Doctor Who Paul Parsons The world's longest running SF TV show comes under the "Science of" spotlight in an enjoyable and tantalising book TV
The Science of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Michael Hanlon The wacky world of Douglas Adams opened up to the scientific spotlight. Sometimes too brisk, but otherwise good Overview
The Science of Middle Earth Henry Gee Surprisingly effective study of Tolkein's attitude to science and its appearance on his writings Overview
Science: the definitive guide Piers Bizony Attempt to do the whole of science in a two page spreads style picture book. Very bitty and not enough content, but worst of all, the huge format makes it practically unreadable. Overview
Scientific without the Boring Bits Ian Crofton A chronologically arranged collection of fun factoids and strange pseudo-science snippets. Each entry is only a paragraph or two, so too bitty to enjoy end to end - better to dip in. Overview
Scientific Curiosity Cyril Aydon A jumble of short pieces on people in the history of science and scientific topics. Weak on modern physics but otherwise reasonable Overview
The Scientific Revolution: a very short introduction Lawrence M. Principe Very readable pocket guide to the origins of modern science that may well shatter a few illusions along the way. Overview
The Scientists See Science, A History    
Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and Creationism Andrew J. Petto & Laurie R. Godfrey Despite being a collection of academic essays, this is surprisingly readable explanation of what creationism and intelligent design are, and why they mistakenly take on evolution. Biology
Scurvy Stephen R. Bown Gripping story of the slow discovery of the cure for scurvy that brings alive the atmosphere of life on sailing ships Human science
The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese Colin Spedding Very slim book on proverbs, based on the author's use of them in science lectures. A real oddity. Overview
Second Nature Jonathan Balcombe The book presents important messages about animals' ability to feel and how we should treat them, but does so in a repetitious and poorly argued way. Biology
The Secret Life of Numbers George C. Szpiro Collection of articles on interesting maths topics let down by lack-lustre writing Maths
Seeing Through Illusion Richard Gregory Wonderful idea of getting a better idea of how the brain handles vision through optical illusions, but very poor execution. Human Science
Seen | Unseen Martin Kemp A thick, glossy attempt to find parallels in the way scientists and artists perceive the world - not entirely successful. Overview
See What I'm Saying Lawrence Rosenblum Exploration of the way our different senses can supplement and supplant each other combining fascinating stories with enlightening exercises. Human science
The Selfish Gene Richard Dawkins Evolutionary biology from its foremost protagonist Biology
The Selfish Genius Fern Elsdon-Baker Excellent analysis of what's right and wrong with Richard Dawkins' approach to evolution and public understanding of science, with real insights into science in society. Biology
Seven Deadly Colours Andrew Parker Superb description of nature's mechanisms for producing colour and colour's impact on the eye, a little let down by poor physics Biology
Seven Million Years Douglas Palmer This exploration of the whole sweep of human evolution only truly comes alive when covering the life and work of Louis Leakey Human science
Seven Tales of the Pendulum Gregory L. Baker Some really interesting material on pendulums, but hard to get through because of the impenetrable writing. Physics
Seven Wonders of the Universe C. Renée James Very chatty, friendly format for a quick overview of science (particularly physics) around us. A bit too 'wow, gee whiz!' and vague for us, but will appeal to some. Overview
Seven Years to Save the Planet Bill McGuire Excellent analysis of the  threats we face from climate change, and how they will change our world, but poor, over-simplistic solutions. Earth science
Sex, Botany and Empire Patricia Fara Joseph Banks (and Linnaeus) and his contribution to biological classification Biography, biology
Sex, Drugs and Chocolate Paul Martin Exploration of the science of pleasure, a little let down by snobbish view on chocolate. Explicit. Human Science
Sex, Drugs & DNA Michael Stebbins Powerful indictment of the failings of the US political system on scientific and medical issues, written in a highly approachable style Overview
Simplexity Alain Berthoz Tries to explain a concept in biology but totally incomprehensible. Biology
Spider Silk Leslie Brunetta & Catherine L. Craig The origins and nature of spiders, everything you want to know about silk and webs and more in this study of the life and loves of the arachnids. Biology
