Downloadable eBooks About Science
 - Where To Get Them Online.

-- by Alan Detwiler
Science is frequently of use to the average person for a variety of purposes. From getting drains unclogged to growing a vegetable garden, the principles of science enable us to successfully meet many of the demands of everyday living. Science is not only a tool, it is a toy and a source of wonder and satisfaction. The more each of us know about science the more we can accomplish and the more we can marvel at and appreciate all that science adds to our lives. Science is so empowering and so inspiring that discovery of principles of science can be a pleasureable hobby. Any new understanding has the potential of being useful in a practical way, at some time. And any new bit of understanding adds to awe that science inspires.
Below is a list of science books about topics of popular interest. The list includes only books available in electronic format at Make your own decision whether a particular book is useful to you. Everybody's circumstances and attitudes are different. Some of the books may be available through your local library.

eBooks about science available through

  1. See How It's Made: Clothes, Toys, Shoes, Food, Drinks, Skateboards
    Author: Smith, Penny; Mack, Lorrie
    Published By: Dorling Kindersley
    Format: Adobe
    Price: $15.99
    From chocolate to guitars, See How Itís Made lifts the lid on all kinds of everyday objects, foods, and toys, revealing the amazing ways theyíre manufactured.

  2. A Short History of Nearly Everything
    Author: Bryson, Bill
    Published By: Broadway Books
    Format: Adobe, Mobipocket Reader, Microsoft Reader
    Price: $16.95
    The story of the discoveries that comprise our understanding of the universe - atomic particles, the Big Bang theory, the composition of the universe, the rise of civilization, and the basic facts of physics, chemistry, biology, botany, climatology, and geology. Understanding how things got to be the way they are and understanding the biggest questions that science seeks to answer. Bryson sought the insight of archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, interviewed them and read their books and put their insights into understandable explanations
    Table of Contents
     Introduction 1 
    Pt. I Lost in the Cosmos 7 
    1 How to Build a Universe 9 
    2 Welcome to the Solar System 19 
    3 The Reverend Evans's Universe 29 
    Pt. II The Size of the Earth 41 
    4 The Measure of Things 43 
    5 The Stone-Breakers 63 
    6 Science Red in Tooth and Claw 79 
    7 Elemental Matters 97 
    Pt. III A New Age Dawns 113 
    8 Einstein's Universe 115 
    9 The Mighty Atom 133 
    10 Getting the Lead Out 149 
    11 Muster Mark's Quarks 161 
    12 The Earth Moves 173 
    Pt. IV Dangerous Planet 187 
    13 Bang! 189 
    14 The Fire Below 207 
    15 Dangerous Beauty 224 
    Pt. V Life Itself 237 
    16 Lonely Planet 239 
    17 Into the Troposphere 255 
    18 The Bounding Main 270 
    19 The Rise of Life 287 
    20 Small World 302 
    21 Life Goes On 321 
    22 Good-bye to All That 335 
    23 The Richness of Being 350 
    24 Cells 371 
    25 Darwin's Singular Notion 381 
    26 The Stuff of Life 397 
    Pt. VI The Road to Us 417 
    27 Ice Time 419 
    28 The Mysterious Biped 434 
    29 The Restless Ape 453 
    30 Good-bye 469
     Notes 479 
     Bibliography 517 
     Index 529 

  3. The Origin of the Species
    Author: Darwin, Charles
    Published By: Random House Publishing Group
    Format: Adobe, Mobipocket Reader, Microsoft Reader
    Price: $21.95
    Charles Darwins's presentation of the evidence for plant and animal species arising by small changes occurring from one generation to the next until one species evolves into another species. Why those changes occur. An outstandingly influencial work, written in the 1800s, but remains readable and engrossing.

  4. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
    Author: Taleb, Nassim Nicholas
    Published By: Random House Publishing Group
    Format: Adobe, Microsoft Reader
    Price: $27.00
    A black swan is a highly improbable event that has a huge impact. The author asserts that people are exceedingly ignorant of general trends and their consequences that lead to important, life-changing events. We are unable to recognize opportunities because we are occupied with the inconsequential. We concern ourselves with the inconsequential and what we already know and are convinced that we are reasonably able to forecast the future. But actually we have little awareness of influences leading to overwhelming events such as wars, 9-11, the rise of major religions, and revolutionary cultural changes. We simply and pay little attention to what we do not know and ignore the possibility of black swans. Taleb explains what we know about what we donít know and presents tactics for dealing with black swans and benefiting from them.

  5. Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
    Author: Mlodinow, Leonard
    Published By: Knopf Publishing Group
    Format: Adobe, Mobipocket Reader, Microsoft Reader
    Price: $24.95
    How randomness and probability affect our successes and failures and many of the occurrences and circumstances of our lives. how we misunderstand the significance of events and situations that are unknowingly determined more by chance than known cause and effect relationships. How many things in daily life are less reliable than we believe. Illustrates how common sense sometimes fails us in simple matters of probability. The psychological illusions that cause us to misjudge reality and miss what is truely meaningful. How to make decisions based on more realistic judgements. Proposes that much of what we experience is about as predictable as the steps of a stumbling man after a night at the bar. Uses historical narrative to implement a readable quick course in randomness and statistics without technical mathematics to aid understanding of real life problems and circumstances.

  6. Making a Good Brain Great: The Amen Clinic Program for Achieving and Sustaining Optimal Mental Performance
    Author: Daniel G. Amen, M.D.
    Published By: Harmony
    Adobe Price: $13.95 Mobipocket Reader, Microsoft Reader
    Price: $13.95
    What to eat for best mental performance How to protect your brain from injuries and toxins How to nourish your brain Mental exercises Best physical exercises How to achieve best mental attitude and mood From Dr. Amen's many years of experience. Somwhat overloaded with terminology but has useful information.

  7. The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
    Author: Pollan, Michael
    Published By: Random House Publishing Group
    Adobe Price, Mobipocket Reader, Microsoft Reader
    Price: $15.00
    Describes the impact of four plants on civilization: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato. Plant breeders continually improved the desirable qualities of those plants as humans became more and more dependant on and influenced by them. That coevolution has positive and negative effects on humans and the plants. The potato became a source of abundant, inexpensive food for humans. But our dependence on it resulted in the potato famine in the 1800 causing extreme hardship for millions of people. Through our cultivation of the plants, their distribution and number increased expotentially, and it would seem their continued existence became guarenteed. That could be thought of a great advantage for the plants caused by man's influence. Pollan points out benefits and potential tradgedies as we adapt plants to suit our desires - genetic accidents releasing invasive species or destructive genes into the ecosystem, our dependence of a few species of plants which perhaps are becoming increasingly vulnerable because of their ubiquitous and monocultural presence, loss of diversity resulting in instability of the ecosystem, and other potentially harmful effects of agricultural practices. A thoughtful and interesting treatment of our interdependence with plants and our unpredictable relationship with nature.

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