Popular science books


1. The Future Then, Fascinating Art & Predictions from 145 Years of Popular Science
To commemorate the 145th anniversary of Popular Science, this gorgeous, full-color, fun, and lively collection of retro covers from the magazine’s archives explores all those far-flung inventions that never quite made it off the drawing board—from flying cars to personal jet packs—and tracks the evolution of those innovations that did. A lot has happened since 1872, the first year that Popular Science hit the newsstand. From the introduction of the automobile in 1879 to the dropping of the A-bomb in 1945, from the first time a...
Author: The Editors of Popular Science
Edition: 1
Pages: 304
Year: 2018
2. How To, Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems
The world's most entertaining and useless self-help guide from the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the bestsellers What If? and Thing Explainer For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach. It's full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole. Bestselling author and cartoonist Randall Munroe explains h...
Author: Randall Munroe
Edition: 1
Pages: 320
Year: 2019
3. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
A WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER - The new 2020 copyright release of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition includes three different formats — spiral and tabbed, paperback, and hardcover, all of which are full-color. It is the official source for APA Style. With millions of copies sold worldwide in multiple languages, it is the style manual of choice for writers, researchers, editors, students, and educators in the social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, nursing, communications, ...
Author: American Psychological Association
Edition: 7
Pages: 428
Year: 2019
4. The Science Book, Big Ideas Simply Explained
Discover 80 trail-blazing scientific ideas, which underpin our modern world, giving us everything from antibiotics to gene therapy, electricity to space rockets and batteries to smart phones. What is string theory or black holes? And who discovered gravity and radiation? The Science Book presents the fascinating story behind these and other of the world's most important concepts in maths, chemistry, physics and biology in plain English, with easy to grasp "mind maps" and eye-catching artworks. Albert Einstein once quoted Isaac Newt...
Author: DK
Edition: 1
Pages: 716
Year: 2015
5. The Science Book, Everything You Need to Know About the World
The Science Book, Everything You Need to Know About the World and How It Works encapsulates centuries of scientific thought in one volume. Natural phenomena, revolutionary inventions, scientific facts, and the most up-to-date questions are all explained in detailed text that is complemented by visually arresting graphics. Six major sections ranging from the universe and the planet Earth to biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics are further broken down into subsections that encompass everything from microscopic life to nucle...
Author: National Geographic
Edition: 1
Pages: 432
Year: 2016
6. The Emperor's New Mind, Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics
For decades, proponents of artificial intelligence have argued that computers will soon be doing everything that a human mind can do. Admittedly, computers now play chess at the grandmaster level, but do they understand the game as we do? Can a computer eventually do everything a human mind can do? In this absorbing and frequently contentious book, Roger Penrose--eminent physicist and winner, with Stephen Hawking, of the prestigious Wolf prize--puts forward his view that there are some facets of human thinking that can never be emu...
Author: Roger Penrose
Edition: 1
Pages: 640
Year: 2002
7. Elegant Defense, An, The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System
National Bestseller * The essential book to read to understand your immune system during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic The Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times journalist "explicates for the lay reader the intricate biology of our immune system" (Jerome Groopman, MD, New York Review of Books) New York Times science reporter Matt Richtel's An Elegant Defense illuminates the human immune system as never before, uniquely entwining intimate patient stories with science’s centuries-long quest to unlock the mysteries of sickness...
Author: Matt Richtel
Edition: 1
Pages: 448
Year: 2020
8. The Science of Rick and Morty
Learn about quantum physics, cloning, exoplanets, the number 137 and all of modern science's biggest questions through the crazy adventures of Rick and Morty, the international Netflix success, now airing on Channel 4. What is concentrated Dark Matter? Can we hack memory? Are you living in a simulation operating at 5% capacity? Rick and Morty may seem like the most idiotic show on TV today, but a lot of its crazy adventures are actually based on real-life scientific theories and cutting-edge academic research. Using the biology,...