Thank God for Evolution Michael Dowd Remarkable attempt to frame a religious view based on science, only let down by the religious book style of writing. Overview
The Shadow Club Roberto Casati Very promising book about shadow that simply can't deliver, because there's not much to tell Physics
Shadows on the Cave Wall: a new theory of evolution Keith Skene A charming but unconvincing attempt to unseat Darwin, packed with biological information and delivered in engaging prose Biology
Shapes Philip Ball Over-technical and detailed, but still fascinating exploration of how natural shapes emerge. Overview
A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson Triumphant charge through all of science Overview
Signor Marconi's Magic Box Gavin Weightman Gripping story of the young Marconi's race against time to be the first to achieve long distance radio communication. Excellent stuff Technology
The Silicon Eye George Gilder Meet some unknown but essential characters of the silicon revolution and join their journey, attempting to take a whole new approach to digital cameras. Technology
The Singing Neanderthals Steven Mithen Interesting study of the origins of music, that gets a little lost along the way Human science
The Single Helix Steve Jones One hundred light and enjoyable newspaper columns, collected to give an excellent dip into pretty well every area of science. Overview
The Singularity is Near Ray Kurzweil Futurologist Ray Kurzweil argues that in the next 40 years Human 2.0 will emerge from a combination of human and technology. Interesting subject, clumsily addressed.. Human sciences
Six Degrees: our future on a hotter planet Mark Lynas An important book - graphically tells of the impact of one to six degrees of temperature rise on the planet. Gets a little repetitious, but still important. Earth sciences
Six Easy Pieces Richard Feynman The essentials of physics in a chatty textbook that just scrapes into pop-sci Physics
The Skeptic's Dictionary Robert Todd Carroll Overview of the many strange beliefs people out there hold. Format makes it less readable than some, but still good Sceptics
Sky in a Bottle Peter Pesic Shows how the apparently simple question "why is the sky blue?" has challenged thinkers over the years, and follows their ideas and experiments (with some to try) Physics
Sleepfaring: A journey through the science of sleep Jim Horne Wonderfully readable tour of the science of sleep. Sags just a little in the middle, but overall excellent Biology
Small World: Uncovering Nature's Hidden Networks Mark Buchanan Fascinating concept leading to the 'six degrees of separation' idea, but ultimately unsatisfying. Maths
Social Intelligence Daniel Goleman Fat follow-up to Emotional Intelligence with some interesting scientific input, but very selective and there's little depth to the interpretation. Disappointing. Human science
Soft Machines Richard A. L, Jones Interesting book on one aspect of nanotechnology (nano machines), but more of a good textbook than popsci Technology, biology
Solar System Marcus Chown Chown's excellent Solar System app ported to book form. Not quite as good, but still has great images and easy to follow text. Astronomy
Space Chronicles Neil deGrasse Tyson Interesting subject of space travel ruined by lack of over structure - much repetition in articles - and extreme nationalism. Technology (Politics)
Space on Earth Charles Cockell Uncomfortable mix of space exploration and environmentalism that tell you more about the author's interests than anything else. Overview
Space Race Deborah Cadbury Engaging and sometimes horrifying story of the origins and realities of the race to space and the moon from both sides of the iron curtain Technology
Spacecam Terry Hope A good, colourful NASA-based space picture book. Better than many as it's portable and has manned missions, Hubble, planetary probes and Earth-facing images. Astronomy
The Stargazer's Almanac Bob Mizen et al Excellent month-by-month guide to what's in the (Northern) night sky in the format of a large calendar. Really useful. Astronomy
The State of the Universe Pedro G. Ferreira Attempts to be a primer on modern cosmology - has all the right content, but just not readable enough. Cosmology
Status Syndrome Michael Marmot Brilliant research on the way social standing affects health and life expectancy, but so-so book Human science
Strange Angel George Pendle The totally bizarre and fascinating story of the life and horrible death of rocket science and occult enthusiast John Whiteside Parsons Biography
The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump [The Medical Detective] Sandra Hempel Fascinating medical history of the attempts to discover how cholera spread, and John Snow's detective work to trace the origins of the Broad Street outbreak Human science
The Strangest Man Graham Farmelo Very detailed and well researched biography of the most secretive of the quantum physicists, Paul Dirac. A welcome addition. Biography, physics
