Science books are filled with theories, equations, and tips so readers can gain more science knowledge that can direct them to a successful science career. Non-science people can also gain from science books because they contain information that can be helpful in daily situations. Below are just some of what is considered as the greatest science books of all time. The list includes classic and contemporary science books from renowned scientists and historical figures.
The Voyage of the Beagle
To begin this list, it’s appropriate to start with one of the most influential and important science books of all time. The Voyage of the Beagle was written by Charles Darwin and it retells the tale of his 5-year voyage, specifically his visit to the Galápagos Islands. The book was written in 1845 yet surprisingly, it’s easy to read. This book can be followed by Darwin’s other masterpiece, The Origin of Species, written in 1859 to discuss his theory of evolution by natural selection. With these two books, Darwin helped to understand life, humanity, and religions all through concepts and theories of science.
Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
The oldest book in this list was written in 1687 by Sir Isaac Newton himself. Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica deconstructs mathematical concepts like ellipses, parabolas, and tangents. It also discusses the three famous laws of motion. Through mathematics, Newton also mentions the path of comets, the similarity between sound waves and pond ripples, and the role of gravity as a guidance for the orbit of the moon. Due to its age, it may be quite difficult to read due to heavy words and terms. However, anyone with a high school education should be able to understand Newton and his mathematical principles just fine.
Relativity: The Special and General Theory
This book was written by one of the greatest and most influential modern scientist in history. Relativity: The Special and General Theory was written by Albert Einstein in 1916 and focuses on the famous theory of relativity. This book was written for those who lack an understanding of math and physics. Einstein began his book with a preface that admits the book requires “a fair amount of patience and force of will on the part of the reader”. Those who are willing and eager to learn about time and space should be able to read the book with no problem at all.
What Is Life?
What is Life? tackles one of the most recurring rhetorical questions of all time. Erwin Schrödinger (yes, the man responsible for the Schrödinger’s cat phenomena) wrote this biology book in 1944. The book discusses how living organisms are different from inanimate objects like crystals. Schrödinger also mentioned Darwin in the book and how he was fascinated with his theory of evolution. Darwin’s theory became the foundation of What Is Life?.
The Cosmic Connection
Contemporary scientist, Carl Sagan, famous for his television Cosmos, wrote this book in 1973 in a time when NASA ended the Apollo program. Sagan discusses the majesty of space and the universe. Starting with our own solar system, Sagan then brought up notions of the possible existence of extraterrestrial life that can be found in one solar system among millions of others. The Cosmic Connection is a great companion to the television series and it’s perfect for those questioning human existence and our significance in this universe.