The top 15 popular science books

A Listmania! list by Mr. J. J. Prettyman "Joshua Prettyman" (Edinburgh UK)
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The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics (Popular Science)
1.  The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics (Popular Science) by Sir Roger Penrose
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  "Simply the most thought-provoking book there is. A little dry in the middle if you have already read popular accounts of 'big bang' and 'black holes' etc. but the rest is pure gold."
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Concepts of Modern Mathematics (Pelican)
2.  Concepts of Modern Mathematics (Pelican) by Ian Stewart
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  "The best introduction to mathematics in the world."
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Life On Earth: A Natural History
3.  Life On Earth: A Natural History by David Attenborough
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  "The first major TV series and book from the master of natural history popularisation gives due credit to the years of labour undergone by researchers to achieve our understanding of how life evolved."
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Gamma: Exploring Euler's Constant (Princeton Science Library)
4.  Gamma: Exploring Euler's Constant (Princeton Science Library) by Freeman Dyson
The list author says:
  "A fantastic book that covers the whole history of mathematics and the lives of the mathematicians in such a way as to make you want to know more about history's greatest minds."
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Galaxy
5.  Galaxy by Stuart Clark
The list author says:
  "The mind-blowing capacity of the scale of the universe to stike awe into even the most unscientific individuals is displayed nowhere better than in the lush photography of this masterpiece."
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The Living Planet: A Portrait of the Earth
6.  The Living Planet: A Portrait of the Earth by David Attenborough
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  "Natural history's champion returns giving us a look at the diversity of life's habitats."
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Cows in the Maze: And other mathematical explorations
7.  Cows in the Maze: And other mathematical explorations by Ian Stewart
The list author says:
  "I should also include the many others by Stewart which are effectivly the same, a collection of his articles for SA, never fails to inspire wonder"
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A Brief History of Time: 20th Anniversary edition
8.  A Brief History of Time: 20th Anniversary edition by Stephen Hawking
The list author says:
  "Hawking's best seller still confuses and delights readers today. The new chapter makes this 20th anniversary edition a better option than the old book."
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The Essential Einstein: His Greatest Works
9.  The Essential Einstein: His Greatest Works by Albert Einstein
The list author says:
  "Heavy-going for the uninitiated but Hawking's commentary lightens up the works of physics' greatest mind."
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Into the Deep: Exploring Earth's Oceans
10.  Into the Deep: Exploring Earth's Oceans by Peter Batson
The list author says:
  "Will get anybody fascinated in the mysteries of the unknown with fantastic photography any descriptive captions throughout."
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QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (Princeton Science Library)
11.  QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (Princeton Science Library) by Richard P. Feynman
The list author says:
  "A must-read for any student of particle physics, Feynman is physics' most enigmatic voice and the new introduction by A. Zee is insightful, making you want to know more about the eccentric scientist."
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The World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics
12.  The World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics by Timothy Ferris
The list author says:
  "Franky superb. An insightfull collection of essays from scientists and chapters from other books that will make you want to read more."
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A Short History Of Nearly Everything
13.  A Short History Of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
The list author says:
  "A total classic, every page is a gem and shows that any inquisitive mind is capable of finding and understanding the answers to the big questions."
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God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History
14.  God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History by Stephen Hawking
The list author says:
  "Another collection, this time staring the unsung heroes and ancient masters of mathematics. Read Euclid and Diophantus to gain an insight into pre-renaissance mathematics."
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The Origin of Species (Classics of World Literature)
15.  The Origin of Species (Classics of World Literature) by Charles Darwin
The list author says:
  "Very victorian languages makes this a dull and difficult read in places but this was a revolution in it's day and deserves to be apprieciated."
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