Statistics: a very short introduction David J. Hand Very readable pocket introduction to probability and statistics: first half is particularly good. Maths
Stephen Hawking Kitty Ferguson Interesting and revealing on the life of one of the most famous living scientists, but not brilliant at explaining his science. Cosmology, biography
Strange Curves, Counting Rabbits and other Mathematical Explorations Keith Ball If your idea of fun is solving mathematical problems at around first year degree level, then this is the book for you. Mathematics
Stepping Stones to the Stars Terry C. Treadwell Lots and lots of facts about the manned space expeditions, but very little interpretation, context, politics or science. Of limited value. Technology
The Story of Astronomy Heather Couper & Nigel Henbest Excellent historical narrative of the development of astronomy and our gradual discovery of what is out there in the universe, told through the characters involved. Astronomy
The Sun Kings Stuart Clark Well-written and enjoyable history of discoveries about the Sun and its influence on the Earth from renaissance times. Astronomy
Super Cooperators Martin Nowak & Roger Highfield Interesting extension to evolution, adding cooperation to mutation and selection as shaping 'forces' - not the best written book, but some good points. Biology
The Super-Organism Bert Holldobler and E. O. Wilson Big glossy and in-depth study of the super-organism behaviour of bees and ants. Fascinating, though can get a bit heavy in both senses. Biology
The Surgeons Charles Morris By turns gory and over-awed, but still a dramatic account of the author's stint with New York heart surgeons. Human Science
Surely you are Joking, Mr Feynman Richard Feynman Wonderful anecdotes from the great physicist Biography, physics
Surviving Armageddon Bill McGuire Good, short book on the possible disasters facing the earth and how we can overcome them Earth science
Symmetry and the Monster Mark Ronan Fascinating and rarely touched on mathematical subject of group theory and symmetry, but could have been told better Mathematics
Sync: the emerging science of spontaneous order Steven Strogatz A wonderful, cross-disciplinary jaunt that mixes real life scientific experience with exploration of synchronicity Overview
Taking the Red Pill Glen Yeffeth (Ed.) Tasty collection of essays on the science and philosophy of the movie The Matrix TV/Movies
The Talent Code Daniel Coyle Interesting observations on how the brain programs for skills that work well for physical skills but the author fails to spot they're anathema to creativity. Human science
The Talking Ape Robbins Burling Fascinating exploration of the origins and nature of language. Approachable yet authoritative. Human Science
The Tao of Physics Fritjof Capra Classic book drawing parallels between physics (particularly quantum physics) and Eastern religions, still interesting despite blatant misuse by new-agers. Physics
A Teaspoon and an Open Mind: The Science of Doctor Who Michael White Doctor Who seems the ideal subject for a Science Of... book, but unfortunately the science is very weakly linked to the TV show, rather missing the point TV/Movies
The Telephone Gambit Seth Shulman How an exploration of the archival material on Alexander Graham Bell uncovered the true story of the telephone. Technology
The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments George Johnson Engaging look at ten real desktop experiments through history. You can dispute if he's got the best, but certainly makes them highly readable. Overview
Terrors of the Table Walter Gratzer History of nutrition with an interesting start and great final chapters, but rather stodgy middle section Human Science
Tesla: Man out of Time Margaret Cheney Biography of the remarkable inventor Nikola Tesla. Good on his personal life, but the author isn't very good at science. Biography
The Theory of Elementary Waves Lewis E. Little An alternative to quantum theory. Probably not right, but worth taking a look as a semi-plausible theory. Physics
The Theory that would not Die Sharon Bertsch Mcgrayne Disappointingly dull exploration of the history of the remarkable Bayes theorem in statistics, which fails to make it clear how the maths works. Mathematics
Think Like a Maths Genius [Secrets of Mental Math] Arthur Benjamin & Michael Shermer Lots of exercises, tips and techniques to get your mental arithmetic operating at maximum power. Not a great read, but fun in you like this kind of thing. Maths
The Third Man of the Double Helix Maurice Wilkins Autobiography of the third DNA Nobel prize winner. Not great writing, but fascinating insight, especially into the Frankin affair Biography, biology
Through the Language Glass Guy Deutscher Absolutely cracking book on linguistics and whether it can reveal anything about human perception. A great read. Human science
