These are the great books of modern science that changed the way we think about physics, biology, medicine, mathematics, astronomy, computer science, and our environment.

Here are the books in the Science category. Click on a thumbnail to see first edition criteria (and photos).

Year

Title

Author

Publisher



Airways of America

1933


 

Airways of America
Title page and copyright page both say 1933 with no mention of subsequent  (more...)

Last: Lobeck
First: A.K.

 

GeographicalPress
Original Price: $2.50
Pages: 207

The Evolution of Physics (U.S.)

1938


 

The Evolution of Physics (U.S.)
This book was published simultaneously in the U.S. (by Simon and Schuster),  (more...)

Last: Einstein
First: Albert

 

Simon and Schuster
Original Price: $2.50
Pages: 319

Silent Spring

1962


 

Silent Spring
FIRST PRINTING is stated on the copyright page. Dust jacket carries a price  (more...)

Last: Carson
First: Rachel

 

Houghton Mifflin Company
Original Price: $5.00
Pages: 368

The Double Helix

1968


 

The Double Helix
First Edition is stated on the copyright page. Dust Jacket back has photo of  (more...)

Last: Watson
First: James

 

Atheneum
Original Price: $5.95
Pages: 226

The Andromeda Strain

1969


 

The Andromeda Strain
FIRST EDITION is stated on copyright page. (more...)

Last: Crichton
First: Michael

 

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $5.95
Pages: 295

Godel, Escher, Bach

1979


 

Godel, Escher, Bach
Copyright page has the number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Binding is brown  (more...)

Last: Hofstadter
First: Douglas

Pulitzer Prize

Basic Books
Original Price: $18.50
Pages: 777

Cosmos

1980


 

Cosmos
First Edition is stated on the copyright page below Random House full number  (more...)

Last: Sagan
First: Carl

 

Random House
Original Price: $19.95
Pages: 365

A Brief History of Time

1988


 

A Brief History of Time
The true first edition is the UK issue. The copyright page says Published  (more...)

Last: Hawking
First: Stephen

 

Bantam
Original Price: £14.95
Pages: 198

The Hot Zone

1994


 

The Hot Zone
First Edition is stated below Random House number line "9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2".  (more...)

Last: Preston
First: Richard

 

Random House
Original Price: $23.00
Pages: 300

Being Digital

1995


 

Being Digital
First Edition is stated on the bottom of the copyright page. (more...)

Last: Negroponte
First: Nicholas

 

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $23.00
Pages: 243

The Road Ahead

1995


 

The Road Ahead
"First published in 1995 by Viking Penguin," is stated on the copyright page  (more...)

Last: Gates
First: Bill

 

Viking
Original Price: $29.95
Pages: 286

A Beautiful Mind

1998


 

A Beautiful Mind
Copyright page has the number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. (more...)

Last: Nasar
First: Sylvia

 

Simon and Schuster
Original Price: $25.00
Pages: 459

A New Kind of Science

2002


 

A New Kind of Science
"First edition. First printing" is stated on the bottom of the copyright  (more...)

Last: Wolfram
First: Stephen

 

Wolfram Media
Original Price: 44.95
Pages: 1197

The Emperor Of All Maladies

2010


 

The Emperor Of All Maladies
Copyright page has full number line "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2". Boards are cream  (more...)

Last: Mukherjee
First: Siddhartha

Pulitzer Prize

Scribner
Original Price: $30.00
Pages: 571


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