Best Popular Science Books

Excellent popular science books that will help you broaden your horizons and understand how the world around us really works.

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Popular science books not only allow us to learn more about the world around us. They allow us to broaden our horizons, which makes us more interesting to talk to and to think about.

And, most importantly, these books often lead to unusual ideas and reflections that can have a positive impact on our lives and work.

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Best Popular Science Books

Here I have collected the best popular science books I have read. The order of the books in the list is not important, so you can choose and read the books in any order.

Science and Progress

The Blind Watchmaker

Richard Dawkins

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The Demon-Haunted World

Carl Sagan

eBook Print | Audiobook

The Golden Bough

James George Frazer

eBook Print | Audiobook

Math with Bad Drawings

Ben Orlin

eBook Print 

Infinite Powers

Steven Strogatz

eBook Print | Audiobook

The God Equation

Michio Kaku

eBook Print | Audiobook

Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware

Charles Petzold


Brain and Thinking


Leonard Mlodinow

eBook Print | Audiobook


Robert Sapolsky

eBook Print | Audiobook

The Chimp Paradox

Steve Peters

eBook Print | Audiobook

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman

eBook Print | Audiobook

On Aggression

Konrad Lorenz

eBook Print 

We Are Our Brains

Dick Swaab

eBook Print 

Countries and Economy

The Theory of the Leisure Class

Thorstein Veblen

eBook Print 

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

Michael Lewis

eBook Print | Audiobook

The Narrow Corridor

Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson

eBook Print | Audiobook

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

Samuel P. Huntington

eBook Print | Audiobook

The Outlaw Ocean

Ian Urbina

eBook Print | Audiobook

The Big Short

Michael Lewis

eBook Print | Audiobook

The World Around Us

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson

eBook Print | Audiobook

Centuries of Change

Ian Mortimer

Print | Audiobook


Carl Sagan

eBook Print | Audiobook

A Brief History of Time

Stephen Hawking

eBook Print | Audiobook

The Evolution of Everything

Matt Ridley

eBook Print | Audiobook

Microbe Hunters

Paul de Kruif

eBook Print | Audiobook

The Riddle of the Labyrinth

Margalit Fox

eBook Print | Audiobook

More Popular Science Books

The Spark of Life

Frances Ashcrof

eBook Print 

Life 3.0

Max Tegmark

eBook Print | Audiobook

Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime

Val McDermid

eBook Print | Audiobook

Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

Matt Ridley

eBook Print | Audiobook

«Everything is theoretically impossible until it is done»

— Robert A. Heinlein


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