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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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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The Selfish Gene book

The Selfish Gene

Richard Dawkins

With his theory of the ‘selfish’ gene, Richard Dawkins took up the story of evolution essentially where Darwin had left off, changing for ever our perception of humanity and life on Earth. Since its first publication in 1976, The Selfish Gene has been translated into 25 languages, and it is considered one of the most important scientific works of the late 20th century.

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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 Double Helix book

The Double Helix

James Watson

A thrilling story of professional obsession and cut-throat rivalry; a battle of wits, which not only revealed how genetic material could replicate itself, but pushed modern science in an unprecedented direction.

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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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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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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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The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat book

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

Oliver Sacks

When Dr Oliver Sacks’s collection of case studies of neurobiological and neuropsychiatric conditions was first published in 1985, it touched an unexpected chord with the public, becoming an instant bestseller.

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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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Relativity book

Relativity

Albert Einstein

The essential guide to one of the most fundamental discoveries of modern science.

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Structures: or Why Things Don't Fall Down book

Structures: or Why Things Don't Fall Down

J. E. Gordon

J. E. Gordon reveals the unseen forces that hold up buildings, bridges and aeroplanes – but also animals, plants and humans. From space travels to the complexity of the human body - all the answers are here.

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'Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman!' book

'Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman!'

Richard Feynman

These autobiographical essays by physicist Richard Feynman show us the formation of a genius. Introduced by Brian Cox.

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Taming the Infinite book

Taming the Infinite

Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart guides us through the complete history of mathematics, from ancient Babylon to chaos theory. Introduced by Matt Parker.

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