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Created by: Themis-Athena's Garden of Books

The Flat Book Society emerged from the "Invention of Nature" buddy read:
http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/90/buddy-read-for-the-invention-of-nature

The plan is to read a nonfiction science book together at given intervals (yet to be decided -- suggestions go from "every month" to "every 2 or 3 months").

This is a list of the books that have been suggested for the group read.

Books: 90

1.
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal - Mary Roach
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
Note: Votes: 9

(Times suggested: 2
Times endorsed: 7)
2.
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life - Helen Czerski
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Note: Votes: 7

(Times suggested: 4
Times endorsed: 3)
3.
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Ma... - Sam Kean
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
Note: Votes: 7

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 6)
4.
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More ... - Val McDermid
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime
Note: Votes: 5

(Times suggested: 2
Times endorsed: 3)
5.
Darwin's Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution - Rebecca Stott
Darwin's Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution
Note: Votes: 5

(Times suggested: 2
Times endorsed: 3)
6.
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Or... - Peter Godfrey-Smith
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
Note: Votes: 4

(Times suggested: 2
Times endorsed: 2)
7.
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the Wo... - Michael Pollan
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
Note: Votes: 4

(Times suggested: 2
Times endorsed: 2)
8.
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? - Frans de Waal
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
Note: Votes: 4

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 3)
9.
The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Lov... - Sam Kean
The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
Note: Votes: 4

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 3)
10.
Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Ye... - Marc Cashman, Neil Shubin
Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
Note: Votes: 4

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 3)
11.
The Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the... - Richard Holmes
The Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science
Note: Votes: 3

(Times suggested: 2
Times endorsed: 1)
12.
My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bone... - Brian Switek
My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs
Note: Votes: 3

(Times suggested: 2
Times endorsed: 1)
13.
Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New ... - Angela Saini
Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story
Note: Votes: 3

(Times suggested: 2
Times endorsed: 1)
14.
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History - Elizabeth Kolbert
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Note: Votes: 3

(Times suggested: 2
Times endorsed: 1)
15.
Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the... - Richard Fortey
Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind
Note: Votes: 3

(Times suggested: 2
Times endorsed: 1)
16.
The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield H... - Thomas Hager
The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug
Note: Votes: 3

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 2)
17.
How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming - Mike Brown
How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming
Note: Votes: 3

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 2)
18.
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration i... - Sy Montgomery
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
Note: Votes: 3

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 2)
19.
A Is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie - Kathryn Harkup
A Is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie
Note: Votes: 3

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 2)
20.
The Science of Everyday Life - Marty Jopson
The Science of Everyday Life
Note: Votes: 2

(Times suggested: 2)
21.
The Inheritor's Powder: A Tale of Arsenic, Murder,... - Sandra Hempel
The Inheritor's Powder: A Tale of Arsenic, Murder, and the New Forensic Science
Note: Votes: 2

(Times suggested: 2)
22.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Note: Votes: 2

(Times suggested: 2)
23.
How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extincti... - Beth J. Shapiro
How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction
Note: Votes: 2

(Times suggested: 2)
24.
The Vital Question: Why is Life the Way it is? - Nick Lane
The Vital Question: Why is Life the Way it is?
Note: Votes: 2

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 1)
25.
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a... - Ed Yong
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Note: Votes: 2

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 1)
26.
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Inte... - Lisa Randall
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe
Note: Votes: 2

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 1)
27.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Note: Votes: 2

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 1)
28.
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth - Chris Hadfield
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
Note: Votes: 2

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 1)
29.
Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Her... - Jennifer Wright
Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
Note: Votes: 2

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 1)
30.
Aladdin's Lamp: How Greek Science Came to Europe T... - John Freely
Aladdin's Lamp: How Greek Science Came to Europe Through the Islamic World
Note: Votes: 2

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 1)
31.
The Dilemmas of an Upright Man: Max Planck and the... - J. L. Heilbron
The Dilemmas of an Upright Man: Max Planck and the Fortunes of German Science
Note: Votes: 2

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 1)
32.
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials T... - Mark Miodownik
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World
Note: Votes: 2