The Tiger that Isn't Michael Blastland & Andrew Dilnot Brilliant excursion into the way we misuse and misunderstand numbers and statistics, and how to see around it. Maths
Time Eva Hoffman You might expect this to be a physics book, but it's much more about the subjective nature of time and how it influences human thought. Human science
Time Travel: a writer's guide Paul J. Nahin Useful if slightly dated guide to the science of time travel for writers with lots of examples from science fiction. Physics
The Time Traveller Ronald Mallett & Bruce Henderson Moving and highly readable story of a physicist's mission to build a time machine to visit his dead father - just finishes a bit too soon. Physics
The Tipping Point Malcolm Gladwell Connectedness, how information spreads virally and the stickiness of ideas transformed into a great little book by excellent stories Human Science
Toxin Alistair Lax A readable combination of history of the discovery of the role of bacteria and their toxins and the science behind it Biology
The Transit of Venus Peter Adds et al Mixed collection of essays on the eponymous transit, its significance to New Zealand, and New Zealand's significance to science. Astronomy
Trick or Treatment Simon Singh & Edzard Ernst Superb analysis of alternative medicine, showing how early trials were unscientific and new data proves most to be no different from a placebo. Very readable - excellent. Human science
The Triumph of Numbers I. B. Cohen A genuinely interesting and often surprising history of statistics that brings in unexpected characters from King David and Dickens to Florence Nightingale. Mathematics
The Trouble with Physics Lee Smolin Absorbing exploration of the problems with string theory and how it has become an ineffective panacea. Physics
The Truth About Hormones Vivienne Parry The truth about hormones, certainly, but sadly it's a pretty dull read Human science
The Tunguska Fireball Surendra Verma Fascinating story of the Siberian puzzle of 1908 told in an ultimately unsatisfactory fashion Overview
The Turk Tom Standage The amazing story of the mechanical chess player built in 1770 Technology
Trust: from Socrates to spin Kieron O'Hara Trust dissected in a book explores the psychology and sociology of this key to scientific advance Human science, psychology
Tweeting the Universe Marcus Chown & Govert Schilling One of those 'great idea, didn't quite work' concepts - explaining cosmology in 140 character maximum 'tweets'. Astronomy, cosmology, physics
The Ultimate Quotable Einstein Alice Calaprice (Ed.) Fat book of Einstein quotes. He certainly was quotable - but it's hard to see what this book is for. Biography
Ultimate Robot Robert Malone Highly illustrated and fun guide to robots as cultural icons - could do with more on the science though Technology
Uncentering the Earth William T. Vollmann A turgid, unreadable attempt at telling what should be the interesting story of Copernicus's move of the Earth away from the centre of the universe Cosmology
The Undercover Scientist Peter J. Bentley Attempt to link basic science introduction by describing why various disasters happen to the second person protagonist - a little wince-making. Overview
Unknown Quantity John Derbyshire Attempt at popular maths history of algebra. The history part isn't too bad, but the maths part feels too much like a textbook. Maths
Universe: a journey from Earth to the Edge of the Cosmos Nicholas Cheetham Nice idea - photographic record of a 'journey' from Earth to the edge of the universe, but the result is a coffee table book.. Astronomy
The Universe in a Nutshell Stephen Hawking Workings of the universe, well illustrated, for lay readers Cosmology, physics
The Universe Inside You Brian Clegg Using your body as a starting point, takes you on a journey through the science that makes it possible - not just biology, but everything from light to relativity. Overview
The Universe Next Door Marcus Chown Strange concepts at the edge of scientific theories Overview, physics
Unweaving the Rainbow Richard Dawkins An excellent attempt to counter the argument that science spoils the beauty of nature, slightly tainted by attitude Overview
Upgrade Me Brian Clegg A fascinating exploration of the journey to human 2.0, from the key ability to contemplate the future, to life extension, cosmetic enhancement, extra strength, electronic implants and more. Human science
Vanity, Vitality & Virility John Emsley Nice idea - the chemicals behind these key aspects of humanity - but somehow just doesn't inspire. Human science
The Velocity of Honey Jay Ingram 23 fun excursions into the science of the everyday from falling toast to skipping stones Overview
Venn that Tune Andrew Viner Clever gift book combining Venn diagrams (and other mathematical diagrams) with song titles. Maths
Venomous Earth Andrew Meharg Interesting exploration of arsenic's duel role as poison and medicine, fascinating on poisonous wallpaper Chemistry
