Imagine: YOU are asked to assign a half-dozen-or-so books as required reading for ALL science majors at a college as part of their 4-year degree; NOT technical or text books, but other works, old or new, touching upon the nature of science, philosophy, thought, or methodology in a way that a practicing scientist might gain from.How can I resist?
Post your list, and forward the meme to a half-dozen-or-so other science-oriented bloggers of your choosing.
- Robert Axelrod: The Evolution of Cooperation, 2006.
- Sean B. Carroll: Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo, 2006.
- Richard Dawkins: The Selfish Gene (in which he coined the term 'meme', by the way), 1976.
- Jared Diamond: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, 2005, revised edition.
- Jared Diamond: Collapse, 2005.
- Jared Diamond: Why Is Sex Fun? : The Evolution of Human Sexuality, 1997.
- Steven Levitt: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, 2005.
- Richard Feynmann: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character), 1997.
- Stephen Jay Gould: The Richness of Life: The Essential Stephen Jay Gould, 2007.
- Desmond Morris: Animal Contract, 1991.
- Michael Shermer: Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design, 2007.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson: Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries, 2007.
Also, they should read the Natural History magazine front to back 1989-2009.
I tag Evolutionary Novelties, Somatopsychic, Epiphenom, and The Dispersal of Darwin.
Update 2/10/09: Wait, everyone else are only listing six books. Isn't a dozen four and twenty?