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Science, Not Silence: A March for Science Reading List

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The critical role that scientific research plays in our health, safety, understanding of the natural world, and future as a species is under threat. With an administration that is pushing to suppress scientific evidence and keep scientists from communicating their findings, our need for empirical inquiry into how to protect our home and sustain our resources is more important than ever. That’s why the March for Science, an emerging and growing grassroots movement, is launching nationwide tomorrow, April 22. Scientists and science supporters, teachers and parents, global citizens and policymakers will take to the streets, united, to defend and advocate for science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.

Defending science, though, doesn’t end with the march. The best way to make sure science will influence policy is to encourage people to value and engage with it. As always, education is where the power for change lies. To that end, we reached out to some of our authors who write on a variety of science topics to ask for recommendations of books they’ve read. Further down, you will find a few recommended selections from our catalog, too. You can find more of our science titles from our Science and Medicine list.

Let’s march and enrich our education! And as Neil deGrasse Tyson said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, we’re on a four-year mission to make America smart again.

EriksenMarcus Eriksen, author of the forthcoming Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution

Edward O. Wilson: Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life



Danielle OfriDanielle Ofri, author of What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear 

Carol Ann Rinzler: Leonardo’s Foot: How 10 Toes, 52 Bones, and 66 Muscles Shaped the Human World 



Fred PearceFred Pearce, author of The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature’s Salvation 

Alex Evans: The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren’t Enough? 



Eileen PollackEileen Pollack, author of The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys’ Club 

John Donvan and Caren Zucker: In a Different Key: The Story of Autism 



Angela SainiAngela Saini, author of the forthcoming Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story 

Adam Rutherford: A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes 



John ShivikJohn Shivik, author of the forthcoming Mousy Cats and Sheepish Coyotes: The Science of Animal Personalities 

Laurel Braitman: Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves 

Frans de Waal: The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism among the Primates 


StephensonWen Stephenson, author of What We’re Fighting For Now Is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice 

Michael E. Mann: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines 

Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway: Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming 

Shawn Otto: The War on Science: Who’s Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It 


Recommended Reading from Our Catalog. For more titles, browse our Science and Medicine list.