- What the nose knows: The science of scent in everyday life, by Avery Gilbert. See official site.
- Bad Science, by Ben Goldacre. See our review and official site.
- The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science, by Richard Holmes. See Guardian review.
- Decoding the heavens: Solving the mystery of the world's first computer, by Jo Marchant. This is about the Antikythera Mechanism: see official site.
- The drunkard's walk: How randomness rules our lives, by Leonard Mlodinow. See official site.
- Your inner fish: The amazing discovery of our 375-million-year-old ancestor, by Neil Shubin. See official site.
And also a link recommendation today: Ptak Science Books. Like JSBlog, it's a bookshop blog with eclectic and cross-genre interests, but it focuses on science:
The History of Ideas -- unusual connections in the history of science, math, art and social history
Picked at random:
- Odd Images Department: Submerged, Miniature, 19th Century People;
- The Shotgun in the Service of Natural History--Shooting Flowers;
- Curious, Impracticable and Useless Inventions: Gun Hats and Steel Fish, 1920;
- Crazy-Insane Eyes Selling Mercedes, 1924. Bad Ideas #22;
- Institutionalized Racism and the Sale of Toys and Music and Frivolities;
- Nazi Propaganda and the Battle for Europe, 1941: the War at Sea;
- and so on.
Check it out; it won't disappoint. The main bookstore site - John F Ptak Science Books - is interesting in itself: for instance, for its gallery of historical panoramic photos.