12 fascinating pop science reads

Rise of the Machines: the lost history of cybernetics

Rise of the Machines: the lost history of cybernetics

Thomas Rid

A sweeping exploration of man's relationship with machines, and the inventions and myths that shape our world.

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Elizabeth Kolbert

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions of life on earth. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid...

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 Special priceSilent Spring

Silent Spring

Rachel Carson

Exposes the destruction of wildlife through the widespread use of pesticides. This book aims to creates public awareness of the environment.

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Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently

Steve Silberman

Winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, this Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding and full participation...

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The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary edition

The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary edition

Richard Dawkins (Emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford.)

The 40th anniversary edition of the million copy international bestseller, with a new epilogue from the author. As relevant and influential today as when it was first published, this classic exposition of evolutionary...

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The Emperor of All Maladies

The Emperor of All Maladies

Siddhartha Mukherjee

Winner of the Guardian First Book Award 2011 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction 2011 Shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize 2011 Shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize

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Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help us to Understand Ourselves

Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help us to Understand Ourselves

Laurel Braitman

For the first time, a historian of science draws evidence from across the world to show how humans and other animals are astonishingly similar when it comes to their feelings and the ways in which they lose their minds --

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The Brain that Changes Itself: stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science

The Brain that Changes Itself: stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science

Norman Doidge

A new discovery called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the adult human brain is fixed and unchanging. It is, instead, able to change its own structure and function, even into old age. We see a woman...

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The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer

Sydney Padua

Deals with Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron: mathematician, gambler, and proto-programmer, and Charles Babbage, eccentric inventor of the Difference Engine.

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