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How To Pick From Our Top Science Books For Adults

In our impressive range of science books, you can learn loads of amazing new facts about physics, biology and chemistry. So, whatever your interests are or your specialist is, you will find plenty of brilliant books on the subject. Or, if you haven't studied science since school but have just found a renewed interest, you can discover which books need a place on your scientific reading list. We've divided up this list of great science books into the 3 main subjects so you can easily pick which book is right for you.

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1. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

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Carlo Rovelli

Uncover the mind-bending world of modern physics with Carlo Rovelli's 7 lessons. Taking you through Einstein's Theory of Relativity to the development of quantum mechanics, Carlo gives you a fascinating insight into the history of our understanding of physics. Thought-provoking and entertaining, this book is sure to turn you into a physics fan.


2. The Universe in Your Hand

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Christophe Galfard

Even if you know very little about physics, Christophe Galfard's book can open your eyes to the wonders of the universe. Written in a fun and easily understandable style, you can learn about quantum mechanics, parallel universes and the theory of relativity from the basics. Discover the history of the universe, from the beginning of time to present day and onwards into what the future holds.

3. How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog

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Chad Orzel

Physicist Dr Chad Orzel's dog Emmy is a very special pet. Chad believes she may be able to understand the complicated world of quantum physics! In this funny and unusual science book, Chad and Emmy, the talking dog, teach you the history of quantum physics, including quarks and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. Explore the universe with this quirky teaching team.



1. 50 Plants That Changed the Course of History

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Bill Laws

This is the perfect book for anyone with an interest in plants and how they have shaped our human history. From their medicinal properties to their uses in ceremonies and traditions, plants have played a huge role. Bill Laws' book includes 50 plants that he believes to have changed the course of history and he has judged each plant based on its influence in 4 different categories (Edible, Medicinal, Commercial and Practical). Unearth the amazing power of plants with this fascinating book.

2. The Human Body: A Family Reference Guide

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This brilliant biology book is written by medical experts and is a must for every household. Concise and easy to read, this book will help you all you need to know about the human body. Plus, it's fully illustrated with helpful diagrams to make understanding these biological systems easy. If you need to know the basics of biology, this book is just what you need.

3. On the Origin of Species

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Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin's immensely famous - and controversial - On the Origin of the Species is a must-read for biologists with an interest in the theory of evolution. Using his research on the lifeforms of the English countryside and his studies in the Galapagos Islands, Darwin's theories about how we, and all other creatures on Earth, have evolved into the beings we are today greatly challenged the popular beliefs of his day. However, we now regard Darwin's influence on scientific thought to be invaluable. Become acquainted with one of the most influential books in science history.


1. 50 Chemistry Ideas You Really Need to Know

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Hayley Birch

This book is a fascinating insight into the crazy world of chemistry. Hayley Birch presents 50 ideas you really need to know related to this branch of science, including details about nanotechnology, thermodynamics, microfabrication and more. As it's chopped up into 50 sections, this book is easy-to-read and a great place to start for anyone just getting into chemistry.


2. The Periodic Table

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Paul Parsons

Using the periodic table is one of the most well-remembered parts of studying chemistry at school (alongside doing experiments with Bunsen burners!) and in this book the history and uses of each of the 118 elements is explored in rich detail. From its first creation by Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869, the periodic table has been a key tool for our understanding of chemistry and of the makeup of the whole universe. This book makes an excellent present for chemistry fans everywhere.

3. The Disappearing Spoon

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Sam Kean

Find out about the most bizarre true stories surrounding the elements of the periodic table in Sam Kean's quirky science book. Discover why Gandhi hated iodine and how lithium cured Robert Lowell of madness in this great book of obscure facts and stories. Written in a witty format, this book is a great addition to every chemist's bookshelf.


We have brilliant science books on all topics of scientific study for you to enjoy, whether you're a newbie or a professional chemist, physicist or biologist, there's something for everyone.