Sci­ence Book Recommendations

Look­ing for a good sci­ence book to read? There are many excel­lent books about sci­ence out there, so we’ve cre­at­ed a col­lec­tion of sci­ence books rec­om­mend­ed by our users!

“Although it is not the focus of the book, this was the best expla­na­tion of the repli­ca­tion cri­sis in psy­chol­o­gy that I’ve read and it forced me to think care­ful­ly about so many aspects of my data han­dling life that I was tak­ing for grant­ed. Very acces­si­ble and easy to read and very pow­er­ful too.”

Think­ing Fast and Slow

Writ­ten by Daniel Kahneman

Rec­om­mend­ed by Juli­et Usher-Smith


Under­stand­ing Psy­chol­o­gy as a Science

Writ­ten by Zoltan Dienes

Rec­om­mend­ed by Maša Vujović

“Zoltan Dienes’ Under­stand­ing Psy­chol­o­gy as a Sci­ence is a fan­tas­tic intro­duc­tion to the sci­en­tif­ic method for psy­chol­o­gists. I only wish I’d read it as an undergraduate.”

Ren­dezvous with Rama

Writ­ten by Arthur C. Clarke

Rec­om­mend­ed by Mircea Zloteanu


“While this is a sci­ence-fic­tion book and not a non-fic­tion book, its is one that I come back to from time to time and would high­ly rec­om­mend. It is, in my opin­ion, an excel­lent descrip­tion of how the sci­en­tif­ic process when inves­ti­gat­ing some­thing novel should unfold. At times it can be slow paced, unevent­ful, and leav­ing us with more ques­tions than when we start­ed, it can also so be sur­re­al, illu­mi­nat­ing, and awe-inspiring.”

The Feath­er Thief

Writ­ten by Kirk Wal­lace Johnson

Rec­om­mend­ed by Nadine Lavan


“Not nec­es­sar­i­ly a tra­di­tion­al (pop) sci­ence book but The Feath­er Thief by Kirk Wal­lace John­son was an inter­est­ing read. I know a lot more about early nat­u­ral­ists, the exot­ic feath­er trade and fly tying after read­ing it!”

“This is a great new book about lin­guis­tics for the gen­er­al reader!”

The 7 Dead­ly Sins of Psychology

Writ­ten by Chris Chambers

Rec­om­mend­ed by Vio­let Brown


“I loved read­ing The Seven Dead­ly Sins of Psy­chol­o­gy by Chris Cham­bers. This book clear­ly and effec­tive­ly lays out seven issues that are preva­lent in psy­cho­log­i­cal research and includes sug­ges­tions for how we can address these issues.”

The Incer­to Series

Writ­ten by Nas­sim Nicholas Taleb

Rec­om­mend­ed by Răz­van Jurchiș


“I would def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend the Incer­to series, by Nas­sim Taleb, which com­pris­es five books deal­ing with the per­ils and oppor­tu­ni­ties of ran­dom­ness, risk, uncer­tain­ty, and with their ubiq­ui­tous implications.”

Surf­ing Uncertainty

Writ­ten by Andy Clark

Rec­om­mend­ed by Max Roll­wage


This Is Going to Hurt

Writ­ten by Adam Kay

Rec­om­mend­ed by Sahi­ra van de Wouw


“While it’s not real­ly hard-core sci­ence, but some parts are relat­able nonethe­less and it’s def­i­nite­ly worth a read!”

Forty Stud­ies That Changed Psychology

Writ­ten by Roger R. Hock

Rec­om­mend­ed by Xiao Hu

“I would def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend Four­ty Stud­ies That Changed Psy­chol­o­gy to every­one. This book pro­vides a sum­ma­ry of impor­tant stud­ies that have impact­ed the field of psychology.”

Lab Girl

Writ­ten by Hope Jahren

Rec­om­mend­ed by Jonathan Tsay