Big Questions in Ecology and Evolution, Thomas Sherratt, Oxford University Press 2009
The field of ecology is advancing rapidly. This book attempts to make research understandable to the layman. It is more about evolution than ecology. Of local interest: the author is a Carleton professor. 300 pages.
Think Smart : a Neuroscientist’s Prescription for improving your brain’s performance / Richard Restak, Riverhead Books, 2009
Here is a very readable book on how the brain works, and how it improves or degrades based on your mental activities and diet. There is no ‘junk science’ here. Medical science is advancing fast with the use of fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging). 275 pages, hardcover.
On Intelligence, Jeff Hawkins, Times, 2004
This book by the inventor / developer of the Palm Pilot PDA, discusses how the brain works in clear non-academic language. Hardcover, 250 pages.
Molecular & cell biology for dummies, René Fester Kratz, Wiley, 2009
Lots of us should be looking to work in Biotech, and this book is a good way to get familiar with the field. 350 pages.
DNA and Genealogy, Colleen Fitzpatrick, (- 2005)
DNA testing is advancing fast, and useful tests are available by mail order. If you want to understand the science behind it, this book will help. Unfortunately, it is a bit dated. 150 pages.