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List of famous popular science books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular popular science books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best popular science novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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A Brief History of Time is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Stephen Hawking Historia del Tiempo is a book written by Stephen Hawking.

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A Briefer History of Time is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Eric Schulman A Briefer History of Time is a science humor book by the American astronomer Eric Schulman. In this book, Schulman presents humorous summaries of what he claims are the fifty-three most ...more

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A Briefer History of Time is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Stephen Hawking A Briefer History of Time is a popular-science book published in 2005 from the English physicist Stephen Hawking and the American physicist Leonard Mlodinow. It is an update and rewrite of ...more

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A Universe from Nothing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Lawrence M. Krauss A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing is a book by physicist Lawrence M. Krauss, first published in 2012, discussing modern cosmogony and its implications for the ...more

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Black Holes and Baby Universes... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Stephen Hawking Black Holes and Baby Universes and other Essays is a popular science book by English astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. This book is a collection of essays and lectures written by Hawking, mainly ...more

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Chaos: Making a New Science is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
James Gleick Chaos: Making A New Science is the best-selling book by James Gleick that first introduced the principles and early development of chaos theory to the public. It was a finalist for the National ...more

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Cosmos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Carl Sagan Cosmos is a popular science book by astronomer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Sagan. Its 13 illustrated chapters, corresponding to the 13 episodes of the Cosmos TV series, which the book ...more

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Flatterland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Ian Stewart Flatterland is a 2001 book by mathematician and science popularizer Ian Stewart about non-Euclidean geometry. It was written as a sequel to Flatland, an 1884 novel that discussed different

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From here to infinity is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Ian Stewart From Here to Infinity: A Guide to Today's Mathematics, a 1996 book by mathematician and science popularizer Ian Stewart, is a guide to modern mathematics for the general reader. It aims to ...more

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George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Stephen Hawking, Lucy Hawking George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt is a 2009 children's book written by Stephen and Lucy Hawking. George and Annie, the middle-school cosmologists, return in this sequel to the 2007 story, George's ...more

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George's Secret Key to the Uni... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Stephen Hawking, Lucy Hawking George's Secret Key to the Universe is a 2007 children's book written by Lucy and Stephen Hawking with Christophe Galfard. The book was followed by two sequels, George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt in ...more

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Hyperspace is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Michio Kaku Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension is a book by Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist from the City College of New York. It focuses on ...more

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In Search of Schrödinger's Cat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
John Gribbin In Search of Schrödinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality is a book written by physicist John Gribbin on quantum theory, discussing in layman's terms its logic and many interpretations. ...more

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Jolanta Antas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Jolanta Antas is a Polish scientist and professor of linguistics at the Jagiellonian University of Kraków. She is the head of the Institute of Theory of Communication at the Faculty of ...more

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On Lies and Lying is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Jolanta Antas

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Parallel Worlds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Michio Kaku Parallel Worlds; A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos is a popular science book by Michio Kaku first published in 2004.

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Physics of the Future is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Michio Kaku Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 is a 2011 book by theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, author of Hyperspace and Physics of the ...more

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Prime Obsession is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
John Derbyshire Prime Obsession: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics is a historical book on mathematics by John Derbyshire, detailing the history of the Riemann hypothesis, named ...more

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Relativity in curved spacetime is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels

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Ten Technologies to Fix Energy... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Chris Goodall Ten Technologies to Fix Energy and Climate or Ten Technologies to Save the Planet is a popular science book by Chris Goodall first published in 2008 and re-issued in 2009 by Profile Books. Its ...more

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The Body has a Mind of Its Own is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Sandra Blakeslee, Matthew Blakeslee Popular science neuropsychology book focused on how the mind maps the body.

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The Emperor of Scent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Chandler Burr

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The Five Ages of the Universe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Fred Adams, Greg Laughlin The Five Ages of the Universe is a popular science book written by Professor Fred Adams and Professor Gregory P. Laughlin about the future of an expanding universe first published in 1999.

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The Grand Design is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow The Grand Design is a popular-science book written by physicists Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow and published by Bantam Books in 2010. It argues that invoking God is not necessary to ...more

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The Information: A History, a ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
James Gleick The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood is a book by science history writer James Gleick, author of Chaos: Making a New Science. It covers the genesis of our current information age. The ...more

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The Left Stuff: How the Left-H... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Melissa Roth Melissa Roth's scientific and cultural exploration of left-handedness.

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The Man Who Would Be Queen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
J. Michael Bailey The Man Who Would Be Queen: The Science of Gender-Bending and Transsexualism is a 2003 book by J. Michael Bailey, published by Joseph Henry Press. In the first section of the book, Bailey ...more

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The Music of the Primes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Marcus du Sautoy The Music of the Primes is a 2003 book by Marcus du Sautoy, a professor in mathematics at the University of Oxford, on the history of prime number theory. In particular he examines the Riemann ...more

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The Naked Woman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Desmond Morris The Naked Woman is a book by zoologist Desmond Morris. It describes the female body from an evolutionary point of view. It is divided in several chapters, each dedicated to a part of the body, ...more

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The Road to Reality is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Roger Penrose The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe is a book on modern physics by the British mathematical physicist Roger Penrose, published in 2004. It covers the basics of the ...more

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Unscientific America is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Chris Mooney Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future is a nonfiction book by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum. It was a New York Times best seller. In the book, the authors ...more

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Wittgenstein's Beetle and Othe... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Popular Science Books and Novels
Martin Cohen Wittgenstein's Beetle is a book by Martin Cohen, perhaps better known for his popular introductions to philosophy, such as 101 Philosophy Problems. It was selected by The Guardian as one of its ...more