Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Morrison 100-plus list
Sand County Almanac
A natural history classic by the great naturalist, Aldo Leopold, documenting his observations at his weekend refuge, a Wisconsin farm.
author: Aldo Leopold

Scent of Desire – Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell
An interesting and informative look at our sense of smell and how it affects our physical and emotional well-being. Herz, a leading expert on the psychology of smell, explains how smell functions, wha…
author: Rachel Herz
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by National Book Award, Philosophy 1973
Science & Sentiment in America – Philosophical Thought from Jonathan Edwards to John Dewey
A survey of American philosophical thought from Jonathan Edwards in the 18th century to John Dewey in the 20th century. White shows the different views of science held by various philosophers, and ho…
author: Morton White
Science Explorer Out and About – Fantastic Science Experiments Your Family Can Do Anywhere!
Full of awesome science experiments for young people and their parents from the Exploratorium, San Francisco’s hands-on science museum. Grow crystals, write in code, create pictures and plays with sh…
author: Pat Murphy, Ellen Klages, Linda Shore
Science in Seconds at the Beach – With Activities for Ponds, Lakes and Rivers
Nearly 100 experiments/activities to investigate the mysteries of animals, plants, sand, shells, sun and water. All can be done in ten minutes or less and most use commonly found items. Glossary, in…
author: Jean Potter
Science in the Twentieth Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey (on CD and DVD)
Available as audio book or DVD. Taught by Professor Steven L. Goldman, Lehigh University. Lectures include: The Evolution of 20th-Century Science; Redefining Reality; Quantum Theory Makes Its Appea…
author: Steven L. Goldman

Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Morrison Long Look
Science: Good, Bad and Bogus: A Skeptical Look at Extraordinary Claims
A collection of essays addressing science fact, fraud, crackpots and quacks.
author: Martin Gardner
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Lee Grodzins
Sea Around Us
A naturalist’s account of the beginnings of the sea and its life zones, to the tides, and the scientific undersea exploration of the oceans that was first ignited by WWII. Includes black & white pho…
author: Rachel L. Carson
Search for the Golden Moon Bear: Science and Adventure in the Asian Tropics
Documents the author’s adventure through southeast Asia to locate and study the golden moon bear, and talk with the scientists who study it, and the people who profit from it.
Includes eight pages of…
author: Sy Montgomery
Secret Family: Twenty-four Hours Inside the Mysterious World of Our Minds and Bodies
Amazing photos and illuminating text describe the inner workings and micro-visitors of a family on a typical day.
author: David Bodanis
Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril
An adventurous and entertaining guide to the universe and an account of the global network of backyard stargazers and the important discoveries they have made.
author: Timothy Ferris

Selfish Gene
A beautifully written account of genetics. Clear, concise, rewarding to both the scientist and non-scientist.
author: Richard Dawkins
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Lee Grodzins
Sense of Wonder
A beautiful combination of text and photographs that was inspired by Carson?s grandnephew, whom she raised from an infant. Originally published in a magazine under the title ?Help Your Child to Wonde…
author: Rachel Carson
Sense of Wonder – Rachel Carson’s Love for the Natural World and Her Fight to Defend It
Meet Rachel Carson through the superb acting of Kaiulani Lee, whose one-woman stage production inspired this documentary-style movie set at Rachel’s seaside cottage in Maine. The film is both inspirat…
author: Sense of Wonder Productions
Sharing Nature with Children
The revised and expanded second edition came out 20 years after the first, and by that time many of the educational activities in the book had become classics in environmental education circles. Corne…
author: Joseph Cornell
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Aventis Prize for Science Writing
Short History of Nearly Everything
Bryson takes subjects like geology, chemistry, paleontology, astronomy, and particle physics and makes them comprehensible to the average person. Interested not only in finding out what we know, but …
author: Bill Bryson

Sibley Guide to Birds
Beautifully illustrated guide to the birds of North America. A National Audubon Society book.
author: David Allen Sibley
Silent Landscape: The Scientific Voyage of the HMS Challenger
A captivating account of the 1872 voyage of the HMS Challenger to map the ocean floor. Filled with adventure, mishap, and pioneering discoveries.
author: Richard Corfield
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by 100+ List
Silent Spring
The landmark book that spurred revolutionary changes in government policy toward the environment and exposed the dangers of pesticides. The publication of this book launched the environmental movemen…
author: Rachel Carson
Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants
The fascinating story about the communication and behavior of elephants and how one woman discovered that elephants communicate with infrasound.
author: Katy Payne
Silent Witness – How Forensic Anthropology is Used to Solve the World’s Toughest Crimes
A detailed look at how forensic anthropology is used to identify human remains, as well as its role in solving crimes. Twenty-nine case studies are used to illuminate how forensic anthropologists gat…
author: Roxana Ferllini

