Science Books for Your Kindle

By Maria Sosa, editor-in-chief, SB&F

So you just got a Kindle and you’re trying to figure out which books to get. Here are some great science books to read on your device. These books have been highly recommended by our reviewers in the AAAS review journal SB&F. And remember, you don’t really need a Kindle to read these great e-books. You can download the Kindle software for your computer or phone and even share the books across devices.

The books on this list are mostly recent publications, although I have included a few classics. (You may notice that there are a lot of Mary Roach books on this list. I really like Mary Roach!)

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010, (The Best American Series) by Freeman Dyson and Tim Folger. NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.

The Best American Science and Nature Writing, 2011  (The Best American Series) by Mary Roach and Tim Folger. NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, by Mary Roach. NY: Norton, 2008.

The Double Helixby James Watson. NY: Scribner Classics, 1976 edition.

The Emperor of all Maladies, by Siddhartha Mukherjee. NY: Simon & Schuster, 2010.

Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle, by Thor Hanson. NY: Basic Books, 2011.

Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love, by Dava Sobel. NY: Walker Books, 2009. (Copyright 1999).

Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth, by Mark Hertsgaard. NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2011.

The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance, by Jim al-Khalili. NY: Penguin, 2009.

How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival, by David Kaiser. NY: Norton, 2011.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebbeca Skloot. NY: Random House, 2010.

The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, by James Gleick.  NY: Pantheon, 2011.

The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions, by Karl W. Giberson and Francis S. Collins. IVP Books, 2011.

The Leafcutter Ants: Civilization by Instinct , by E. O. Wilson. NY: Norton, 2010.

A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos, by Dava Sobel. NY: Walker Books, 2011.

On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection, or, the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, by Charles Darwin. Public Domain. 1998 Edition. (Free)

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, by Mary Roach. NY: Norton 2011.

Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100, by Michio Kaku. NY: Doubleday, 2011.

Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, by Susan Freinkel . NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcout, 2011.

Science Fair Season: Twelve Kids, a Robot Named Scorch . . . and What It Takes to Win, by Judy Dutton. Hyperion, 2011.

Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy by Robert M. Hazen and James Trefil. NY: Anchor. Reprint Edition, 2009.

Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson.  NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Anv edition, 2002.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, by Mary Roach. NY: Norton, 2004.

"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character, by Richard Feynman. NY: Norton, 2010.

The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring, by Richard Prestong. NY: Norton, 2004.


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