Feel enlightened and get a deep understanding of some science field...
A Listmania! list by A. Panda(Guadalajara, Mexico)
The list author says: "These science books are not merely anecdotal, but provide a deep understanding of the field in question. They explain how things really work and how everything fits together to give you a broad view, leaving very few loose ends. Finally, they are written in a very understandable way for the general reader, not assumming previous knowledge. Just my type of book!"
"Excellent explanation of the way cells work, their components and how they are organized, the way they read genetic instructions and finally the different functions they perform and that ultimately constitute "life itself"."
"This book gives you a good overview of the relatively new science field called "biomechanics", comparing how nature and human engineers show different solutions to problems for motion, stability, dealing with friction, etc."
"Great explanation that starts with how our ears are constructed to respond to sound and to trigger a response in our brains. It explains how we peceive sounds, tone, rythm, melody, etc. from a physical, neurological and psychological perspective, to convey an integrated vision and enhance our understanding of music."
"This book explains with very good examples the driving forces ("laws") behind language change (both from the perspective of structure and meaning). These forces are responsible for language decay but also for language creativity. Extremely understandable, redable and best of all, ENJOYABLE."
"In this book you will find a summary of Traditional Economics from Adam Smith to present day, as well as an explanation of what the author calls complexity economics: which is based on evolution and complexity theories (like emergence). This book presents the economy as a complex adaptive system, insted of a closed system in equilibrium between supply and demand. Just great."
"Cultural anthropology reveals interesting insights to cultural traits of different societies, as well as some rituals and beliefs, based on the resources available to the specific cultures. Get an insight of why some food prohibitions are based on the "sacred" or "evil" status of the animal or food."
"This is one of the most astounding and groundbreaking books I have read. This book tries to establish the laws of a general biology, which can explain life anywhere in the universe and in any form the ecosystems would adopt. It tries to "investigate" into the origins of life and into its defining properties from different perspectives: biology, chemistry, physics, complexity and networks."
"Comprehensive study of the "How's" in language. Starting from how we generate sounds and speech (anatomical explanations of the vocal apparatus), how we articulate, how we write, how we perceive and decode, how we assign meaning and structure to how we make use of new modes of communication that are neither spoken nor written, but in between, like electronic media."
"This book explains symbiosis and coopereration between microorganisms as the basis for complex systems and as a different approach to evolution. Microorganisms are everywhere, even inside our cells as mitochondrias... Excellent book, meets the criteria of "feeling enlightened", although some details are missing for a deep understanding."
"Excellent introduction into probability and statistics starting from how the required math was not available until the Middle Ages and even until the invention of calculus. A lot of interesting and relevant examples will show you how randomness affects our lifes more than we think and how a poor understanding of probability can make us take poor decisions in medicine, justice, etc."