Nominated to be a Cornerstone by LA Times, Science, 2000; Pulitzer Prize, Biography
Galileo’s Daughter – A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
Using the surviving letters of Galileo’s eldest daughter, a cloistered nun, the author has created a compelling biography of one of history’s most influential scientists. A great comfort to Galileo …
author: Dava Sobel

Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life’s Origin
Astrobiologist Robert Hazen has spent years studying the fundamental mechanisms of life’s genesis. In this book he gives an overview of the various ongoing scientific investigations into the origin o…
author: Robert M. Hazen
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by National Bk. Award 1992, LA Times 1993
Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
Biography of Richard Feynman, the renown physicist’s physicist by award-winning author James Gleick. Chapter headings: Far Rockaway; MIT; Princeton; Los Alamos; Cornell; Caltech. Includes black & whit…
author: James Gleick
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by NY times Best Book List 2000
Genome – The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
Ridley wrote this in 1999, just before the 2000 publication of the first draft of the human genome. He picks one newly discovered gene from each of the twenty-three human chromosomes and tells its st…
author: Matt Ridley
Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics
Memoir of one of the most influential physicists of the 20th century. Includes his work with Neils Bohr, involvement with the Manhattan Project, theoretical physics with his student Richard Feynman, a…
author: John Archibald Wheeler with Kenneth Ford
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Pulitzer 1980; NBCC, Non-fiction; Amer. Bk. 1980
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
An exploration into the mystery of human thought and our inability to understand the nature of our own thought processes. Hofstadter uses the drawings of Escher, the music of Bach, the work of Austri…
author: Douglas R. Hofstadter

Going, Going, Gone? – Animals and Plants on the Brink of Extinction and How You Can Help
Tait asked 99 conservation groups from around the world to pick one species, subspecies or habitat that needs saving, and included them in this book. (He then rounded it up to 100 by including the Be…
author: Malcolm Tait
Goldberger’s War: The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader
The story of Dr. Joseph Goldberger, a physician and public health worker in the early 20th century who discovered the cause and the cure for pellagra, a disease which had mystified the world for centu…
author: Alan M. Kraut
Gorgon: Paleontology, Obsession, and the Greatest Catastrophe in Earth’s History
A firsthand account of the search for the cause of Earth’s mass extinction 250 million years ago, and of the scientists who work to uncover this mystery.
author: Peter D. Ward
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Staff
Gorillas in the Mist
The personal adventure and scientific work of Dian Fossey’s thirteen years studying the mountain gorillas of the African rain forests. Includes black & white and color photographs.
author: Dian Fossey
Great Brain Book – An Inside Look At the Inside of Your Head
Explores the history of brain science and how it has grown and changed. The different parts of the brain and their functions are explained, as well as how you learn and remember, how you can train yo…
author: HP Newquist

Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Lee Grodzins
Great Ideas in Physics: the conservation of energy, the second law of thermodynamics, the theory of relativity, and quantum mechanics
An exploration of the four foundations of modern physics and their impact on the world, not only through science, but also the arts, social sciences, philosophy, and politics.
author: Alan Lightman
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by The National Academies Communication Awards
Great Influenza – The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
History of the 1918 influenza epidemic, the scientists who worked to find a cure, and how the practice of medicine was revolutionized. Also the story of how the war against the epidemic was imposed u…
author: John M. Barry
Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations
From the Inuit to the Norse, the Polynesians to the Western Europeans, the Mayans and people of Chaco Canyon, they have all felt the impacts of climate change – here illuminated by anthropologist and …
author: Brian Fagan
Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage
A thrilling natural history of the Atlantic Ocean and the reliance of humans upon it form the Gulf of Maine to the Sargasso Sea.
author: Deborah Cramer
Guide to the Human Body: A Photographic Journey Through the Human Body
A photographic guide to the human body. Includes: skin, hair, nails, skeleton, bones, joints, muscles, brain, nerves & neuron, eyes, ears & hearing, nose & tongue, hormones, heart, blood, circulation,…
author: Richard Walker

Guinea Pig Scientists – Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and Medicine
Stories of ten men and women, from the 1770’s to the present, who devoted their lives, and sometimes risked them, to answer some of the big questions in science and medicine.
These accounts uncover t…
author: Leslie Dendy and Mel Boring
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Aventis Prize and Pulitzer Prize 1998
Guns, Germs & Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Guns, Germs, and Steel is a comprehensive treatise that brings together ecology, botany, anthropology, medicine and evolution. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction, 1998. Also availab…
author: Jared Diamond