The TBR Pile Will Never Die
Via an interesting discussion on LibraryThing, what are the top science books that everyone buys but almost no one reads?
Culled from that topic:
Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Darwin’s Dangerous Idea by Daniel C. Dennett
Consilience by Edward O. Wilson
The Road to Reality by Roger Penrose
Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell by A. Zee
A First Course in String Theory by Barton Zwiebach
The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
The Structure of Evolutionary Theory by Stephen Jay Gould
Life on Earth by David Attenborough
A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram
I’ve already read The Elegant Universe and The Structure of Evolutionary Theory although I have a biased quibble with the above list–too little biology.
On my personal list (which I always keep putting off), I have yet to finish Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene (although I did finish The Ancestor’s Tale!), Matt Ridley’s The Red Queen, and a whole slew of “Best Science Writing” collections stacked forlornly on my bookshelf. Does anyone else own some must-have science books which (somewhat embarassingly) have been left unread?