Popular science books recommended by (some) scientists

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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Dover Thrift)
1.  Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Dover Thrift) by Edwin A. Abbott
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A Short History Of Nearly Everything
2.  A Short History Of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (610 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology (Bradford Books)
3.  Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology (Bradford Books) by Braitenberg
£14.86   Used & New from: £4.35
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain
4.  Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain by Antonio Damasio
£8.79   Used & New from: £3.98
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

The Goldilocks Enigma: Why Is the Universe Just Right for Life?
5.  The Goldilocks Enigma: Why Is the Universe Just Right for Life? by Paul Davies
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
6.  The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life by Richard Dawkins
£12.08   Used & New from: £0.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary edition
7.  The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary edition by Richard Dawkins
£14.88   Used & New from: £9.22
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)

Mr Tompkins in Paperback (Canto)
8.  Mr Tompkins in Paperback (Canto) by Roger Penrose
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Genius: Richard Feynman and Modern Physics
9.  Genius: Richard Feynman and Modern Physics by James Gleick
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
10.  The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene
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  "(multiple recommendations)"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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The Pattern On The Stone: How Computers Think ("Daily Telegraph" Talking Science)
11.  The Pattern On The Stone: How Computers Think ("Daily Telegraph" Talking Science) by Daniel Hillis
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The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul (Penguin Press Science)
12.  The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul (Penguin Press Science) by Douglas R. Hofstadter
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (20th anniversary edition with a new preface by the author)
13.  Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (20th anniversary edition with a new preface by the author) by Douglas R Hofstadter
£13.59   Used & New from: £7.76
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

The Dating Game: One Man's Search for the Age of the Earth
14.  The Dating Game: One Man's Search for the Age of the Earth by Cherry Lewis
£17.99   Used & New from: £1.56
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body
15.  Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body by Armand Marie Leroi
£11.38   Used & New from: £0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

Einstein's Dreams
16.  Einstein's Dreams by A. Lightman
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language: The New Science of Language and Mind (Penguin Science)
17.  The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language: The New Science of Language and Mind (Penguin Science) by Steven Pinker
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  "(multiple recommendations)"
£8.79   Used & New from: £0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind
18.  Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind by V. S. Ramachandran
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
19.  The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (Picador)
20.  The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (Picador) by Oliver Sacks
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)

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Big Bang: The Most Important Scientific Discovery of All Time and Why You Need to Know About It
21.  Big Bang: The Most Important Scientific Discovery of All Time and Why You Need to Know About It by Simon Singh
£12.08   Used & New from: £0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order (Penguin Press Science)
22.  Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order (Penguin Press Science) by Steven Strogatz
£7.49   Used & New from: £2.57
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Nobel Dreams: Experiments at the Edge of the Universe: An Experiment at the Edge of the Universe
23.  Nobel Dreams: Experiments at the Edge of the Universe: An Experiment at the Edge of the Universe by GARY Y TAUBES
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The Eye of the Lynx: Galileo, His Friends and the Beginnings of Modern Natural History
24.  The Eye of the Lynx: Galileo, His Friends and the Beginnings of Modern Natural History by David Freedberg
£26.50   Used & New from: £19.30

Guns, Germs and Steel: A short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years
25.  Guns, Germs and Steel: A short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years by Jared Diamond
£7.69   Used & New from: £2.14
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)

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