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the planet will heat up between 1.4 and 5.8 degrees by the end of this century. Lyman explains the processes and examines the effects of thi…
author: Mark Lynas
Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics, Explained by its Most Brilliant Teacher
An introduction to the fundamentals of physics based on Feynman?s lectures at the California Institute of Technology between 1961and 1963. The six chapters introduce the following topics: atoms, bas…
author: Richard P. Feynman
Small Things Considered: Why There Is No Perfect Design
A look at the design of the ordinary items of our every-day lives, from light switches to toothbrushes; paper cups to duct tape and Velcro, to demonstrate the brilliance of simple design and the human…
author: Henry Petroski
Snow Crystals
For almost 50 years, W.A. Bentley caught and photographed snowflakes in his Jericho, Vermont workshop. The pictures were published in 1931, along with text by W. J. Humhreys. This book is a reproducti…
author: W. A Bentley, W. J. Humphreys
So Human an Animal: How We Are Shaped by Surroundings and Events
A discussion of the impact of environment on the development of humans. Dubos asks, are we becoming dehumanized by the conditions in which we live?
author: René Dubos

Social Intelligence – The New Science of Human Relationships
Goleman’s exploration of the latest findings in biology and brain science, showing that we are “wired to connect” to each other, and revealing the deep impact of our relationships on every aspect of o…
author: Daniel Goleman
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by 100+ List
Society of Mind
Minsky,co-founder of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT, sees the mind as a ?society? of tiny components that are themselves mindless. This book of 270 one-page essays builds on itself, each page…
author: Marvin Minsky
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Barry Logan
Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters along the World’s Coasts and Beneath the Seas
An epic personal narrative of a global journey to discover the condition of the ocean… and of mankind.
author: Carl Safina
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Pulitzer Prize 1982, American Book Award 1981
Soul of a New Machine
Pulitzer Prize winning investigative story of the inner workings of Data General Corporation’s research team of young computer wizards who were slated with the task of creating the fastest computer in…
author: Tracy Kidder
Steven Caney’s Ultimate Building Book
This comprehensive exploration of structural design, construction, and invention complimented with thousands of black-and-white photographs and illustrations will be of interest to children, teens and…
author: Steven Caney

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
An historical account spanning 2,000 years of medical and scientific research using cadavers.
author: Mary Roach
Stories of the Invisible: A Guided Tour of Molecules
A guide to molecules and how they are formed, materials that are created, their relationship to energy, and molecular motors.
author: Philip Ball
Story of Science – Einstein Adds a New Dimension
Though it sometimes seems like scientific knowledge just comes fully formed, Hakim?s book explores that hard-won knowledge ? how anyone ever figured it out, and even why anyone was wondering about it …
author: Joy Hakim
Story of Writing: Alphabets, Hieroglyphs & Pictograms
Examines the major writing systems of the world and the interconnection between sound, symbol and script. Includes over 350 illustrations, 50 in color.
author: Andrew Robinson
Strange Matters: Undiscovered Ideas at the Frontiers of Space and Time
A fascinating primer recounting the theories of the past, present, and the coming frontiers of theoretical physics.
author: Tom Siegfried

Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Lee Grodzins
Strangest Man – The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom
Paul Dirac was among the great scientific geniuses of the modern age. One of the discoverers of quantum mechanics, one of Einstein’s most admired colleagues, Dirac was in 1933 the youngest theoreticia…
author: Graham Farmelo
Strongest Boy in the World – How Genetic Information is Reshaping Our Lives
Reilly, a physician, geneticist and lawyer, presents twenty fascinating stories in his book that explore the possible impacts of genetics on the longevity and fitness of humans, the treatment of disea…
author: Philip R. Reilly
Structure of Scientific Revolutions
An historical and philosphical look at the emergence of new scientific theories and discoveries. Written as an essay, the author’s objective is to “urge a change in the perception and evaluation of fa…
author: Thomas S. Kuhn
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by 2007 Royal Prize for Science Books
Stumbling on Happiness
A witty, wry and amusing book “that describes what science has to tell us about how and how well the human brain can imagine its own future, and about how and how well it can predict which of those fu…
author: Daniel Gilbert
Summer World – A Season of Bounty
Author of Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival, Heinrich has now turned his attention to the warmer months of much activity in nature: growing, feeding, fighting, mating and reproducing. Con…
author: Bernd Heinrich

Nominated to be a Cornerstone by LA Times - Biography 1985
Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character
A collection of stories, compiled over seven years, that provide a glimpse into the mind and methods of Richard Feynman.
author: Richard P. Feynman as told to Ralph Leighton
Surprising Archaea: Discovering Another Domain of Life
A fascinating account of the discovery of the bacteria-evolved extemophiles, archaea.
author: John L. Howland
Symmetry – A Unifying Concept
A book filled with 550 photos and over 300 drawings of symmetry, both in art and in nature. Text is sometimes quite advanced, drawing from mathematics and chemistry in its discussions. Of interest m…
author: Istvan Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai