70 Best Science-and-Mathematics Books

Recommended by the staff at Powell’s Books

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1. Wildcrafted Cocktail Make Your Own Foraged Syrups Bitters Infusions & Garnishes Includes Recipes for 45 One Of A Kind Mixed Drinks by Ellen Zachos

2. Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us by Sam Kean

3. Why?: What Makes Us Curious by Mario Livio

4. Totality: The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024 by Mark Littmann and Fred Espenak

5. American Eclipse A Nations Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon & Win the Glory of the World by David Baron

6. Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot

7. Field Guide to Whiskey Everything You Need to Know about the New World of Whiskey by Hans Offringa

8. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton

9. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

10. The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts by Maja Säfström

11. The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors by David George Haskell

12. Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St Helens by Steve Olson

13. Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education by Michael Pollan

14. Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors

15. Outrun A Memoir by Amy Liptrot

16. The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

17. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

18. Why Does the World Exist An Existential Detective Story by Jim Holt

19. The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative by Florence Williams

20. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

21. Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward

22. The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel

23. Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity by Carlo Rovelli

24. The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery

25. The Wood for the Trees: One Mans Long View of Nature by Richard Fortey

26. Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith

27. Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

28. @Natgeo The Most Popular Instagram Photos by National Geographic

29. Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle, Martin Freeman

30. Sad Animal Facts by Brooke Barker

31. The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America’s Wilderness Trail by Mark Larabee, Barney Scout Mann

32. Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson

33. The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf

34. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate — Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben

35. Time Travel by James Gleick

36. Kingdom of Speech by Tom Wolfe

37. Rockhounding Oregon by Lars Johnson

38. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach

39. Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History by Dan Flores

40. Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

41. Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are by Frans De Waal

42. Triumph of Seeds How Grains Nuts Kernels Pulses & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom & Shaped Human History by Thor Hanson

43. At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bryson, Bill

44. Half-Earth: Our Planets Fight for Life by Edward O. Wilson

45. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

46. Man Who Loved Books Too Much The True Story of a Thief a Detective & a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett

47. Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Kinky Crustaceans, Sex Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep by Marah J. Hardt

48. Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century by Kevin Fong

49. H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

50. Monkeys Voyage How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of Life by Alan de Queiroz

51. Human Age The World Shaped by Us by Diane Ackerman

52. Ancient Trees Portraits of Time by Beth Moon

53. Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves by James Nestor

54. Spooky Action at a Distance: Why Space and Time Are Doomed and What It Means for Black Holes, the Big Bang, and Theories of Everything by George Musser

55. The Cabaret of Plants: Forty Thousand Years of Plant Life and the Human Imagination by Richard Mabey

56. How to Be Alive by Colin Beavan

57. Full Rip 9.0 The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest by Sandi Doughton

58. Countdown Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth by Alan Weisman

59. Here on Earth by Tim Flannery

60. Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Degrasse Tyson, Neil

61. National Parks Americas Best Idea by Duncan, Dayton and Burns, Ken

62. On Mount Hood A Biography of Oregons Perilous Peak by Jon Bell

63. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

64. The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet by Justin Peters

65. First Bite: How We Learn to Eat by Bee Wilson

66. Becoming Animal An Earthly Cosmology by David Abram

67. Desert Solitaire by Abbey, Edward

68. Universe from Nothing Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing by Lawrence Krauss, Richard Dawkins

69. Maphead Charting the Wide Weird World of Geography Wonks by Ken Jennings

70. Wave by Susan Casey

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