Some recommended reading. Look for these books in your local library, pick up a copy from a local bookstore or online.


A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

An Anthropologist on Mars – Oliver Sacks

Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell – Mark Kurlansky

Cod: A Biography of a Fish That Changed the World – Mark Kurlansky

Crucibles: The Story of Chemistry from Ancient Alchemy to Nuclear Fission - Bernard Jaffe

Death By Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandries – Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Evolution: Making Sense of Life - Carl Zimmer

Golden Guides - MacMillian, St. Martin's Press Science and Nature books from the St. Martin's Press division of MacMillian publising

Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York - Ted Steinberg

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War - Mary Roach

In Suspect Terrain – John McPhee

Intelligent Thought: Science Versus the Intelligent Design Movement - John Brockman

Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History – Erik Larson

Light: A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age - Bruce Watson

Mendeleyev's Dream: The Quest for the Elements – Paul Strathern

Musicophilia - Oliver Sacks

Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History – Penny LeCouteur

Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds – Jim Sterba

Nature's Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the Elements – John Emsley

Newton - Peter Ackroyd

Quantum Physics for Poets - Christopher T. Hill and Leon M. Lederman

Running Silver: Restoring Atlantic Rivers and Their Great Fish Migrations - John Waldman

Science Desk Reference

Secret Agents: The Menace of Emerging Infections – Madeline Drexler

The 13th Element: The Sordid Tale of Murder, Fire, and Phosphorus – John Emsley

The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time - Jonathan Weiner

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America – Timothy Egan

The Clockwork Universe - Edward Dolnick

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements – Sam Kean

The Elements of Murder: A History of Poison – John Emsley

The Ghost Hunters: William James and the Hunt for Scientific Proof of Life After Death – Deborah Blum

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History – John Barry

The Jasons: The Secret History of Science's Postwar Elite – Ann Finkbeiner

The Jesuit and the Skull – Amir Aczel

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat – Oliver Sacks

The Origin of Species – Charles Darwin

The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York – Deborah Blum

The Science of Kissing - Sheril Kirshenbaum

The Science of Paintings - James W. Mayer

The Thing Explainer - Randall Munroe

The Way Things Work Now - David Macaulay

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl – Timothy Egan

What The Simpsons can Teach us About Science - Paul Halpern

Your Inner Fish – Neil Shubin

Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Number - Charles Seife