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 1)
33.
Atoms Under the Floorboards: The Surprising Scienc... - Chris Woodford
Atoms Under the Floorboards: The Surprising Science Hidden in Your Home
Note: Votes: 2

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 1)
34.
The Riddle of the Compass - Amir D. Aczel
The Riddle of the Compass
Note: Votes: 2

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 1)
35.
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard ... - Dava Sobel
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars
Note: Votes: 3

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 2)
36.
13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling... - Michael Brooks
13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time
Note: Votes: 2

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 1=
37.
Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolu... - Lisa Jardine
Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolution
Note: Votes: 2

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 1)
38.
Herding Hemingway's Cats: Understanding how our ge... - Kat Arney
Herding Hemingway's Cats: Understanding how our genes work
Note: Votes: 2

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 1)
39.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They... - Peter Wohlleben
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries From a Secret World
Note: Votes: 2

(Times suggested: 1
Times endorsed: 1)
40.
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History - Cynthia Barnett
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History
Note:
41.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat - Oliver Sacks
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Note:
42.
What Really Happens If You're Swallowed by a Whale... - Cody Cassidy, Paul Doherty
What Really Happens If You're Swallowed by a Whale, Get Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling Over Niagara...and Then You're Dead
Note:
43.
Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life - Matin Durrani, Liz Kalaugher
Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life
Note:
44.
American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch th... - David Baron
American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World
Note:
45.
The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our... - Jonathan Weiner
The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
Note:
46.
The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Wh... - Nancy Marie Brown
The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages
Note:
47.
The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really Tr... - Dave McKean, Richard Dawkins
The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True
Note:
48.
Life in a Shell: A Physiologist's View of a Turtle - Donald C. Jackson
Life in a Shell: A Physiologist's View of a Turtle
Note:
49.
Opening Skinner's Box: Great Psychological Experim... - Lauren Slater
Opening Skinner's Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century
Note:
50.
The Day the Universe Changed: How Galileo's Telesc... - James Burke
The Day the Universe Changed: How Galileo's Telescope Changed the Truth
Note:
51.
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the M... - Steven Johnson
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
Note:
52.
Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space - Janna Levin
Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space
Note:
53.
Seeing Further - Bill Bryson
Seeing Further
Note:
54.
Journey to the Centre of the Earth: The Remarkable... - David Whitehouse
Journey to the Centre of the Earth: The Remarkable Voyage of Scientific Discovery into the Heart of Our World
Note:
55.
Life: An Unauthorised Biography - A Natural Histor... - Richard Fortey
Life: An Unauthorised Biography - A Natural History of the First Four Thousand Million Years of Life on Earth
Note:
56.
The Worst of Times: How Life on Earth Survived Eig... - Paul B. Wignall
The Worst of Times: How Life on Earth Survived Eighty Million Years of Extinction
Note:
57.
Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Ye... - Andrew H. Knoll
Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth (Princeton Science Library)
Note:
58.
Extinction: How Life on Earth Nearly Ended 250 Mil... - Douglas H. Erwin
Extinction: How Life on Earth Nearly Ended 250 Million Years Ago
Note:
59.
The Cell: Discovering the Microscopic World that D... - Joshua Z. Rappoport
The Cell: Discovering the Microscopic World that Determines Our Health, Our Consciousness, and Our Future
Note:
60.
Science and the City: The Mechanics Behind the Met... - Laurie Winkless
Science and the City: The Mechanics Behind the Metropolis
Note:
61.
Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-extinct... - Helen Pilcher
Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-extinction
Note:
62.
Biopunk: Kitchen-Counter Scientists Hack the Softw... - Marcus Wohlsen
Biopunk: Kitchen-Counter Scientists Hack the Software of Life
Note:
63.
Venomous: How Earth's Deadliest Creatures Mastered... - Christie Wilcox
Venomous: How Earth's Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry
Note:
64.
Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World - Richard C. Francis
Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World
Note:
65.
When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinctio... - Michael J. Benton
When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time
Note:
66.
The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories from the Li... - Bob Berman
The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet
Note:
67.
The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth's His... - David Beerling
The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth's History
Note:
68.
Horseshoe Crab: Biography of a Survivor - Anthony D. Fredericks, Glenn Gauvry
Horseshoe Crab: Biography of a Survivor
Note:
69.
Restless Creatures - Matt Wilkinson
Restless Creatures
Note:
70.
The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of ... - David R. Montgomery, Anne Biklé
The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health
Note:
71.
Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations - David R. Montgomery
Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations
Note:
72.
What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwat... - Jonathan Balcombe
What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins
Note:
73.
The Gecko's Foot: Bio-inspiration: Engineering New... - Peter Forbes
The Gecko's Foot: Bio-inspiration: Engineering New Materials from Nature
Note:
74.
Papyrus: The Plant that Changed the World: From An... - John Gaudet
Papyrus: The Plant that Changed the World: From Ancient Egypt to Today's Water Wars
Note:
75.
The Goldilocks Planet: The 4 Billion Year Story of... - Mark Williams, Jan Zalasiewicz
The Goldilocks Planet: The 4 Billion Year Story of Earth's Climate
Note:
76.
The Making of the Atomic Bomb - Richard Rhodes
The Making of the Atomic Bomb
Note:
77.
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature o... - Stephen Jay Gould
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History
Note:
78.
Adventures in Human Being (Wellcome) - Gavin Francis
Adventures in Human Being (Wellcome)
Note:
79.
The Genius of Birds - Jennifer Ackerman
The Genius of Birds
Note:
80.
Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Or... - Ian Tattersall
Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins (Macmillan Science)
Note:
81.
QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter - Richard P. Feynman
QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
Note:
82.
Oxygen: The molecule that made the world - Nick Lane
Oxygen: The molecule that made the world
Note:
83.
Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed Histo... - Penny Le Couteur, Jay Burreson
Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History
Note:
84.
Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Moth... - Amy Stewart
Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities
Note:
85.
The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the W... - Amy Stewart
The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
Note:
86.
The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of... - Amy Stewart
The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms
Note:
87.
Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One ... - Ben Mezrich
Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures
Note:
88.
Dinosaurs in the Attic: An Excursion into the Amer... - Douglas J. Preston
Dinosaurs in the Attic: An Excursion into the American Museum of Natural History
Note:
89.
Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the... - Maryanne Wolf
Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain
Note:
90.
Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens - Andrea Wulf
Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens
Note:
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Comments

