Top 10 Best Books to Read in Scientific Reference - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Scientific Reference. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Scientific Reference - August 2021

It’s a scientific fact: Women rock!   A charmingly illustrated and educational book, New York Times best seller  Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.   Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more!  — BrainPickings - Best Science Books of the Year

  • Author: Rachel Ignotofsky
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Illustrated edition (July 26, 2016)
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Professionals & Academics
  • ISBN: 978-1607749769
  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches

                 

2. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Scientific Reference - August 2021

A prescient warning of a future we now inhabit, where fake news stories and Internet conspiracy theories play to a disaffected American populace “A glorious book... A spirited defense of science... From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.” - Los Angeles Times How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions. Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today's so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms. Praise for The Demon-Haunted World “Powerful... A stirring defense of informed rationality... Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.” - The Washington Post Book World “Compelling.” - USA Today “A clear vision of what good science means and why it makes a difference... A testimonial to the power of science and a warning of the dangers of unrestrained credulity.” - The Sciences “Passionate.” - San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle

  • Author: Carl Sagan
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, Astronomy & Space Science, Astronomy

                 

3. Cosmos: A Personal Voyage


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Scientific Reference - August 2021

RETURNING TO TELEVISION AS AN ALL-NEW MINISERIES ON FOX Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science. Includes introductory music: "Heaven and Hell" by Vangelis from Cosmos: A Personal Voyage used with permission from Druyan-Sagan Associates, Inc. All rights reserved. Praise for Cosmos “Magnificent... With a lyrical literary style, and a range that touches almost all aspects of human knowledge, Cosmos often seems too good to be true.” - The Plain Dealer “Sagan is an astronomer with one eye on the stars, another on history, and a third - his mind’s - on the human condition.” - Newsday “Brilliant in its scope and provocative in its suggestions...shimmers with a sense of wonder.” - The Miami Herald “Sagan dazzles the mind with the miracle of our survival, framed by the stately galaxies of space.” - Cosmopolitan “Enticing...iridescent...imaginatively illustrated.” - The New York Times Book Review

  • Author: Carl Sagan
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, Astronomy & Space Science, Astronomy

                 

4. Chemistry (Quick Study Academic)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Scientific Reference - August 2021

BarCharts’ best-selling quick reference to chemistry has been updated and expanded in this new edition. With updated content and an additional panel of information, this popular guide is not only an essential companion for students in introductory chemistry courses but also a must-have refresher for students in higher-level courses. Author Mark D. Jackson, PhD, a scientist and university chemistry professor, has a gift for making the complicated subject of chemistry interesting and easy to understand―without the fluff. In this new edition, you will find more coverage of the subject, helpful illustrations, chemical problems, and practical applications, making this a study tool you won’t want to be without.

  • Author: Inc. BarCharts
  • Publisher: QuickStudy; Lam Crds edition (May 31, 2012)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Chemistry
  • ISBN: 978-1423218593
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.06 inches

                 

5. Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Scientific Reference - August 2021

"FASCINATING . . . MEMORABLE . . . REVEALING . . . PERHAPS THE BEST OF CARL SAGAN''S BOOKS." -- The Washington Post Book World (front page review) In Cosmos , the late astronomer Carl Sagan cast his gaze over the magnificent mystery of the Universe and made it accessible to millions of people around the world. Now in this stunning sequel, Carl Sagan completes his revolutionary journey through space and time. Future generations will look back on our epoch as the time when the human race finally broke into a radically new frontier--space. In Pale Blue Dot Sagan traces the spellbinding history of our launch into the cosmos and assesses the future that looms before us as we move out into our own solar system and on to distant galaxies beyond. The exploration and eventual settlement of other worlds is neither a fantasy nor luxury, insists Sagan, but rather a necessary condition for the survival of the human race. "TAKES READERS FAR BEYOND Cosmos . . . Sagan sees humanity''s future in the stars." -- Chicago Tribune Introductory music from the original score for COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey composed by Alan Silvestri, used with permission from Cosmos Studios, Inc. and Chappers Music. All rights reserved. Special thanks to Fuzzy Planets, Inc.

  • Author: Carl Sagan
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering, Aerospace, Astronautics & Space Flight

                 



6. Evolution: The Human Story, 2nd Edition


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Scientific Reference - August 2021

Travel back in time eight million years to explore the roots of the human family tree. Interweaving latest discoveries, maps, and incredible illustrations, Evolution tells the story of our origins and helps us better understand our species, from tree-dwelling primates to modern 21st-century humans. Renowned Dutch paleoartists the Kennis brothers bring our ancestors to life with their beautiful, accurate reconstructions that visually trace each step in our evolutionary history. Combined with clear prose, this comprehensive yet accessible book provides a rich history of each stage of human evolution, from human anatomy and behaviour to the environment we live in. It also explains how Homo sapiens originated, evolved, and then migrated and colonized the entire planet. Written and authenticated by a team of experts and with a foreword by Dr Alice Roberts, Evolution is a sweeping account of humans and our place in it.

  • Author: Alice Dr. Roberts
  • Publisher: DK; Revised edition (July 10, 2018)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1465474018
  • Dimensions: 10.25 x 0.87 x 12.13 inches

                 

7. Physics (Quick Study Academic) (Qucik Study Academic)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Scientific Reference - August 2021

Reference and outline to concepts in physics.

  • Author: Inc. BarCharts
  • Publisher: QuickStudy; Lam Crds edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Physics
  • ISBN: 978-1423203100
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.06 inches

                 

8. The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America's Bees


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Scientific Reference - August 2021

The ultimate bee book for bee enthusiasts and experts alike The Bees in Your Backyard provides an engaging introduction to the roughly 4,000 different bee species found in the United States and Canada, dispelling common myths about bees while offering essential tips for telling them apart in the field. The book features more than 900 stunning color photos of the bees living all around us―in our gardens and parks, along nature trails, and in the wild spaces between. It describes their natural history, including where they live, how they gather food, their role as pollinators, and even how to attract them to your own backyard. Ideal for amateur naturalists and experts alike, it gives detailed accounts of every bee family and genus in North America, describing key identification features, distributions, diets, nesting habits, and more. Provides the most comprehensive and accessible guide to all bees in the United States and Canada Features more than 900 full-color photos Offers helpful identification tips and pointers for studying bees Includes a full chapter on how to attract bees to your backyard

  • Author: Joseph S. Wilson
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (November 24, 2015)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0691160771
  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 9.9 inches

                 

9. The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Scientific Reference - August 2021

The classic personal account of Watson and Crick’s groundbreaking discovery of the structure of DNA, now with an introduction by Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind . By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only twenty-four, a young scientist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world-class researchers to solve one of science’s greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts, very human ambitions, and bitter rivalries. With humility unspoiled by false modesty, Watson relates his and Crick’s desperate efforts to beat Linus Pauling to the Holy Grail of life sciences, the identification of the basic building block of life. Never has a scientist been so truthful in capturing in words the flavor of his work.

  • Author: James D. Watson
  • Publisher: Touchstone; First Touchstone Edition (June 1, 2001)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0743216302
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches

                 

10. Periodic Table Advanced (Quick Study)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Scientific Reference - August 2021

The ultimate reference tool and lab partner for any student of science, durably laminated and designed to fit as much info as possible in this handy 6-page format. Separate property tables are broken out for the ease of locating trends while studying and working while other pages offer essential notes about the table’s organization and history. Consistently, a best seller since it’s first creation.

  • Author: Inc. BarCharts
  • Publisher: QuickStudy; Reissue edition (December 31, 2014)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Chemistry
  • ISBN: 978-1423224310
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.06 inches