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A couple I really like:
Mendelev's Dream by Paul Strathern (2001) - a great story of how the agme of Solitaire helped Dimitri M develop the Periodic Table
and
The View from the Center of the Universe - Joel Primack and Nancy Abrams - a great intro to cosmology by one of the originators of the CDM model of the universe that speaks to the general reader on many levels.

Don't forget The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson, it stars Leibniz, Newton, Hooke, Oldenburg etc.

I read Neal Stephenson's "The Baroque Cycle", can I substitute that for Newton?

Didn't notice much mention of Brian Greene there...

I'll have to work up a list. In the meantime, I've hit many of the titles and some similar titles. See Ye Olde Blog, click on the "Reading" category and check the various "Year in Books" listings. I've been mixing non-fiction (mostly science) and SF in quantities for years...

(Off to the store to buy the latest Brian Greene, speaking of, having found I've already bought the one Jennifer Ouellette that looked interesting, how embarassing is that!)

I think this ones were not mentioned yet:

- Musicophilia , Oliver Sacks
- Cosmos, Carl Sagan
- Any book by Philip Ball
- The men who loved only numbers :Paul Erdös, Paul Hoffman
- Passeio Aleatorio, Nuno Crato (http://www.gradiva.pt/livro.asp?L=2166). Although the author was awarded by the European Mathemathical society the "Public Awareness of Mathematics" award in 2003 and by the EU the "European Science Award-science communicator of the year" in 2008, the book is not translated in foreign languages (only Portuguese editions). "Passeio aleatorio" (Random walk) is a deeply interesting random walk through different fields of maths.
- Engines of creation, Eric Drexler
- Descartes error, Antonio Damásio
- Flatterland, Ian Stewart ( If you know Flatland you know what it is about).
- Intellectual impostures, Alan Sokal, Jean Bricmont

Very good list, but I would also add:

The Selfish Gene, Dawkins
The Coming Plague, Laurie Garrett
Jacob Bronowski,The Ascent of Man
Man's Place in Nature, Thomas Huxley


Very nice list. Just read a new one that definitely deserves a spot:
"How to Defeat Your Own Clone: And Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution" (cloning, biotech, and pop culture galore!)

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