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Top Popular Science Books

Top Popular Science Books

When the Royal Society of New Zealand asked its members to nominate their top ten popular science books, the results were diverse. Of the more than one hundred nominations that came in, very few agreed with each other.

However, a few literary and scientific gems shone through: the undeniable winner was "E=mc2", by David Bodanis. This "biography" of the world's most famous equation is also the third ranked book in Wellington's Unity Books' science bestsellers list.

Compiled with sales figures from the last five years, this list shares several other titles with those on the Royal Society's book poll. "Fermat's Last Theorem" by Simon Singh and "Longitude" by Dava Sobel also feature high on both lists.

Royal Society members' top books 1. "E=mc2" by David Bodanis 2. "Guns Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies", by Jared Diamond 2=. "The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry" by Bryan Sykes 3. "Fermat's Last Theorem" by Simon Singh 4. "Longitude" by Dava Sobel

For the full list of nominations, see

Unity Books science bestsellers 1. "An Intimate History of Humanity" by Theodore Zeldin (Vintage) 2. "Guns, Germs and Steel" by Jared Diamond (Vintage) 3. "E=mc2" by David Bodanis (Macmillan) 4. "Longitude" by Dava Sobel (Fourth Estate) 5. "Cod" by Mark Kurlansky (Vintage) 6. "How the Mind Works" by Steven Pinker (Penguin) 7. "Good News for a Chance" by David Suzuki (Allen & Unwin) 8. "Fermat's Last Theorem" by Simon Singh (Fourth Estate) 9. "Galileo's Daughter" by Dava Sobel (Fourth Estate) 10. "Pythagoras' Trousers" by Margaret Wertheim (Fourth Estate)

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