In the past few weeks we've been asking our Twitter followers what their favourite popular science books on biodiversity and early evolution* are - what would they recommend to a non-scientist friend?
David Quammen's Song of the Dodo had multiple recommendations, as did Stephen Jay Gould's Wonderful Life. E.O. Wilson's Diversity of Life gets a mention, as well as newer books like Ed Yong's I Contain Multitudes
We had fewer replies to our early evolution question, but as well as some crossovers (see above!) some great recommendations, such as Neil Shubin's Inner Fish (not necessarily his own personal one...), Andrew Knoll's Life on a Young Planet, and Brian Switek's Written in Stone
Got any ideas for future popular science book topics you'd like to hear recommendations on? Immediate plans include human evolution (arguably the most prolific pop sci topic?) and we'll do a follow-up post.
As for me, I'm excited to read some of these recommendations and will continue plugging my latest favourite, Matt Wilkinson's Restless Creatures: the Story of Life in Ten Movements, to anyone who will listen!