The Victorian Internet Tom Standage How the telegraph network changed the world, crossed continents (and resulted in love between telegraphists). Technology
The View from the Centre of the Universe Nancy Ellen Abrams & Joel Primack Superbly brilliant idea of the need for a new cosmological myth to ground us in the universe, only slightly let down by so-so writing Cosmology
Versatile Vaccines Parvinder Chawla Basic but accessible book on vaccines with a little history and several chapters on the fight to produce new vaccines for killers like HIV. Human science
Virtual Words Jonathon Keats Delightful collection of essays on the origins and meanings of a series of words from science and technology. Overview
Viruses vs Superbugs Thomas Häusler An intriguing but frightening look at one alternative to antibiotics - will phages save us as killer bacteria become resistant?  Human sciences
The Void Frank Close Flawed attempt to use the idea of the void to explore the science of matter and light. Physics
Watching the English Kate Fox Excellent insights into the English culture and how much English behaviour can be explained by social dis-ease. Human science
Watt's Perfect Engine Ben Marsden Interesting story of James Watt, particularly focussing on steam engines - but not a lot of science Technology
We Are Not Alone Dirk Schulze-Makuch & David Darling Gives a real understanding of why we should be spending less on manned spaceflights and more on exploring the possible life-bearing worlds of the solar system. Astronomy, biology
We need to talk about Kelvin Marcus Chown Uses everyday observations to plunge into quantum theory, thermodynamics and cosmology. Great fun and very readable. Physics, cosmology
Weather Wonders Gordon Higgins Relatively small picture book of different weather phenomena from above and below. Good pictures (if sometimes a little small), but not a thrilling read. Earth Science
Wegener's Jigsaw Clare Dudman Biographical novel, providing excellent insights into the life and works of the man who thought up continental drift, Alfred Wegener. Biography
Weighing the Soul Len Fisher Seven examples of challenges to scientific beliefs, from the weight of the soul to the nature of lightning, delightfully told Overview
Weird Science and Bizarre Beliefs Gregory L. Reece Should be a great book about strange scientific ideas and related science fiction, but in fact is dull and rambling. Overview
What does the Moon Smell Like Eva Everything Multiple choice science quiz book that isn't easy enough to read through, but makes a good gift book. Overview
What Do You Care What Other People Think? Richard Feynman Feynman's follow up collection of reminiscences, distinguished by amazing section on the Challenger enquiry Biography
What does a Martian Look Like? [Evolving the Alien] Jack Cohen & Ian Stewart Clever idea of exploring alien life possibilities, partly driven by SF ideas, but suffers from smugness Biology
What Einstein didn't know about Time Keith Ashworth A strange concoction combining a vituperative attack on Einstein personally with an alternative theory to replace relativity. Physics
What if the Earth had two Moons? Neil F. Comins Really clever idea of exploring astronomy through 10 'what if' variants on the Earth - but use of fiction poor and gets a bit samey. Astronomy
What is Time? G. J. Whitrow A good introduction to the nature of time, but could have been even better if written for a modern audience Physics
What Just Happened James Gleick Articles on the development and future of the IT business Technology
What's Luck got to do with It? Joseph Mazur A colourful survey of the history, psychology and mathematics of gambling. Maths, human science
When Least is Best Paul J. Nahin Maths history of minima with not enough history and far too many equations. Maths
When We Were Kids John Brockman (Ed) 27 "why I turned to science" essays that is so much more interesting than it sounds. Really. Biography
Where Wizards Stay Up Late Katie Hafner & Matthew Lyon Engaging history of the early days of what would become the Internet Technology
The Whole Story: Alternative Medicine on Trial Toby Murcott This should be a brilliant book, as alternative medicine is crying out for a proper investigation. Still good, but not really popular science Human science
Why are Orangutans Orange? Mick O'Hare (Ed.) The latest in New Scientist's reliable Last Word column originated books gets extra oomph by being based on reader's photos of odd things they've seen.. Overview
Why Aren't They Here? Surendra Verma A description of different theories of why we haven't been contacted by aliens (and of our attempts to reach them). Some nice historical context, but a trifle dull. Cosmology
Why Balloons Rise and Apples Fall Jeff Stewart Very good beginners introduction to classical physics, slightly let down by style and some of the modern content Physics
