You’ve packed your bags, you’ve reserved your tickets, and now all that’s left to do is plan what you’re going to read over the next two weeks. Of course, in the age of Kindles and iPads, paper books might not be the easiest option on holiday. Luckily, there are plenty of great scientific non-fiction books available on e-readers which are perfect to take on holiday with you.
Book One – The Gene: An Intimate History
The Gene is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee that looks at the history of genetics and how it has impacted humanity. It’s a fascinating read that will make you think about the implications of our DNA.
Book Two – A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived is a book that does exactly what it says in the title. It tells the story of humanity from its humble beginnings to the present day. The book is written in a clear and concise manner, making it easy to follow and understand. It is packed with information and is sure to leave you with a greater understanding of who we are and where we came from.
Book Three – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari tells the story of humanity from its very beginnings all the way up to today. He explores what makes us unique as a species and how we came to dominate the planet. A fascinating read that will make you think about your place in the world.
Book Four – The Emperor of All Maladies
This book is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of cancer that tells the stories of patients, doctors, and researchers battling the disease. The Emperor of All Maladies is a fascinating read that will leave you feeling informed and hopeful.
Book Five – Guns, Germs, and Steel
In Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond explores the rise and fall of civilizations. He argues that the destiny of a given society is largely determined by its geographical location. For example, societies that developed in isolation on small islands were at a disadvantage when they came into contact with more advanced societies. This book is a fascinating read for anyone interested in history or anthropology.
Book Six – Why Evolution Is True
- Jerry A. Coyne’s Why Evolution Is True is a great book for those who want to learn more about the science of evolution.
- The book covers a wide range of topics, from the history of the theory of evolution to the mechanisms of natural selection.
- Coyne’s writing is clear and concise, making it an easy read for those with no prior knowledge of the subject.
Book Seven – Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow is a book that looks at the future of humanity. It examines our past and present to try and predict what might happen next. The book has been praised for its insights and its ability to make complex topics accessible to a wide audience. If you’re looking for a thought-provoking read, this is the book for you.
Book Eight – Outliers: The Story Of Success
In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a journey through the lives of successful people to uncover the patterns that made them who they are. He explores the role of opportunity and luck, and how we can use these insights to improve our own lives. This book is a fascinating read that will leave you thinking about your own potential for success.
Book Nine – The Sixth Extinction
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert is a book about the ongoing mass extinction of species. The book looks at the causes of this extinction and the effects it will have on the planet. It’s a fascinating read that will leave you feeling both informed and worried about the future of our planet.
Book Ten – Deep Thinking
In Deep Thinking, Garry Kasparov tells the story of how he was defeated by a computer in a game of chess. This book is not only a fascinating read, but it also teaches you how to think like a grandmaster. If you want to improve your thinking skills, this is the book for you.