• Pranav Nandurkar

Do you know : Top 10 scientific books of all time that you must read once.

Updated: Jan 14

The Origin of Species

Publication date - 24 November 1859

Author - Charles Darwin

About -  On the Origin of Species published on 24 November 1859, is a work of scientific literature by Charles Darwin which introduced his theory of evolution by natural selection. The book presented a body of evidence that the diversity of life arose by common descent through a branching pattern of evolution. This book is beneficial for professional biologists which discusses the evolutionary relationship among the species. The book was written for non-specialist readers and attracted widespread interest upon its publication.

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Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica

Publication date - 1687(1st ed)

Author - Sir Isaac Newton

About -  Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy), is a work in three books by Isaac Newton, in Latin, first published 5 July 1687. He published two further editions, in 1713 and 1726. The Principia states Newton's laws of motion, forming the foundation of classical mechanics; Newton's law of universal gravitation; and a derivation of Kepler's laws of planetary motion. It is considered as one of the most important works in the history of science.

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A Brief History of Time

Publication date - 1968

Author - Stephen W Hawking

About - A Brief History of Time published in 1988, is a popular-science book on cosmology written by Stephen  Hawking. In this book, Hawking writes in non-technical terms about the structure, origin, development and eventual fate of the Universe, which is the object of study of astronomy and modern physics. Readers can read this book without any prior knowledge of physics. It includes some basic concepts of space and time, basic building blocks that make up the Universe and the fundamental forces that govern it. General relativity and Quantum mechanics are the two major theories discussed in this book.

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Publication date - 1980

Author - Carl Sagan

About -  Cosmos published in 1980, is a popular science book written by  Carl Sagan. This book was intended to complement, explore the mutual development of science and civilization. Sagan's main purposes for the book was to explain complex scientific ideas to anyone interested in learning.  It tells about the evolution of space, the habitat of human beings, the formation of galaxies, and a lot more. He traces the origins of knowledge and the scientific method, mixing science and philosophy, and speculates about the future of science. If you don't have time to read this book, don't worry it is available in audio form as well.

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Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

Publication date - 1916 in German                              1920 in English

Author -  Albert Einstein

About - Relativity: The Special and the General Theory was first published in German in 1916 and later translated into English in 1920. It is divided into 3 parts, first explaining special relativity, the second dealing with general relativity and the third with considerations on the universe as a whole. It gives readers an insight into the thought processes of one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.

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The Universe in a Nutshell

Publication date -  2001

Author - Stephen W Hawking

About - The Universe in a Nutshell published in  2001, is a book about theoretical physics. It is generally considered a sequel and was created to update the public concerning developments since the multi-million-copy bestseller A Brief History of Time published in 1988. It explains various matters relating to the Lucasian professor's work, such as Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem and P-branes.  He tells the history and principles of modern physics. He seeks to "combine Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and Richard Feynman's idea of multiple histories into one complete unified theory that will describe everything that happens in the universe.

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The Selfish Gene

Publication date -  1976

Author -    Richard Dawkins

About - The Selfish Gene published in 1976 is a book on evolution by the biologist Richard Dawkins. In this, the author builds upon the principal theory of George C. Williams's,  Adaptation and Natural Selection. He uses the term "selfish gene" as a way of expressing the gene-centred view of evolution. The book also introduces the term meme for a unit of human cultural evolution analogous to the gene, suggesting that such "selfish" replication may also model human culture, in a different sense. In July 2017, a poll to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Royal Society science book prize listed The Selfish Gene as the most influential science book of all time.

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