Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Essays & Commentary - August 2021

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

1. A Short History of Nearly Everything

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Essays & Commentary - August 2021

One of the world’s most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer. In A Walk in the Woods , Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail -- well, most of it. In In A Sunburned Country , he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining. From the Hardcover edition.

  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, Astronomy & Space Science, Astronomy


2. The Grand Biocentric Design: How Life Creates Reality

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Essays & Commentary - August 2021

What if life isn't just a part of the universe . . . what if it determines the very structure of the universe itself? The theory that blew your mind in  Biocentrism  and  Beyond Biocentrism  is back, with brand-new research revealing the startling truth about our existence. What is consciousness? Why are we here? Where did it all come from—the laws of nature, the stars, the universe? Humans have been asking these questions forever, but science hasn't succeeded in providing many answers—until now. In The Grand Biocentric Design , Robert Lanza, one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People," is joined by theoretical physicist Matej Pavšic and astronomer Bob Berman to shed light on the big picture that has long eluded philosophers and scientists alike. This engaging, mind-stretching exposition of how the history of physics has led us to Biocentrism—the idea that life creates reality-takes readers on a step-by-step adventure into the great science breakthroughs of the past centuries, from Newton to the weirdness of quantum theory, culminating in recent revelations that will challenge everything you think you know about our role in the universe. ​This book offers the most complete explanation of the science behind Biocentrism to date, delving into the origins of the memorable principles introduced in previous books in this series, as well as introducing new principles that complete the theory. The authors dive deep into topics including consciousness, time, and the evidence that our observations-or even knowledge in our minds-can affect how physical objects behave. The Grand Biocentric Design is a one-of-a-kind, groundbreaking explanation of how the universe works, and an exploration of the science behind the astounding fact that time, space, and reality itself, all ultimately depend upon us.

  • Author: Robert Lanza
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (November 17, 2020)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Astronomy & Space Science
  • ISBN: 978-1950665402
  • Dimensions: 6.25 x 1.1 x 9.31 inches


3. How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Essays & Commentary - August 2021

AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   “How To will make you laugh as you learn…With How To , you can't help but appreciate the glorious complexity of our universe and the amazing breadth of humanity's effort to comprehend it. If you want some lightweight edification, you won't go wrong with How To .” — CNET   “ How To has science and jokes in it, so 10/10 can recommend.” —Simone Giertz The world's most entertaining and useless self-help guide from the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the bestsellers  What If?  and  Thing Explainer For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach. It's full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole. Bestselling author and cartoonist Randall Munroe explains how to predict the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos. He teaches you how to tell if you're a baby boomer or a 90's kid by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and powering your house by destroying the fabric of space-time. And if you want to get rid of the book once you're done with it, he walks you through your options for proper disposal, including dissolving it in the ocean, converting it to a vapor, using tectonic plates to subduct it into the Earth's mantle, or launching it into the Sun. By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe doesn't just make things difficult for himself and his readers. As he did so brilliantly in What If? , Munroe invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible. Full of clever infographics and fun illustrations, How To is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.

  • Author: Randall Munroe
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books; Illustrated edition (September 3, 2019)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Humor
  • ISBN: 978-0525537090
  • Dimensions: 7.22 x 1 x 9.3 inches


4. Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Essays & Commentary - August 2021

Learn from a Nobel Peace Prize winner in this entertaining and educational guide to physics, written for the enjoyment of curious beginners and aspiring scientists alike. It was Richard Feynman's outrageous and scintillating method of teaching that earned him legendary status among students and professors of physics. From 1961 to 1963, Feynman delivered a series of lectures at the California Institute of Technology that revolutionized the teaching of physics around the world. Six Easy Pieces , taken from these famous Lectures on Physics, represent the most accessible material from the series. In these classic lessons, Feynman introduces the general reader to the following topics: atoms, basic physics, energy, gravitation, quantum mechanics, and the relationship of physics to other topics. With his dazzling and inimitable wit, Feynman presents each discussion with a minimum of jargon. Filled with wonderful examples and clever illustrations, Six Easy Pieces is the ideal introduction to the fundamentals of physics by one of the most admired and accessible physicists of modern times. "If one book was all that could be passed on to the next generation of scientists it would undoubtedly have to be Six Easy Pieces. "- John Gribbin, New Scientist

  • Author: Richard P. Feynman
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 4th edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Physics
  • ISBN: 978-0465025275
  • Dimensions: 5.38 x 0.5 x 8.25 inches


5. Gory Details: Adventures From the Dark Side of Science

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Essays & Commentary - August 2021

Filled to the brim with far-out facts, this wickedly informative narrative from the author of National Geographic's popular Gory Details blog takes us on a fascinating journey through an astonishing new reality. Blending humor and journalism in the tradition of Mary Roach, acclaimed science reporter Erika Engelhaupt investigates the gross, strange, and morbid absurdities of our bodies and our universe. From the research biologist who stung himself with every conceivable insect to the world's most murderous mammals, this entertaining book explores oft-ignored but alluring facets of biology, anatomy, space exploration, nature, and more. Featuring interviews with leading researchers in the field and a large dose of wit, this provocative book reveals the most intriguing real-world applications of science in all their glory.