Author: Matt Brady
Edition: 1
Pages: 336
Year: 2019
9. The Big Book of Hack
In this reboot of the popular 2012 title, readers will find a collection of the most up-to-date and thrilling DIY tech projects around—straight from the experts at Popular Science magazine. Updated with new and more modern projects, the Big Book of Hacks the perfect book for aspiring makers, curious young techies and old-school enthusiasts alike … especially any who love using a soldering iron! Charge up that drill, fire up your soldering iron, and get ready to hack! Starting with a robust introduction to basic yet essential maker...
Author: Doug Cantor
Edition: 1
Pages: 256
Year: 2016
10. The Science of Interstellar
A journey through the otherworldly science behind Christopher Nolan’s award-winning film, Interstellar, from executive producer and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Kip Thorne. Interstellar, from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, takes us on a fantastic voyage far beyond our solar system. Yet in The Science of Interstellar, Kip Thorne, the Nobel prize-winning physicist who assisted Nolan on the scientific aspects of Interstellar, shows us that the movie’s jaw-dropping events and stunning, never-before-attempted visuals are ground...
Author: Kip Thorne
Edition: 1
Pages: 336
Year: 2014
11. The Science of Self-Learning
Self-learning is not just about performing better in the classroom or the office. It's about being able to aim your life in whatever direction you choose and conquering the obstacles in front of you. Replicable methods and insights to build expertise from ground zero. The Science of Self-Learning focuses not only on learning, but what it means to direct your own learning. Anyone can read a book, but what about more? You will learn to deconstruct a topic and then construct your own syllabus and plan. Gathering information, initial...
Author: Peter Hollins
Edition: 1
Pages: 202
Year: 2019
12. The Way Things Work Now
Explainer-in-Chief David Macaulay updates the worldwide bestseller The New Way Things Work to capture the latest developments in the technology that most impacts our lives. Famously packed with information on the inner workings of everything from windmills to Wi-Fi, this extraordinary and humorous book both guides readers through the fundamental principles of machines, and shows how the developments of the past are building the world of tomorrow. This sweepingly revised edition embraces all of the latest developments, from touchscr...
Author: David Macaulay
Edition: 1
Pages: 400
Year: 2016
13. The House of Kennedy
The Kennedys have always been a family of charismatic adventurers, raised to take risks and excel, living by the dual family mottos: "To whom much is given, much is expected" and "Win at all costs." And they do--but at a price. Across decades and generations, the Kennedys have occupied a unique place in the American imagination: charmed, cursed, at once familiar and unknowable. The House of Kennedy is a revealing, fascinating account of America's most storied family, as told by America's most trusted storyteller...
Author: James Patterson
Edition: 1
Pages: 592
Year: 2020
14. Technology of the Gods, The Incredible Sciences of the Ancients
Childress opens the door to the amazing world of ancient technology, from the computers of the ancient world to the 'flying machines of the gods'. The book explores the technology that was allegedly used in Atlantis and the theory that the great pyramid of Egypt was originally a gigantic power station. From beginning to end, the book is filled with facts, keen observations and tales that challenge modern assumptions in a humorous, intelligent and compelling way...
Author: David Hatcher Childress
Edition: 1
Pages: 344
Year: 2000
15. Because Internet, Understanding the New Rules of Language
Because Internet is for anyone who's ever puzzled over how to punctuate a text message or wondered where memes come from. It's the perfect book for understanding how the internet is changing the English language, why that's a good thing, and what our online interactions reveal about who we are. Language is humanity's most spectacular open-source project, and the internet is making our language change faster and in more interesting ways than ever before. Internet conversations are structured by the shape of our apps and platforms, f...
Author: Gretchen McCulloch
Edition: 1
Pages: 334
Year: 2019
16. One Giant Leap, The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon
The remarkable story of the trailblazers and the ordinary Americans on the front lines of the epic mission to reach the moon. President John F. Kennedy astonished the world on May 25, 1961, when he announced to Congress that the United States should land a man on the Moon by 1970. No group was more surprised than the scientists and engineers at NASA, who suddenly had less than a decade to invent space travel. When Kennedy announced that goal, no one knew how to navigate to the Moon. No one knew how to build a rocket big enough to...
