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Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
The Sawbones Book: The Hilarious, Horrifying Road to Modern Medicine
Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms
Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World
The Brain: The Story of You
What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning will Renew our Lost Evolutionary Strength
Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything
The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
The Unexpected Truth About Animals: A Menagerie of the Misunderstood
Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter
Unthinkable: What the World's Most Extraordinary Brains Can Teach Us About Our Own
Human Universe
The Universe in Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time, and Beyond
A Brief History of Time
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Selfish Gene
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales
Cosmos
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Bad Science
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
The God Delusion
The Grand Design
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
How to Clone a Mammoth by Beth ShapiroRise of the Necrofauna by Britt WrayWoolly by Ben MezrichResurrection Science by M.R. O'ConnorBring Back the King by Helen Pilcher
De-Extinction Science
12 books — 8 voters
A Survey of Physical Theory by Max PlanckBirth of a Theorem by Cédric VillaniLove and Math by Edward FrenkelWhat Is Mathematics? by Richard CourantFrom Here to Infinity by Ian Stewart
Rigorous Popular Science Books
10 books — 4 voters

Stuff Matters by Mark MiodownikThe New Science of Strong Materials by J.E. GordonGuns, Germs, and Steel by Jared DiamondDesign as Art by Bruno MunariGerm Theory by Robert Gaynes
The Wonder of Stuff
32 books — 8 voters
Bad Pharma by Ben GoldacreThe Establishment by Owen   JonesGulag by Anne ApplebaumThe Language Instinct by Steven PinkerMathematics by Timothy Gowers
Non-Fiction for Intelligent Readers
31 books — 6 voters



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