Further Reading for General Science

Bibliography and recommended readings:

Unit 1: The Wonders of Science

The Scientific method

  • Beveridge, William I. B., The Art of Scientific Investigation, Vintage/Alfred A. Knopf, 1957.
  • Brody, Baruch A. and Capaldi, Nicholas, Science: Men, Methods, Goals: A Reader: Methods of Physical Science, W. A. Benjamin, 1968
  • Burks, Arthur W., Chance, Cause, Reason — An Inquiry into the Nature of Scientific Evidence, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, 1977.
  • Bynum, W.F.; Porter, Roy (2005), Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations, Oxford, ISBN 0-19-858409-1.
  • Einstein, Albert; Infeld, Leopold (1938), The Evolution of Physics: from early concepts to relativity and quanta, New York: Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0-671-20156-5
  • Gauch, Hugh G., Jr. (2003), Scientific Method in Practice, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-01708-4.
  • Jevons, William Stanley (1874), The Principles of Science: A Treatise on Logic and Scientific Method, Dover Publications, ISBN 1430487755. 1877, 1879. Reprinted with a foreword by Ernst Nagel, New York, NY, 1958.
  • Mill, John Stuart, "A System of Logic", University Press of the Pacific, Honolulu, 2002, ISBN 1-4102-0252-6.
  • Misak, Cheryl J., Truth and the End of Inquiry, A Peircean Account of Truth, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 1991.
  • Poincaré, Henri, Science and Hypothesis, 1905, Eprint
  • Pólya, George (1957). How to Solve It. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-08097-6.
  • Popper, Karl R., The Logic of Scientific Discovery, 1934, 1959.
  • Salmon, Wesley C., Four Decades of Scientific Explanation, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN, 1990.
  • Ziman, John (2000). Real Science: what it is, and what it means. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.  

Units 2 and 3: Life Science

  • Alberts, Bruce; Johnson, A, Lewis, J, Raff, M, Roberts, K & Walter, P (2002). Molecular Biology of the Cell (4th ed.). Garland. ISBN 978-0815332183.
  • Begon, Michael; Townsend, CR & Harper, JL (2005). Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems (4th ed.). Blackwell Publishing Limited. ISBN 978-1405111171.
  • Campbell, Neil (2004). Biology (7th ed.). Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company. ISBN 0-8053-7146-X.
  • Hoagland, Mahlon (2001). The Way Life Works (reprint ed.). Jones and Bartlett Publishers inc. ISBN 076371688X.
  • Janovy, John Jr. (2004). On Becoming a Biologist (2nd ed.). Bison Books. ISBN 0803276206.
  • Johnson, George B. (2005). Biology, Visualizing Life. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. ISBN 0-03-016723-X.
  • Tobin, Allan; Dusheck, Jennie (2005). Asking About Life (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. ISBN 0-534-40653X.

Lesson 4: Cells

  • Calladine, Chris R.; Drew, Horace R.; Luisi, Ben F. and Travers, Andrew A. (2003). Understanding DNA: the molecule & how it works. Amsterdam: Elsevier Academic Press. ISBN 0-12-155089-3.
  • Dennis, Carina; Julie Clayton (2003). 50 years of DNA. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1-4039-1479-6.
  • Olby, Robert C. (1994). The path to the double helix: the discovery of DNA. New York: Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-68117-3., first published in October 1974 by MacMillan, with foreword by Francis Crick;the definitive DNA textbook,revised in 1994 with a 9 page postscript.
  • Ridley, Matt (2006). Francis Crick: discoverer of the genetic code. Ashland, OH: Eminent Lives, Atlas Books. ISBN 0-06-082333-X.
  • Berry, Andrew; Watson, James D. (2003). DNA: the secret of life. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 0-375-41546-7.
  • Stent, Gunther Siegmund; Watson, James D. (1980). The double helix: a personal account of the discovery of the structure of DNA. New York: Norton. ISBN 0-393-95075-1.

Lesson 7: The Plant Kingdom


  • Evans, L. T. (1998). Feeding the Ten Billion - Plants and Population Growth. Cambridge University Press. Paperback, 247 pages. ISBN 0-521-64685-5.
  • Kenrick, Paul & Crane, Peter R. (1997). The Origin and Early Diversification of Land Plants: A Cladistic Study. Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution Press. ISBN 1-56098-730-8.
  • Raven, Peter H., Evert, Ray F., & Eichhorn, Susan E. (2005). Biology of Plants (7th ed.). New York: W. H. Freeman and Company. ISBN 0-7167-1007-2.
  • Taylor, Thomas N. & Taylor, Edith L. (1993). The Biology and Evolution of Fossil Plants. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-651589-4.
  • Trewavas, A. (2003). Aspects of Plant Intelligence, Annals of Botany 92: 1-20.

Species estimates and counts

  • International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (2004). IUCN Red List.
  • Prance, G. T. (2001). Discovering the Plant World. Taxon 50: 345-359. 

