My Reading List

There are two big problems with the world: too many books, and not enough time to read them. Here is a list of books I'd like to read at some point (it helps me keep track at the bookstore). Bolded books are currently on the shelf but haven't been read, the rest are books I'd like to read at some point.

Architecture, Art, and Engineering




Comic Books






Geology and Geography

History (USA)

History (Middle East)

History (World)




Marine Biology






Philosophy of Science

Physics + Math



Science Fiction

Science History

  • The Science Book, DK Publishing
  • A Brief History of Time Keeping, Chad Orzel
  • The Mad Science Book, Reto Schneider
  • Great Scientific Discoveries
  • The Great Equations: Breakthroughs in science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg, Robert Crease
  • Drunken Goldfish and Other Irrelevant Scientific Research, William Roland Hartston
  • Horizons, James Poskett
  • Beyond Measure, James Vincent

Science Writing

  • This Explains Everything, John Brockman
  • Disturbing the Universe, Freeman Dyson
  • Ideas and Opinions, Albert Einstein
  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, Richard Feynman
  • The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist, Richard Feynman
  • The Fire in the Equations: Science, Religion, and the Search for God, Kitty Ferguson
  • The Night is Large, Martin Gardner
  • The Sacred Beetle, Martin Gardner
  • The Dancing Universe: From creation myths to the big bang, Marcelo Gleiser
  • The Limits of Science, Peter Medawar
  • The Universe Within, Neil Shubin
  • The Medusa and the Snail, Lewis Thomas
  • The Fragile Species, Lewis Thomas
  • A Long Line of Cells, Lewis Thomas
  • Late Night Thoughts Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony, Lewis Thomas
  • A Passion for Science, Lewis Wolpert
  • On the Beauty of Science, Herbert Hauptman
  • Physics and Philosophy, Werner Heisenberg
  • Blood Evidence: How DNA is Revolutionizing the Way We Solve Crimes, Henry Lee
  • Right Hand Left Hand: The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms, and Cultures, Chris McManus
  • Memoir of a Thinking Radish, Peter Medawar
  • The Strange Case of the Spotted Mice, Peter Medawar
  • It's Not Rocket Science, Ben Miller
  • I Wish I'd Made You Angry Earlier: Essays on Science, Scientists, and Humanity, Max Perutz
  • Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, Mary Roach
  • The Unnatural Nature of Science: Why Science Does Not Make (Common) Sense, Lewis Wolpert


  • God's Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis, Tom Hickman
  • Sex on Earth, Jules Howard
  • Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation, Olivia Judson
  • A Curious History of Sex, Kate Lister
  • The Evolution of Desire, David Buss
  • Sex: A Natural History: Joann Rodgers


  • Science Under Siege, Kendrick Frazier
  • Bullshit, John Grant
  • Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, Richard Hofstadter
  • Believing Bullshit, Stephen Law
  • Voodoo Science, Robert Park
  • Why Aren't They Here?, Surendra Verma
  • Scientific Paranormal Investigation, Benjamin Radford
  • Beyond UFOs, Jeffrey Bennett
  • Conspiracies Declassified, Brian Dunning
  • The Hundreth Monkey and other Paradigms of the Paranormal, Kendrick Frazier
  • How We Know What Isn't So, Thomas Gilovch
  • Denying Science, John Grant
  • Denying Holocaust, Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman
  • Tracking the Man Beasts, Joe Nickell
  • Unintelligent Design, Mark Perakh
  • How to Think About Weird Things, Theodore Schick
  • Unpersuadables, Will Storr