Great Reads in the Sciences

Great Reads in the Sciences


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The Science Library has a collection of over 500,000 items from books to CD-ROMs.  Not all of these are just for research.  You will find the latest best-sellers and classics in the sciences here as well.  These are the books that have inspired major motion pictures, sparked controversy, and even redefined the way we think about the world. 

Come to the first floor of the Science Library and check out some of the great reads we have found in our collection.  You can even form your own reading list by doing a Popular Works search.  Here you can find an alphabetical listing of subjects.  Just click on the one that interests you most and you'll find great books to read. 





Next time you're in the Science Library, remember to pick up a great read!



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Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters / Matt Ridley

New York : Harper Collins, 1999.
QH431 .R475 1999

The Holographic Universe / Michael Talbot

New York : Harper Perennial
QC449 .T35 1992

Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures / Carl Zimmer

New York : Atria Books, 2002.
QL757 .Z56 2000

Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Food You're Eating / Jeffrey M. Smith

Fairfield, IA : Yes Books, 2003
TP248.65 .F66 S64 2003


High Tide: the Truth about our Climate Crisis / Mark Lynas

New York : Picador, 2004
QC981.8 .G56 L98 2004



Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid / Douglas R. Hofstadter 

New York : Basic Books, 1999
QA9.8 .H63 1999


Jell-O: a Biography / Carolyn Wyman

San Diego : Harcourt, 2001
TX814.5 .G4 W96 2001


More Great Reads in the Sciences

  • And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic / Randy Shilts
    New York : St. Martin's Press, 1987
    RA644 .A25 S48 1987
  • Annals of the Former World / John McPhee
    New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1998
    QE77 .M38 1998
  • A Brief History of Time: from the Big Bang to Black Holes / Stephen Hawking
    London : Bantam, 1988
    QB981 .H377 1988

  • CHANEL / Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton
    New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005
    TT502 .K63 2005
  • Darwin's Black Box: the Biochemical Challenge to Evolution / Michael J. Behe
    New York : Free Press, 1996
    QH325 .B365 1996
  • The Great Influenza: the Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History / John M. Barry
    New York : Viking, 2004
    RC150.4 .B37 2004
  • The Nose: a Profile of Sex, Beauty, and Survival / Gabrielle Glaser
    New York : Atria Books, 2002
    QP458 .G53 2002

  • Tears of the Cheetah: and other Tales from the Genetic Frontier / Stephen J. O'Brian
    New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2003
    QH432 .O276 2003

  • Zero: the Biography of a Dangerous Idea / Charles Seife
    New York : Viking, 2000.
    QA141 .S45 2000


Additional Great Reads not in this Exhibit:

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything / Bill Bryson
    New York : Broadway Books, 2003.
    Q162 .B88 2003

  • The Spirit Catches you and you Fall Down: a Hmong Child, her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures / Anne Fadiman
    New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1997
    RA418.5 .T73 F33 1997

  • The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory / Brian Greene
    New York : W. W. Norton, 1999
    QC794.6 .S85 G76 1999

  • Prime Obsession: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics / John Derbyshire
    Washington, D.C. : Joseph Henry Press, 2003
    QA246 .D47 2003

  • The Hot Zone / Richard Preston
    New York : Random House, 1994
    RC140.5 .P74 1994



For more great reads and award-winning books, visit these sites:

Pulitzer Prize Home

National Book Foundation - The National Book Awards

Nobel Prize in Literature - List of Laureates

New York Times Best Sellers



This exhibit was created in April 2006 and designed by Carla Reeske.

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Last modified: 11/22/2006 9:42 AM by by C. Reeske

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