Reading lists

Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw share their favourite science books

Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw, the authors of Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos pick 6 scientific reads that have inspired them.

Jeff Forshaw and Brian Cox
Jeff Forshaw and Brian Cox


Carl Sagan

A joyful celebration of science and civilization, but also a powerful polemic. Sagan views our existence from the perspective of an astronomer, and implores us to behave as a unified global civilisation on a small planet which must take responsibility for its own survival. 


The First Three Minutes

Steven Weinberg

Still the best book explaining what happened just after the Big Bang. Weinberg has a no nonsense, almost dead-pan style and his writing is lucid. Not surprising since he is one of the greatest physicists of the 20th century.


The Age of Wonder

Richard Holmes

A beautiful description of why we do science - Davy, Banks, Darwin - they were all correct: science is a romantic pursuit, and the more cynical 21st century view of science as some sort of vehicle for economic progress is plain wrong!


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