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Best Popular Science for the non-scientist

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The God Delusion
The God Delusion
"Clear, convincing, rational as ever. Richard Dawkins, bless him - if the term 'saint' has any meaning, Dawkins should be considered the patron saint of all seekers after truth!"
The Origin of Species (Classics of World Literature)
The Origin of Species (Classics of World Literature)
"Darwin is the author and "The Origin of Species" is the book that started the most recent phase of rational, scientific thinking.  *Real* revelations."
The Selfish Gene
The Selfish Gene
"A stimulating read about how life evolved from the single-cell to today's complexity and variety."
The Origins of Virtue (Penguin Press Science)
The Origins of Virtue (Penguin Press Science)
"Richard Dawkins said that if he'd written a second volume of the Selfish Gene, focusing on humans, this would have been it."
The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
"Ever wondered what sex is for?  Forget romance - think gene war and the fight against parasites and disease."
Mendel's Demon: Gene Justice and the Complexity of Life
Mendel's Demon: Gene Justice and the Complexity of Life
"Or could sex be the explanation for the evolution of complexity?  Random shuffling of genes to concentrate copying errors?  Matt & Mark both have me convinced.  I think they must both be right!"
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
"Brilliant idea for a book about genes: pick out one fascinating gene on each chromosome and shine a spot-light on it.  It's a better read than most novels."
Biography of a Germ
Biography of a Germ
"This is about Borrelia burgdorferi - the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.  It's one of the best written and most fascinating books I've read."
The Earth Dwellers: Adventures in the Land of Ants
The Earth Dwellers: Adventures in the Land of Ants
"I've always been quite fond of ants but this is the book that taught me to love and respect them.  Too interesting for words."
Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce
Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce
"It should be entitled "The Shocking Truth About Blood: the glory, the wonder, the shame, the exploitation ...".  Read it and gasp."
The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis: Most Credible Theory of Human Evolution
The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis: Most Credible Theory of Human Evolution
"Very convincing.  I felt considerably more aquatic after reading it.  Seriously though, it's very well researched and argued."
Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth
Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth
"Lovelock is considered by some to be a bit of a new-age wacko.  He's not though.  He's a serious scientist.  Read this and judge for yourself."
Molecules at an Exhibition: Portraits of Intriguing Materials in Everyday Life
Molecules at an Exhibition: Portraits of Intriguing Materials in Everyday Life
"Best and most comprehensible chemistry book I've ever read.  If they taught you to hate chemistry at school, read this and be converted."
The Shocking History of Phosphorus: A Biography of the Devil's Element
The Shocking History of Phosphorus: A Biography of the Devil's Element
"What an amazing history.  What bizarre, grotesque and fantastic uses humans have found for phosphorus - and that was before they even found out what it was good for."
Wild Weather
Wild Weather
"Have you ever read a really dry, technical, boring book about weather?  This book is the complete opposite of that sort of book.  Unbelievably easy and interesting - and full of beautiful pictures."
Ice Age: How a Change of Climate Made Us Human (Penguin Press Science)
Ice Age: How a Change of Climate Made Us Human (Penguin Press Science)
"This is about climate change. It's very good and easy to understand.  However, it has very little to say about how climate change made us human.  Great little book but misleading title."
Impossibility: The Limits of Science and the Science of Limits
Impossibility: The Limits of Science and the Science of Limits
"All things are possible?  Oh no they're not!  Read this excellent book and find out why.  It points out all the limits to what's possible, that make science possible (and useful)."
The Song Of The Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions
The Song Of The Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions
"Extinction is for ever.  There's an extraordinary variety of life on Planet Earth and it's a shame to destroy it.  We're doing an awful lot of damage.  Read this to find out how much."
Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice To All Creation: Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex
Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice To All Creation: Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex
"Learn about the evolutionary biology of sex with the least hard work imaginable.  An easy, entertaining read that will sneakily fill your head with information whilst keeping you amused."
Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures
Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures
"There are things in here to make you shudder and squirm.  Get over it!  It's jolly interesting and this book could convert your revulsion to fascination."
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language: The New Science of Language and Mind (Penguin Science)
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language: The New Science of Language and Mind (Penguin Science)
"A book about psycholinguistics that's easy to understand.  Who'd've thought?  I remember liguistics being very stodgy and impenetrable.  So this is a treat - easypeasy and very enlightening."