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English 342: Science Writing

This guide can be used to help with assignments in English 342, Science Writing.

What is a Popular Science Book?

Popular science books are written about scientific topics in accessible, easy-to-understand syntax and language. Popular science texts are great avenues to gain an overview of a field or topical area or learn about a niche area of scientific inquiry. These books are typically written by scientific experts or science writers and journalists.

Are you unsure of whether or not the book that you are looking for is a popular or scholarly piece? Are you curious about why the differences are important? Visit this resource by the University of Southern California for more information.

Searching for Popular Science Books

There are many places to search for popular science books, such as:

  1. Check science publications with specific popular science review sections.
    • Example: The Smithsonian's "Ten Best Science Books" round up. This roundup occurs annually; 2020 and 2019 can be found here.
  2. Search websites that review popular science books.

Selected Popular Sciences Works


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