Wednesday, April 23, 2008

17 Scientists Pick 17 High Impact Books

Great idea from New Scientist. And an impressive list of thinkers (with short articles from each on the books they chose):

1. Farthest North - Steve Jones, geneticist

2. The Art of the Soluble - V. S. Ramachandran, neuroscientist

3. Animal Liberation - Jane Goodall, primatologist

4. The Foundation trilogy - Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist

5. Alice in Wonderland - Alison Gopnik, developmental psychologist

6. One, Two, Three... Infinity - Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist

7. The Idea of a Social Science - Harry Collins, sociologist of science

8. Handbook of Mathematical Functions - Peter Atkins, chemist

9. The Mind of a Mnemonist - Oliver Sacks, neurologist

10. A Mathematician’s Apology - Marcus du Sautoy, mathematician

11. The Leopard - Susan Greenfield, neurophysiologist

12. Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories of Mind and Behavior - Frans de Waal, psychologist and ethologist

13. Catch-22 / The First Three Minutes - Lawrence Krauss, physicist

14. William James, Writings 1878-1910 - Daniel Everett, linguist

15. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Chris Frith, neuroscientist

16. The Naked Ape - Elaine Morgan, author of The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis

17. King Solomon's Ring - Marian Stamp Dawkins, Zoologist

I'll go with Oliver Sacks' recommendation to start.



thepoetryman said...

whew... Now that's a list! The title that caught my attention was "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" by Chris Frith. Love that it invokes thinking. I'm sure they all invoke plenty within their pages.

thepoetryman said...

Hey, LT...

Email me at

I'd like to ask if you want to be a part of The Peace Tree regular contrubutors...Saturday is open. Your talents would fit perfectly there.


thepoetryman said...

that'd be "contributors"...