This is a list of the top 10 greatest science books. It’s important to notice that this list is only my subjective opinion. Also the numeration of the top three greatest science books is only symbolical, because all the three books are worth of being the greatest science book of all time.
10) One, Two, Three….Infinity by George Gamow
One Two Three… Infinity, Facts and Speculations of Science, was originally written by George Gamow in 1947 and then revised somewhat in 1961. It’s an amazing book about various interesting facts of physics, mathematics and some biology thrown in. It’s a wonderful book about various subjects, which show the beauty of science, illustrated with excellent examples.
9) The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins is a well known biologist, professor, humanist and of course an atheist. He’s most famous for his books, which promote atheistic ideas. His book The Selfish Gene is about various aspects of evolution, and the importance of genes in the process of evolution. The book also covers various topics like sexual selection, domestic bliss, survival of the species and others.
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Aristotle – Physics
Aristotle is one the so called three greatest ancient Greek philosophers – Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. He’s was also the teacher of Alexander the Great. His writings cover many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology.
This book is a collection of of treatises or lessons about the reasons why objects move and change. The purpose of the work is to discover the principles and rules behind the change and movement of both living and non living objects.
7) Nicolaus Copernicus - On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres
Nicolaus Copernicus was a Renaissance astronomer and the first person to formulate a comprehensive heliocentric cosmology, which displaced the Earth from the center of the universe. This work explains the revolutions of the sun, moon and stars in the context of the heliocentric theory.
6) Galileo Galilei – Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems
Galileo Galilei was a famous Italian physicist, astronomer, philosopher and a mathematician. This work is about the two world systems – Copernican system and the traditional Ptolemaic system.
5) Andreas Vesalius – On the Fabric of the Human Body
Andreas Vesalius (December 31, 1514 – October 15, 1564) was an anatomist, physician, and author of one of the most influential books on human anatomy, De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body (On the Workings of Human Body)). Vesalius is often referred to as the founder of modern human anatomy.
4) Richard Dawkins – The God Delusion
It’s one of the most famous books by Dawkins written in 2006. The main purpose of the book is to show the lack of evidence of the existence of good and the reasons why believing in god is not rational.
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3) Isaac Newton – The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
Isaac Newton was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian who is considered by many scholars and members of the general public to be one of the most influential people in human history. In this book Isaac Newton discusses the so called three laws of motion and other problems regarding the movement of bodies.
2) Charles Darwin – On the Origin of Species
Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist who established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and created the theory of evolution. He published his theory with compelling evidence for evolution in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species.
Cover of On the Origin of Species
1) Albert Einstein – Relativity – The Special and General Theory
Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a theoretical physicist, philosopher and author who is widely regarded as one of the most influential and best known scientists and intellectuals of all time. This book covers his most famous works – the special theory of relativity and the general theory of relativity. These theories made Einstein in to a world level celebrity, known not only to scientists but to everyone.
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