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Popular science books

See below for a selection of the latest books from Popular science category. Presented with a red border are the Popular science books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading.

With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Popular science books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!


Recently Published

Realtime Stories of Flight, Death and Emergency Medicine by Kevin Fong Realtime Stories of Flight, Death and Emergency Medicine

Professor Kevin Fong flies with the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, making split-second, life-or-death decisions in the most extreme circumstances.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/11/2017

Swearing Is Good For You The Amazing Science of Bad Language by Emma Byrne Swearing Is Good For You The Amazing Science of Bad Language

Swearing, it turns out, is an incredibly useful part of our linguistic repertoire. Not only has some form of swearing existed since the earliest humans began to communicate, but it has been shown to reduce physical pain, help stroke victims...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/11/2017

The Physics of Star Wars The Science Behind a Galaxy Far, Far Away by Patrick Johnson The Physics of Star Wars The Science Behind a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Explore the physics behind the world of Star Wars, perfect for every Star Wars fan!
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2017

Void The Strange Physics of Nothing by James Owen Weatherall Void The Strange Physics of Nothing

Why nothing may hold the key to the next era of theoretical physics
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2017

Understanding Animal Behaviour by Rory Putman Understanding Animal Behaviour

A highly readable and accessible introduction to current knowledge about the way animals behave. Comprehensive and authoritative. Beautifully illustrated throughout by wildlife artist Catherine Putman.
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2017

Evolution in Minutes by Darren Naish Evolution in Minutes

Evolution's key concepts, rival theories, history and politics explained and illustrated - in minutes
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017

And Then You're Dead A Scientific Exploration of the World's Most Interesting Ways to Die by Paul Doherty And Then You're Dead A Scientific Exploration of the World's Most Interesting Ways to Die

The ideal stocking filler for anyone looking for some good, clean, grisly fun this Christmas.
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017

I, Mammal The Story of What Makes Us Mammals by Liam Drew I, Mammal The Story of What Makes Us Mammals

Humans are mammals. Most of us appreciate that at some level. But what does it mean for us to have more in common with a horse and an elephant than we do with a parrot, snake or frog? After a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017

I, Mammal The Story of What Makes Us Mammals by Liam Drew I, Mammal The Story of What Makes Us Mammals

Humans are mammals. Most of us appreciate that at some level. But what does it mean for us to have more in common with a horse and an elephant than we do with a parrot, snake or frog? After a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017

DE/CIPHER The Greatest Codes Ever Invented - And How to Break Them by Mark Frary DE/CIPHER The Greatest Codes Ever Invented - And How to Break Them

Codes win wars, conceal state secrets, protect privacy, secure banks and transmit messages. Through forty - five of the world's most influential codes and ciphers, Codes presents a compelling insight into the art and science of cryptography. Structured chronologically Codes...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/10/2017

How the Zebra Got its Stripes Tales from the Weird and Wonderful World of Evolution by Leo Grasset How the Zebra Got its Stripes Tales from the Weird and Wonderful World of Evolution

Why do giraffes have such long necks? Why are zebras striped? Why are buffalo herds broadly democratic while elephants prefer dictatorships? What explains the architectural brilliance of the termite mound or the complications of the hyena's sex life? And why...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/10/2017

Graphic Science Seven Journeys of Discovery by Darryl Cunningham Graphic Science Seven Journeys of Discovery

Celebrated cartoonist Darryl Cunningham draws compelling portraits of seven scientists who for reasons of gender, race, mental health, poverty - excessive wealth, even - have not won the recognition they deserve. Antoine Lavoisier, Mary Anning, George Washington Carver, Alfred Wegener,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/10/2017

How Evolution Explains Everything About Life From Darwin's brilliant idea to today's epic theory by New Scientist How Evolution Explains Everything About Life From Darwin's brilliant idea to today's epic theory

The journey of a lifetime exploring the question of whether life is inevitable or a one-off fluke, and how it got kick-started.
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

Machines that Think Everything you need to know about the coming age of artificial intelligence by New Scientist Machines that Think Everything you need to know about the coming age of artificial intelligence

Machines That Think explores how artificial intelligence helps us understand human intelligence, machines that compose music and write stories - and asks if AI is really a threat.
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

Furry Logic The Physics of Animal Life by Matin Durrani, Liz Kalaugher Furry Logic The Physics of Animal Life
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The animal world is full of mysteries. Why do dogs slurp from their drinking bowls while cats lap up water with a delicate flick of the tongue? How does a tiny turtle hatchling from Florida circle the entire northern Atlantic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