Author: Charles Fishman
Edition: 1
Pages: 481
Year: 2019
17. Colossus, The secrets of Bletchley Park's code-breaking computers
The American ENIAC is customarily regarded as the first electronic computer. In this fascinating volume, Jack Copeland rewrites the history of computer science, arguing that in reality Colossus--the giant computer built in Bletchley Park by the British secret service during World War II--predates ENIAC by two years. Until very recently, much about the Colossus machine was shrouded in secrecy, largely because the code-breaking algorithms employed during World War II remained in use by the British security services until a short time...
Author: B. Jack Copeland
Edition: 1
Pages: 480
Year: 2010
18. The Wonderful Future That Never Was
Between 1903 and 1969, scientists and other experts made hundreds of predictions in Popular Mechanics magazine about what the future would hold. Their forecasts ranged from ruefully funny to eerily prescient and optimistically utopian. Here are the very best of them, culled from hundreds of articles, complete with the original, visually stunning retro art. They will capture the imagination of futurists in the same way Jules Verne's writing did a century earlier. Every chapter features an introduction by astrophysics professor, scie...
Author: Popular Mechanics
Edition: 1
Pages: 208
Year: 2010
19. How Steam Locomotives Really Work
Steam locomotives were developed in the early part of the 19th Century, initially by Trevithick, and then most successfully by George Stephenson, whose engine Locomotion inaugurated the famous Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. For the next 150 years, steam locomotives were further developed and refined, until the advent of new electrical technology superseded them. Although British Railways operated its last main-line steam locomotives in 1968, there is still immense interest in the large numbers of locomotives that have bee...
Author: P. W. B. Semmens
Edition: 1
Pages: 360
Year: 2000
20. Popular Mechanics The Amazing Weapons That Never Were
Between 1910 and 1970, scientists and military experts made hundreds of predictions in Popular Mechanics about the future of warfare. Some of those prophecies were downright nuts, while others veered eerily close to reality. This collection of vintage articles, with their stunning original art, will spark the imagination of every military buff, retrophile, and futurist. And the jacket unfolds into an amazing 24” x 19” poster of fantastic machines, blasters, and flying tanks. Astrophysics professor, science-fiction author, and NASA ...
Author: Gregory Benford
Edition: 1
Pages: 200
Year: 2012
21. It's ONLY Rocket Science
Most amateur astronomers – and many of those with similar interests but who are not currently practising observers – have only a sketchy understanding of space flight. This book provides an introduction to its mechanics. The beauty of this book, written by an engineer who is also an accomplished science writer, is that it covers the subject comprehensively, and yet is almost entirely descriptive and non-mathematical. It deals with all aspects of space flight, from how to leave the Earth (including the design of the rocket, mission ...
Author: Lucy Rogers
Edition: 2008
Pages: 364
Year: 2008
22. The Joy of Chemistry
This book challenges the perception of chemistry as too difficult to bother with and too clinical to be any fun. Cathy Cobb and Monty L. Fetterolf, both professional chemists and experienced educators, introduce readers to the magic, elegance, and, yes, joy of chemistry. From the fascination of fall foliage and fireworks, to the functioning of smoke detectors and computers, to the fundamentals of digestion (as when good pizza goes bad!), the authors illustrate the concepts of chemistry in terms of everyday experience, using familia...
Author: Cathy Cobb
Edition: 1
Pages: 400
Year: 2010
23. Discovering Psychology, The Science of Mind
Psychology is evolving into an integrative, multidisciplinary field, and this innovative book offers an opportunity to learn about it. Authors John Cacioppo and Laura Freberg highlight connections within psychology as well as between psychology and other disciplines. The writing and features are smart and engaging, and consistently illustrate the benefit of using multiple perspectives within psychology. Cacioppo and Freberg offer the best science possible, including exciting new research findings likely to expand readers' understan...
