Natural Sciences Books

The natural sciences are becoming a big part of modern life. Not only are they part of much of the technology, medicine, and other modern marvels of the world, but they also play into our everyday lives. Many people need the natural sciences for their jobs. Many go to school to get degrees in natural sciences. Scientists can even be celebrities and role models on social media. Figures like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan, and Bill Nye are often household names, even for those who aren’t big into science. And natural science books are read both for education and out of pure curiosity by the public.

This is great news, showing that taking a close look at the world around us is “in style”. And more importantly than being in style, it’s also possible for more people. You don’t need to attend advanced classes in biology to learn about evolution. You don’t need to work in a lab to know about climate change. Natural sciences books such as those in this category make learning about these topics a possibility for everyone.

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Natural Sciences Books Categories

There are five main categories in which these natural science books fall, although they often overlap with each other: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, and Space Sciences. In each category you’ll find different styles of books for different readers’ needs. Some focus on technical details for students and professionals. These often start with basics and include ways to practice knowledge in the form of example problems. Others provide reading material for anyone, aiming to educate on certain topics without getting too technical. Take a look to see what piques your interest.


This area has always been somewhat mysterious, but we come closer to understanding it every day. It is the study of the physical structure, processes, and interactions of life, from the simplest single-celled creatures to the most intelligent primate on the planet. The natural sciences books here include helpful basics such as Concepts of Biology. In this book, non-biology-major students and others can grasp fundamentals in the field.

This makes it great for those who need to take biology courses as part of their “core” classes in school, but don’t find the area to be their forte. It starts off by looking at cells and genetics, moving on to molecular biology, evolution, and ecology. It also includes how these areas are applicable to technology and other practical areas. Other books such as Cell and Molecular Biology focus on narrower areas, but still covering groundwork first. It ensures the reader understands concepts like cells and genetics before getting into the more advanced material.


Natural sciences books in the area of chemistry shifts the focus away from life, at least for the most part. They look at the matter itself which comprises both life and all other things that exist. But the focus is on the bonds between the matter and how these bonds make the matter behave and interact in terms of chemical behavior, properties, composition, and reactions.

As an introduction to the topic, books like General Chemistry: Principles, Patterns, and Applications are perfect. Students just starting out in the field can gain strong foundations through the fresh examples and comprehensive introduction it offers. For more intermediate students, books such as Chemistry 2e might be the right choice. It still reviews intro material, but also extends into new topics. This includes example problems that connect to real-world problems, as well as useful reference tools about various chemical properties and conversions. This book would be a great guide to help students through second-semester chemistry courses.

Earth Sciences

In the Earth Sciences, you’ll learn about various topics that weave together to form the systems that comprise the Earth. One of the most popular natural science topics within the Earth sciences is geology, which you can find books and other material on throughout the Direct Knowledge site. Geology is the science that allows us to see into the past of the planet. The rocks that form the Earth’s crust as well as the interior all give us clues about this past, and can also reveal other secrets. For example, through geology we discover and extract valuable resources such as minerals and fossil fuels. The Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology takes a hands-on approach to this topic. It can serve as a great resource for professors creating their lesson plan and students working on intro geology courses.

Apart from academic texts, the natural sciences books here can provide some practical street knowledge as well. One of the geological events that regularly effects people is earthquakes. Living with Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest is an invaluable resource for anyone living in earthquake-prone zones looking to keep themselves safe. Other important Earth sciences topics found in these natural sciences books include climate change, minerals, and water.

Physics and Space Sciences

Arguably the mother of all physical sciences, physics looks at all things relating to matter. This includes motion, time, space, force, and energy. It studies everything from tiny subatomic particles to entire galaxies and the universe itself. This all involves a great deal of calculations that many people find challenging, but the natural sciences books here focusing on physics go to great effort to provide extra assistance.

University Physics Volume 1, for example, specifically works to give a solid foundation for beginner students. Two of the more challenging yet relevant areas of physics are those of Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity. Students won’t typically deal with these topics in-depth in first year classes, but will start to learn about their basics. Books on these calculation-heavy topics typically include thorough explanations and engaging examples all at a pace ideal for students.

Physics also plays a big role in other areas such as space sciences. Introductory natural sciences books like Astronomy will include a bit of physics in with other basics about gravity, planets, stars, and more. The solar system get’s a spot in the limelight, but you’ll be able to explore the depths of space as well in this category of natural sciences books.


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