by syaffolee

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?