Coming Soon

A Final Story Science, Myth, and Beginnings by Nasser Zakariya A Final Story Science, Myth, and Beginnings

Popular science readers embrace epics the sweeping stories that claim to tell the history of all the universe, from the cosmological to the biological to the social. And the appeal is understandable: in writing these works, authors such as E....
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/11/2017

100 Things to See in the Night Sky From Planets and Satellites to Meteors and Constellations, Your Guide to Stargazing by Dean Regas 100 Things to See in the Night Sky From Planets and Satellites to Meteors and Constellations, Your Guide to Stargazing

A handy field guide for the best stargazing experience whether in your own back yard, camping, or travelling!
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/11/2017

Einstein for the 21st Century His Legacy in Science, Art, and Modern Culture by Peter L. Galison Einstein for the 21st Century His Legacy in Science, Art, and Modern Culture

More than fifty years after his death, Albert Einstein's vital engagement with the world continues to inspire others, spurring conversations, projects, and research, in the sciences as well as the humanities. Einstein for the 21st Century shows us why he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/11/2017

Breaking the Chains of Gravity The Story of Spaceflight before NASA by Amy Shira Teitel Breaking the Chains of Gravity The Story of Spaceflight before NASA

The revealing backstory of spaceflight before the establishment of NASA.
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/11/2017

Reinventing the Wheel Milk, Microbes and the Fight for Real Cheese by Bronwen Percival, Francis Percival Reinventing the Wheel Milk, Microbes and the Fight for Real Cheese
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Wine and Spirits Book of the Year 2017 In little more than a century, the drive towards industrial and intensive farming has altered every aspect of the cheesemaking process, from the bodies of the animals that provide the milk to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/11/2017

A Most Improbable Journey A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves by Walter Alvarez A Most Improbable Journey A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves

A thrilling synthesis from a brilliant scientist who discovered one of the most important chapters in our history. -Sean B. Carroll
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/12/2017

The Reality Frame Relativity and our place in the universe by Brian Clegg The Reality Frame Relativity and our place in the universe

A thrilling journey from empty space all the way to the human mind.
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/12/2017

Ocean Worlds The story of seas on Earth and other planets by Jan (Senior Lecturer in Geology at the University of Leicester) Zalasiewicz, Mark (Professor in Geology at the Univer Williams Ocean Worlds The story of seas on Earth and other planets
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Oceans feed us and affect our climate. With climate change, pollution, and overfishing, our oceans are at risk as never before. Yet we are only just learning their history and processes. Here, Zalasiewicz and Williams describe what we know of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/12/2017

Pseudoscience The Conspiracy Against Science by Allison B. (Research Scientist, University of Connecticut) Kaufman Pseudoscience The Conspiracy Against Science
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Case studies, personal accounts, and analysis show how to recognize and combat pseudoscience in a post-truth world.In a post-truth, fake news world, we are particularly susceptible to the claims of pseudoscience. When emotions and opinions are more widely disseminated than...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/12/2017

The Origins of Everything in 100 Pages (More or Less) by David Bercovici The Origins of Everything in 100 Pages (More or Less)

Covering 13.8 billion years in some 100 pages, a calculatedly concise, wryly intelligent history of everything, from the Big Bang to the advent of human civilization With wonder, wit, and flair-and in record time and space-geophysicist David Bercovici explains how...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/01/2018

The Other Side of Happiness Embracing a More Fearless Approach to Living by Brock Bastian The Other Side of Happiness Embracing a More Fearless Approach to Living


Format: Paperback - Released: 02/01/2018

We Do Things Differently The Outsiders Rebooting Our World by Mark Stevenson We Do Things Differently The Outsiders Rebooting Our World

Our systems are failing. Old models - for education, healthcare and government, food production, energy supply - are creaking under the weight of modern challenges. As the world's population heads towards 10 billion, it's clear we need new approaches. Futurologist...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/01/2018

A Taste for the Beautiful The Evolution of Attraction by Michael J. Ryan A Taste for the Beautiful The Evolution of Attraction

From one of the world's leading authorities on animal behavior, the astonishing story of how the female brain drives the evolution of beauty in animals and humans Darwin developed the theory of sexual selection to explain why the animal world...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/01/2018

The Other Left Side Left and Right in Evolution and Other Essays by Tijs Goldschmidt The Other Left Side Left and Right in Evolution and Other Essays