Comments:
Murder by Death
Holy crap - 80 books! We have plenty to be getting started with don't we?! Wow.
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
Wide variety of disciplines covered, too.
Person Of Interest
Douglas Preston --of the Preston-Child team that write the Pendergast novels-- has also written several non-fiction books. I'm not sure if this one fits our science book parameters, but it's along the same lines as 'Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum'. It's called 'Dinosaurs in the Attic: An Excursion into the American Museum of Natural History' and was written in 1986.

ISBN-10: 0312210981
ISBN-13: 978-0312210984
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
Just saw this one, which looks interesting: Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History's Most Iconic Creatures, by Ben Mezrich.
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Yes, also a book just mentioned by Debbie (http://donealrice.booklikes.com/post/1589179/looks-interesting) -- "Proust and the Squid". Unless everybody but me has already read it since it's a bit older? I remember it popping up in my recommendations a few years ago, in the end just never got around to it.
Murder by Death
Both of those look good - I also just received in the post Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World / 9780553446791. I don't know anything about it beyond the blurb, but the blurb makes it look good. :)
Debbie's Spurts
"Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World" isbn13 9780544483941 at http://booklikes.com/stuff-matters-exploring-the-marvelous-materials-that-shape-our-man-made-wor/book,13429510 . And usbn13 9780393609394, "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry" at http://booklikes.com/astrophysics-for-people-in-a-hurry-neil-degrasse-tyson/book,13819133
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Both on the list (## 27 and 32).
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
I just got one in the mail today - "Chasing Venus," by Andrea Wulf.
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
The author of "The Invention of Nature"? That's a recommendation in and of itself. What's it about?

ETA: Oh, never mind, I saw when I added the book. Astronomy!

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