Lesson 9: Evolution

  • Carroll, S. (2005). Endless Forms Most Beautiful. New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-06016-0.
  • Charlesworth, C.B. and Charlesworth, D. (2003). Evolution. Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-192-80251-8.
  • Gould, S.J. (1989). Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History. New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-30700-X.
  • Jones, S. (2001). Almost Like a Whale: The Origin of Species Updated. (American title: Darwin's Ghost). New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-42277-5.
  • Maynard Smith, J. (1993). The Theory of Evolution: Canto Edition. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-45128-0.
  • Pallen, M.J. (2009). The Rough Guide to Evolution. Rough Guides. ISBN 978-1-85828-946-5.

History of evolutionary thought

  • Larson, E.J. (2004). Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory. New York: Modern Library. ISBN 0-679-64288-9.
  • Zimmer, C. (2001). Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea. London: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-060-19906-7.

Units 4 and 5: Physical Science

Lessons 14-15: Matter

  • Lillian Hoddeson, Michael Riordan, ed (1997). The Rise of the Standard Model. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521578167.
  • Timothy Paul Smith (2004). "The search for quarks in ordinary matter". Hidden Worlds. Princeton University Press. p. 1. ISBN 0691057737.
  • Harald Fritzsch (2005). Elementary Particles: Building blocks of matter. World Scientific. p. 1. ISBN 9812561412.
  • Bertrand Russell (1992). "The philosophy of matter". A Critical Exposition of the Philosophy of Leibniz (Reprint of 1937 2nd ed.). Routledge. p. 88. ISBN 041508296X.

Lesson 19: Electricity and Magnetism


  • Bird, John (2007), Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology, 3rd edition, Newnes, ISBN 0-978-8556-6
  • Duffin, W.J. (1980), Electricity and Magnetism, 3rd edition, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 007084111X
  • Edminister, Joseph (1965), Electric Circuits, 2nd Edition, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 07084397X
  • Hammond, Percy (1981), Electromagnetism for Engineers, Pergamon, ISBN 0-08-022104-1
  • Morely, A.; Hughes, E (1994), Principles of Electricity, Fifth edition, Longman, ISBN 0-582-22874-3
  • Naidu, M.S.; Kamataru, V. (1982), High Voltage Engineering, Tata McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-451786-4
  • Nilsson, James; Riedel, Susan (2007), Electric Circuits, Prentice Hall, ISBN 978-0131989252
  • Patterson, Walter C. (1999), Transforming Electricity: The Coming Generation of Change, Earthscan, ISBN 185383341X
  • Benjamin, P. (1898). A history of electricity (The intellectual rise in electricity) from antiquity to the days of Benjamin Franklin. New York: J. Wiley & Sons.

Units 6 and 7: Earth Science


  • Comins, Neil F. (2001). Discovering the Essential Universe (Second ed.). W. H. Freeman. ISBN 0-7167-5804-0.
  • Kirk Munsell, ed (2006-10-19). "Solar System Exploration: Earth". NASA. http://sse.jpl.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Earth&Display=OverviewLong. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
  • Ward, Peter D.; Donald Brownlee (2002). The Life and Death of Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate of Our World. Times Books, Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 0-8050-6781-7.
  • Williams, David R. (2004-09-01). "Earth Fact Sheet". NASA. http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/factsheet/earthfact.html. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
  • Yoder, Charles F. (1995). T. J. Ahrens. ed. Global Earth Physics: A Handbook of Physical Constants. Washington: American Geophysical Union. ISBN 0875908519.

Further reading

  • Allaby M., 2008. Dictionary of Earth Sciences, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0199211944
  • Adams, Simon; David Lambert (2006). Earth Science: An illustrated guide to science. New York NY 10001: Chelsea House. pp. 20. ISBN 0-8160-6164-5.
  • "Earth's Energy Budget". Oklahoma Climatological Survey. 1996-2004. http://okfirst.mesonet.org/train/meteorology/EnergyBudget.html. Retrieved 2007-11-17.
  • "NOAA National Ocean Service Education: Geodesy". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 2005-03-08. http://www.oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/kits/geodesy/welcome.html. Retrieved 2007-11-17.
  • Oldroyd, David (2006). Earth Cycles: A historical perspective. Westport, Connicticut: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-33229-0.
  • Reed, Christina (2008). Earth Science: Decade by Decade. New York, NY: Facts on File. ISBN 978-0816055333.
  • Smith, Gary A.; Aurora Pun (2006). How Does the Earth Work?. Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458: Pearson Prentice Hall. pp. 5. ISBN 0-13-034129-0.
  • Tarbuck E. J., Lutgens F. K., and Tasa D., 2002. Earth Science, Prentice Hall, ISBN 978-0130353900

(Submitted by: Cathy Pasinski; Last updated: September 12, 2009)

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