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