Science has always been about quenching the curiosity and putting the derived knowledge into applications. This dynamic field of study has limitless boundaries. The more knowledge we get, the more ignorant we feel. The process of acquiring scientific knowledge goes beyond the limit of four walls of our classrooms and beyond the scope of limited syllabi. To augment the scientific knowledge, a science student must go out of his syllabus and read more books authored by acclaimed scientists.
It’s hard to say what anyone shouldn’t read, but the following books are the most recommended books of all time.
- A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes: Authored by British Physicist, Stephen Hawkings, this is the most popular science book of all time. Hawkings simplifies cosmology, which includes the structure, origin, development, and eventual fate of the universe using non-technical terms. The book gives an insight into mysterious cosmological phenomena like Black holes and the Big Bang. It tries to explain the Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity. “How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending?” – all your questions will be answered.
- On the Origin of Species: This is one of the most engrossing and controversial science book ever published. Written by Charles Darwin in 1859, this book laid the foundation of evolutionary biology. It presented a body of evidence gathered during his voyage of Beagle and proved that the diversity of life arose by a common descent through the branching pattern of evolution. He established that Natural Selection is the force behind the evolution. This book revolutionised the course of science.
- The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark: In this book author Carl Sagan tried to ingrain a habit of questioning the scientific theories in the common man. The author explained the way of establishing the difference between myths of pseudoscience and testable hypotheses of valid science. The author very surgically busted the myth revolving around science. This 1995 book propagated that any new idea should be treated with skepticism and should be grilled with vigorous rounds of questioning.
- Physics of the Impossible: Here theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku, demonstrated what our current understanding of the universe’s physical laws may allow in the near future. The book dealt with the scope of time travel, invisibility, and lasers. It also explained the obstacles and technical issues in realising these science fiction concepts as reality.
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