Science and Natural History

Explore the world of science and technology with the Folio Society’s collection of beautiful books - from fascinating studies of the natural world, to revealing the mysteries of quantum physics and molecular biology. Each Folio book includes original illustrations or carefully researched photographs and comes in a unique hardback binding. See below for the full list of Folio Popular Science and Natural History books.

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Chaos: Making a New Science book

Chaos: Making a New Science

James Gleick

Dazzling colour images illuminate this award-winning story of game-changing scientific theory.

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The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science book

The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science

Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes presents an entertaining study of the extraordinary figures that changed the face of science.

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The Ascent Of Man book

The Ascent Of Man

Jacob Bronowski

Mankind’s journey from the harnessing of fire to the double helix - this unique, enthralling history is based on the classic television series.

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Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems book

Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems

Galileo Galilei

A fascinating insight into Galileo’s fundamental contribution to science. Introduced by the Pulitzer Prize finalist writer Dava Sobel.

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The Discovery of Tahiti book

The Discovery of Tahiti

George Robertson

A vivid and lively account of the HMS Dolphin’s visit to Tahiti, featuring exquisite wood engravings by Robert Gibbings.

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The Earth - An Intimate History book

The Earth - An Intimate History

Richard Fortey

In his ‘Intimate History’, Richard Fortey unlocks the geological secrets of the earth – its origin and the constant processes that destroy and create it. His aim is to unite the natural and human history of particular places with the geological realities that underlie them.

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Easy and Not-So-Easy Pieces      book

Easy and Not-So-Easy Pieces

Richard P. Feynman

This mind-bending collection - published to mark the 20th anniversary of Feynman's death - could change your view of science for ever.

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The Fatal Shore book

The Fatal Shore

Robert Hughes

The chilling story of the brutal colonisation of Australia, this epic account by Robert Hughes is a fascinating history of the youngest and yet most ancient of continents.

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Fermat’s Last Theorem book

Fermat’s Last Theorem

Simon Singh

Acclaimed science writer Simon Singh brilliantly reconstructs one of the greatest intellectual struggles in the history of mathematics - the 350-year search to find the proof for Fermat’s Last Theorem.

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From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life book

From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life

Jacques Barzun

The first illustrated edition of Barzun's synoptic journey through the history of Western thought, from the Reformation to the dawning ‘decadence’ of the 21Ž—st century.

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Greek Science book

Greek Science

G.E.R. Lloyd

G.E.R. Lloyd traces the birth of science from Thales to Galen. A new foreword by Lewis Wolpert, Emeritus Professor at University College London, pays tribute to the Ancient Greeks and to Lloyd’s exploration of their fundamental role.

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How the Mind Works book

How the Mind Works

Steven Pinker

What is happiness? Why do we fall in love? How do we recognise faces? Pinker's exhilarating book explores the machinery of the mind – its origins and development, and how we use it to interact with the world.

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Interpreting Dreams book

Interpreting Dreams

Sigmund Freud

Translated by J. A. Underwood

Ten fascinating oil paintings illustrate this edition of Freud's controversial and influential work.

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Longitude book

Longitude

Dava Sobel

A fascinating story of perilous seas and brilliant innovation, accompanied by wonderful colour photographs.

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On the Origin of Species book

On the Origin of Species

Charles Darwin

No book has revolutionised our view of life on earth more than Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. Yet its enduring popularity is a testament to the immense energy and startling simplicity with which Darwin makes his revelations.

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