The 5 Best Science Books for People Who Aren’t Scientists
Science can be an intimidating subject for many, especially if the last time you picked up a science book was in high school chemistry class. But when explained in clear language and understandable terms, science is a fascinating subject everyone can enjoy. At Em Writes, our writing gurus are experts at breaking down — not watering down — complex topics like science, so it’s no surprise that we’re always on the hunt for great examples of science writing. Here are our picks for the five best science books of the year—guaranteed to captivate non-scientists and scientists alike.
A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
This is a great book for those looking for a broad overview of a wide variety of science topics. As the title itself states, Bill Bryson dives into a brief history of various science topics, from how cells work to the age of Earth. In writing this book, Bryson’s goal was to help non-scientists like himself appreciate how science works and how intertwines with our daily life.
My Beloved Brontosaurus, by Brian Switek
One of the best ways to simplify a complex topic is to share it in story form. Brian Switek does just that by melding a memoir with a scientific overview of dinosaurs. Throughout the book, Switek draws on his childhood when he first became obsessed with dinosaurs and compares his first ideas of what dinosaurs were with what scientists know today about dinosaurs.
The 4% Universe, by Richard Panek
Cosmology is anything but a simple concept. However, the hallmark of a successful science writer is the ability to explain a tough subject in layman’s terms. In The 4% Universe, Richard Panek takes the reader on a tour of modern cosmology and its dark history. Incorporating interviews and reporting, this book provides an in-depth yet comprehensible portrait of the dark energy that makes up 96% of the universe.
Black Holes and Time Warps, by Kip Thorne
Relativity has fascinated scientists and non-scientists alike since Einstein revealed his theory in 1915. If you’ve ever wanted to know about black holes and time warps, Kip Thorne’s book is for you. Thanks to a mix of personal narrative and historical overview, Black Holes and Time Warps is an enjoyable and engaging read that is ideal for non-science majors.
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters, by Matt Ridley
Matt Ridley is a great example of a science writer who can explain the complex in simplified terms. In Genome, he guides his readers through an investigation into the Human Genome Project. Rather than diving into the most obtuse corners of the topic, Ridley instead focuses on the most enticing topics, including genes associated with intelligence, cancer, and more. Forgoing technical jargon, Ridley translates technical jargon into English.
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