Sunday, April 16, 2006

science writers meme

Here's a very biased selection of popular science writing. I've tried to include some classics and some new releases. I started with my bookshelf and wishlist, perused a few Amazon lists, and check the blogs of a few of my favorite scientists. If you decide to adopt the meme, please add your own favorites and let me know.

Instructions: Bold the books you've read, and italicize the books you've been intending to read (when you just have a bit more time). Cross out the books you've no interest in reading and put ? marks around the ones of which you've never heard.


Mark Bowen - Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World's Highest Mountains
Rachel Carson - Silent Spring
Marla Cone - Silent Snow: The Slow Poisoning of the Arctic
Charles Darwin - Voyage of the Beagle
Devra Lee Davis - When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle Against Pollution
Richard Dawkins - The Selfish Gene
Jared Diamond - Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Society
Paul Ehrlich - The Population Bomb
Kerry Emanuel - Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes
Richard Feynman - The Feynman Lectures on Physics
Stephen Jay Gould - Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History
John Gribbin: In Search of Schrodinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality
Stephen Hawking - A Brief History of Time
Elizabeth Kolbert - Field Notes from a Catastrophe
Kevin Krajick - Barren Lands
Luna Leopold - A View of the River
Jon Luoma - Hidden Forest: Biography of an Ecosystem
John McPhee - Control of Nature
Madeline Nash - feature articles in Time magazine
Gregory Paul - Dinosaurs of the Air
E.C. Pielou - After the Ice Age
Stephen Pinker - The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
Michael Pollan - The Botany of Desire: A Plant's Eye View of the World
David Quammen - Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinction
Marc Reisner - Cadillac Desert
Matt Ridley - The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
William Ruddiman - Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate
Carl Sagan - Cosmos
Dava Sobel - Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
Peter Ward - Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe
Samantha Weinberg - A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelocanth
E.O. Wilson - On Human Nature
Simon Winchester - Krakatoa
James Woodford - The Wollemi Pine
Gary Zukav - The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics

5 comments:

trayser said...

Interesting meme .. :-)

You might also find this interesting :
http://www.librarything.com
[although it does not have a way to capture read/unread/wishlist/strikeout as easily as you have put. But you can have tags for that]

My Books are @
http://www.librarything.com/catalog/trayser

-trayser
[http://trayser.srujan.org]

turtlebella said...

Cool meme. I am going to steal it just as soon as my jet-lagged brain can remember my favorite science writing...I know I have some to add, just.can't.access.that.part.of.brain.

turtlebella said...

ok, it's here...

http://turtlebella.wordpress.com/2006/04/18/science-writers-meme/

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