Author: John T. Cacioppo
Edition: 2
Pages: 784
Year: 2015
24. Discovering Psychology, The Science of Mind
No matter your field of study, authors John Cacioppo and Laura Freberg believe that psychology has insights that are relevant to you. As a hub science, psychology is a discipline whose work provides foundational material for many other scientific fields. The authors present a cohesive understanding of the field, highlighting connections within psychology as well as between psychology and other disciplines. Through DISCOVERING PSYCHOLOGY's smart and engaging writing, illuminating visuals, and sound science, you'll discover that the ...
Author: John T. Cacioppo
Edition: 3
Pages: 784
Year: 2018
25. The Science of Evil, On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty
A groundbreaking and challenging examination of the social, cognitive, neurological, and biological roots of psychopathy, cruelty, and evil Borderline personality disorder, autism, narcissism, psychosis: All of these syndromes have one thing in common--lack of empathy. In some cases, this absence can be dangerous, but in others it can simply mean a different way of seeing the world.In The Science of Evil Simon Baron-Cohen, an award-winning British researcher who has investigated psychology and autism for decades, develops a new bra...
Author: Simon Baron-Cohen
Edition: 1
Pages: 272
Year: 2012
26. Humankind, A Hopeful History
From the author of the New York Times bestseller Utopia for Realists comes "the riveting pick-me-up we all need right now" (People), the #1 Dutch bestseller Humankind, which offers a "bold" (Daniel H. Pink), "extraordinary" (Susan Cain) argument that humans thrive in a crisis and that our innate kindness and cooperation have been the greatest factors in our long-term success on the planet. "Humankind made me see humanity from a fresh perspective." ---Yuval Noah Harari, author of the #1 bestseller Sapiens If there is one belief th...
Author: Rutger Bregman
Edition: 1
Pages: 480
Year: 2020
27. Psychological Science
The best presentation of the science and applications of psychology Drawing on teaching and learning research, the Sixth Edition provides new tools to improve students’ reading, focus, and self-assessment. Chapters are now divided into brief “study units,” each of which concludes with a self-test question to increase comprehension. NEW “Putting Psychology to Work” features show students how to apply psychology concepts to future careers. Our formative, adaptive learning tool, InQuizitive, and our online psychology labs, ZAPS 2.0, p...
Author: Michael Gazzaniga
Edition: 6
Pages: 832
Year: 2018
28. StarTalk, Everything You Ever Need to Know About Space Travel...
This illustrated companion to the popular podcast and National Geographic Channel show is an eye-opening journey for anyone curious about our universe, space, astronomy and the complexities of the cosmos. For decades, beloved astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has interpreted science with a combination of brainpower and charm that resonates with fans everywhere. This pioneering, provocative book brings together the best of StarTalk, his beloved podcast and television show devoted to solving the most confounding mysteries of Earth...
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Edition: 1
Pages: 304
Year: 2016
29. Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys
NASA astronaut Michael Collins trained as an experimental test pilot before venturing into space as a vital member of the Gemini 10 and Apollo 11 missions. In Carrying the Fire, his account of his voyages into space and the years of training that led up to them, Collins reveals the human tensions, the physical realities, and the personal emotions surrounding the early years of the space race. Collins provides readers with an insider's view of the space program and conveys the excitement and wonder of his journey to the moon. As ski...
Author: Michael Collins
Edition: 1
Pages: 544
Year: 2001
30. The Design and Engineering of Curiosity
This book describes the most complex machine ever sent to another planet: Curiosity. It is a one-ton robot with two brains, seventeen cameras, six wheels, nuclear power, and a laser beam on its head. No one human understands how all of its systems and instruments work. This essential reference to the Curiosity mission explains the engineering behind every system on the rover, from its rocket-powered jetpack to its radioisotope thermoelectric generator to its fiendishly complex sample handling system. Its lavishly illustrated text e...
Author: Emily Lakdawalla
Edition: 1
Pages: 408
Year: 2018