  • Author: Erika Engelhaupt
  • Publisher: National Geographic (March 2, 2021)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Astronomy & Space Science
  • ISBN: 978-1426220975
  • Dimensions: 5.85 x 1.4 x 8.6 inches


6. What Is Life?: Five Great Ideas in Biology

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Essays & Commentary - August 2021

The Nobel Prize–winning scientist’s elegant explanation of the fundamental ideas in biology and their uses today. The renowned biologist Paul Nurse has spent his career revealing how living cells work. In What Is Life? , he takes up the challenge of describing what it means to be alive in a way that every reader can understand. It is a shared journey of discovery; step-by-step Nurse illuminates five great ideas that underpin biology―the Cell, the Gene, Evolution by Natural Selection, Life as Chemistry, and Life as Information. He introduces the scientists who made the most important advances, and, using his personal experiences in and out of the lab, he shares with us the challenges, the lucky breaks, and the thrilling eureka moments of discovery. Nurse writes with delight at life’s richness and with a sense of the urgent role of biology in our time. To survive the challenges that face us all today―climate change, pandemic, loss of biodiversity and food security―it is vital that we all understand what life is.

  • Author: Paul Nurse
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (February 2, 2021)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0393541151
  • Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches


7. Letters from an Astrophysicist

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Essays & Commentary - August 2021

New York Times Bestseller A luminous companion to the phenomenal bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry . Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has attracted one of the world’s largest online followings with his fascinating, widely accessible insights into science and our universe. Now, Tyson invites us to go behind the scenes of his public fame by revealing his correspondence with people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers. In this hand-picked collection of 101 letters, Tyson draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and of course, Pluto. His succinct, opinionated, passionate, and often funny responses reflect his popularity and standing as a leading educator. Tyson’s 2017 bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry offered more than one million readers an insightful and accessible understanding of the universe. Tyson’s most candid and heartfelt writing yet, Letters from an Astrophysicist introduces us to a newly personal dimension of Tyson’s quest to explore our place in the cosmos. 5 illustrations

  • Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated edition (October 8, 2019)
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Professionals & Academics
  • ISBN: 978-1324003311
  • Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.9 x 7.6 inches


8. Eloquence of the Sardine: Extraordinary Encounters Beneath the Sea

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Essays & Commentary - August 2021

If we were able to listen under water, what would we hear? What would we learn? How would it change us? With erudition and charm, marine scientist and orator Bill François takes us on a deep dive into the secret lives of the world’s aquatic creatures, from musical whales and immortal eels to the cod that discovered America and the herring that almost caused a military conflict ―to name but a few. We hear the songs of seahorses and scallops, eavesdrop on the conversations of lobsters, and swim in the glow of the fluorescent jellyfish. A poetic blend of ancient myths, modern science, and storytelling through the ages, Eloquence of the Sardine is an invitation and guide to a dreamlike underwater world where the legends are often more believable than the incredible reality. This is nature writing at its best ―informative, captivating, and accessible, with a personal angle, about an endlessly fascinating and still mysterious subject. A seafood platter or a day at the beach will never be the same.

  • Author: Bill François
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (August 17, 2021)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1250272430
  • Dimensions: 5.76 x 0.8 x 8.55 inches


9. Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Essays & Commentary - August 2021

"Tyson tackles a great range of subjects…with great humor, humility, and―most important―humanity." ― Entertainment Weekly Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. Bringing together more than forty of Tyson's favorite essays, Death by Black Hole explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from what it would be like to be inside a black hole to the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right. One of America's best-known astrophysicists, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious fascination for our universe.

  • Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition, 1st Printing (September 2, 2014)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Astronomy & Space Science
  • ISBN: 978-0393350388
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches


10. The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Science Essays & Commentary - August 2021

From a star theoretical physicist, a journey into the world of particle physics and the cosmos - and a call for a more just practice of science. In The Disordered Cosmos , Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein shares her love for physics, from the Standard Model of Particle Physics and what lies beyond it, to the physics of melanin in skin, to the latest theories of dark matter - all with a new spin informed by history, politics, and the wisdom of Star Trek .  One of the leading physicists of her generation, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is also one of fewer than 100 Black American women to earn a PhD from a department of physics. Her vision of the cosmos is vibrant, buoyantly nontraditional, and grounded in Black feminist traditions.  Prescod-Weinstein urges us to recognize how science, like most fields, is rife with racism, sexism, and other dehumanizing systems. She lays out a bold new approach to science and society that begins with the belief that we all have a fundamental right to know and love the night sky. The Disordered Cosmos dreams into existence a world that allows everyone to tap into humanity's wealth of knowledge about the wonders of the universe.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

  • Author: Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, Astronomy & Space Science, Astronomy