Format: Hardback - Released: 09/01/2018

Frankenstein & the Birth of Science by Joel Levy Frankenstein & the Birth of Science

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was conceived against the backdrop of rapid change in the scientific world. Frankenstein and The Birth of Science offers an engrossing insight into the world of science in late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century Europe, through the prism of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/01/2018

Other books in this genre

Soonish Ten Emerging Technologies That Will Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Dr. Kelly Weinersmith, Zach Weinersmith Soonish Ten Emerging Technologies That Will Improve and/or Ruin Everything
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From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, an illustrated investigation into future technologiesWhat will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why don't we have a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/10/2017

Tamed Ten Species that Changed our World by Dr. Alice Roberts Tamed Ten Species that Changed our World

**`A masterpiece of evocative scientific storytelling.' BRIAN COX**The extraordinary story of the species that became our allies.She reveals how becoming part of our world changed these animals and plants, and shows how they became our allies, essential to the survival...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/10/2017

Testosterone The molecule behind power, sex, and the will to win by Joe (Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience, Cambridge University) Herbert Testosterone The molecule behind power, sex, and the will to win
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Testosterone lies at the heart of maleness, and is involved in aggression, competitiveness, and risk-taking - all essential in our evolution. Joe Herbert describes the fascinating insights revealed by modern research into this primeval power that shaped our history and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/10/2017

Science of Sleep What it is, why we need it, and how it works by Wallace Mendelson Science of Sleep What it is, why we need it, and how it works

Statistics show insomnia is of pandemic proportions, our bodies insist on sleep, without it, we die. The Science of Sleep offers an accessible, illustrated understanding of the science behind sleep.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

Venom The secrets of nature's deadliest weapon by Ronald Jenner, Eivind Undheim Venom The secrets of nature's deadliest weapon
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Venom explores the biology and evolution of nature's ultimate weapon, its astonishing adaptive value, and the incredible array of species which rely on it for predation, defence, competition and more - from snakes and scorpions to Gila monsters and platypuses.
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

The Universe Next Door A Journey Through 55 Parallel Worlds and Possible Futures by New Scientist The Universe Next Door A Journey Through 55 Parallel Worlds and Possible Futures

A journey through 55 alternative realities, parallel worlds and possible futures from the million-selling New Scientist series.
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

Cosmos A Field Guide by Giles Sparrow, Dava Sobel Cosmos A Field Guide
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The biggest and best ever reproduction of the Space Age's most remarkable images
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

The Element in the Room Science-y Stuff Staring You in the Face by Helen Arney, Steve Mould The Element in the Room Science-y Stuff Staring You in the Face
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Let the brains behind the hugely successful Festival of the Spoken Nerd take you on a rib-tickling, experiment-fuelled adventure to explain the everyday science staring you in the face.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

The Runaway Species How Human Creativity Remakes the World by David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt The Runaway Species How Human Creativity Remakes the World
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A powerful exploration of human creativity from the international bestselling author of The Brain; 'the hottest thing in neuroscience' - The Times
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

The Runaway Species How Human Creativity Remakes the World by David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt The Runaway Species How Human Creativity Remakes the World
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A powerful exploration of human creativity from the international bestselling author of The Brain; 'the hottest thing in neuroscience' - The Times
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

What a Fish Knows The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins by Jonathan Balcombe What a Fish Knows The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins

`Balcombe vividly shows that fish have feelings and deserve consideration and protection like other sentient beings' - His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

What's Next? Even Scientists Can't Predict the Future - or Can They? by Jim Al-Khalili What's Next? Even Scientists Can't Predict the Future - or Can They?

Thought the science of the future was all hoverboards and space travel? Think again. Every day, scientists come up with the ingenious solutions and surprising discoveries that will define our future. So here, Jim Al-Khalili and his crack team of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

Science(ish) The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies by Rick Edwards, Michael Brooks Science(ish) The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies
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Two bestselling authors with a huge combined platform, provide the perfect way into science: the Hollywood sci-fi movies we all know and love.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

Why Time Flies A Mostly Scientific Investigation by Alan Burdick Why Time Flies A Mostly Scientific Investigation


Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2017

The Many Lives of Carbon by Dag Olav Hessen The Many Lives of Carbon

The Many Lives of Carbon is the story of the element carbon, its myriad properties, and its life-cycle. Dag Olav Hessen examines carbon in minerals and rocks, wood and rain forests, as well as looking at carbon's role in the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

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