Why Can't Elephants Jump? Mick O'Hare (Ed.) Weird science question and answer book from the New Scientist's Last Word column. The format is getting a bit stale now. Overview
Why does a ball bounce? Adam Hart-Davis The UK's favourite TV boffin explains 101 phenomena - much too short, but still great fun Overview
Why Does E=mc2 Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw Explanation of the derivation of the world's most famous equation, exploration of the standard model master equation and great exposition of Higgs - but too technical for the general reader. Physics
Why Do Men Have Nipples? Mark Leyner & Billy Goldberg Delightful answers to all those silly questions people want to ask doctors, only missing perfect because of the painfully unfunny sections in between the Q&A Human science
Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze Mick O'Hare (Ed.) One of the better "weird science question and answer" books from the New Scientist's reliable Last Word column. Overview
Why Evolution is True Jerry A. Coyne A persuasive and plain-spoken summary of the evidence for evolution by natural selection, with some minor conceptual problems. Biology
Why Most Things Fail Paul Ormerod Fascinating assessment of the flaws in economics, based on parallels in biology, though limited in conclusions Maths
Why People Believe Weird Things Michael Shermer Powerful and effective exploration of where strange beliefs come from and how they take hold. Sceptics, overview
Why the Toast Always Falls Butter Side Down Richard Robinson Subtitled The Science of Murphy's Law, a witty and light exploration of how our brains fool us to make everything seem to go wrong Human science
Why Us? James Le Fanu Puts forward arguments against evolutionary theory and the idea that the electrochemical workings of the brain explain consciousness. A good idea, but a muddled book. Overview
Why We Lie David Livingstone Smith Be amazed, not just at how much we lie, but how essential it is for the operation of society. Interesting and original Human science
The Wild Life of our Bodies Rob Dunn Humorous and fascinating exploration both of the 'alien' life in our bodies but also how human beings interact with the environment. Human science
Witness to Extinction Samuel Turvey The sad story of the attempt to preserve the Yangtze river dolphin and the lessons it gives on practical conservation. Biology
Wizard Marc J. Seifer Good biography of the remarkable electrical engineer Nikola Tesla in its historical context, but poor at the science. Technology
The Wonderful World of Relativity Andrew M. Steane An attempt at a popular science book that is really a watered-down text book on special relativity. Shame. Physics
Wordplay John Langdon Clever graphic designs that can be read in more than one direction, as used by Dan Brown - but the "science" is weak to say the least Overview
A World without Ice Henry Pollack Powerful message about the dangers of losing more and more ice as global warming continues, with an assessment of its impact on the environment. Earth science
Wormwood Forest Mary Mycio An engrossing personal experience of the contaminated zone from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, revealing the amazing spread of wildlife since the accident Biology
Written in Stone Brian Switek Excellent exploration of how our understanding of fossils has developed over time and why science thinks the things it does about the development of animals on the Earth Biology
Yes! 50 secrets from the science of persuasion Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, Robert B. Cialdini Some excellent insights from scientific studies of how people behave that help persuade them to act in a particular way. More business book than science, but very good nonetheless. Human science
Your Money and Your Brain Jason Zweig Although technically a 'how to invest' guide, it's really a great exploration of how the different mechanisms of the brain make us unsuited to the stock market. Human science
The Zen of Magic Squares, Circles & Stars Clifford Pickover You'll either love or be bored to tears by this exploration of all that is magical squares - it's mathematical marmite Maths
Zero Charles Seife Good summary of the background and importance of zero, but much more of the book is on infinity, black holes, relativity and wormholes. Mathematics
The Zodiac of Paris Jed Z. Buchwald & Diane Greco Josefowicz Long historical account of the discovery of ancient Egyptian zodiacs and the religious uproar caused by their astronomical interpretation in Napoleonic France. Archeology
Zombie Science 1Z Doctor Austin Entertaining attempt at making some aspects of medical science more accessible by putting it into a fictional format, let down by poorly edited text. Human science

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