Reading science books is a great way to expand your mind and teach you things you didn’t know you wanted to know. But if you’re like me, you might struggle to find the time to sit down and read a complex nonfiction book, even if it’s really entertaining. So the best option is audiobooks.
We’ve curated a collection of engaging science audiobooks covering a range of topics from evolution to mental health, food science to Neanderthals and more.
If you’re looking for more ideas for your reading list, try our collection of the best science books or the best science books for kids.
The Best Science Audiobooks of 2022
Rebecca Rag Sykes
When we call someone a Neanderthal, we usually mean that they were savage, violent, or stupid.exist relativesArchaeologist Rebecca Wragg Sykes revealed we owe our cousins an apology.
These ancient humans were different from us in many ways, but similar to us in many more ways. They dress, create art, and take care of each other—in other words, they’re smart and compassionate. Wragg Sykes walks us through the discoveries that changed everything we thought we knew about Neanderthals.
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We often hear that birds are descended from dinosaurs and all land animals are descended from fish. But somewhere along the line, the ancient ancestors of modern species must have made huge evolutionary leaps to make these changes possible.
How did dinosaurs evolve wings for flight, and how did fish evolve lungs to breathe on land? The answer is that the question is wrong. Massive evolutionary change occurs entirely through a different mechanism: repurposing features that already exist.
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exist some assembly requiredNeil Shubin – co-discoverer of Tiktaalic, the “missing link” between fish and land animals – explains how these changes happened.
Eugenics and racial difference studies were rejected after World War II, but unfortunately, that doesn’t mean their ideas no longer have any impact on society.
exist Predominant, Angela Saini takes us through the history of race science, starting with the birth of race as a concept — which, by the way, has no basis in science. Saini has followed the story to this day, exploring why the science of race is on the rise again and how it fuels dangerous far-right beliefs.
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They say a leopard never changes its spots. Well, maybe for leopards, but not necessarily for humans. It’s not as simple as setting some New Year’s resolutions and changing your entire life, but neuroscientist Dr. Christian Jarrett believes that with enough time and effort, you can change every aspect of your personality.
If you have a specific goal—say, to be more outgoing to help you succeed at work—there are some tips to help you achieve it. It’s all based on psychological research, so you have the best chance of making the change stick.
Mental health has become a big topic in recent years, and more and more campaigns have raised awareness of the issue. So, in general, we are well aware that mental illness can affect anyone, and we all need help sometimes.
But we know very little about science. What happens to our brains when our mental health takes a hit? How do antidepressants and talk therapy actually help? Is it really “all in your head”?Neuroscientist Dean Burnett uses cutting-edge research to answer all these questions and more psychology.
Caroline Criado Perez
Have you ever noticed that men are considered the default and women are the exception? Maybe it’s in superhero movies, where only a few movies in the movie world have heroines; maybe it’s a new phone that’s too big for the average woman to hold comfortably in her hand; maybe it’s when someone thinks “Smith” The Doctor” was a man.
Often, these are just annoyances – but they can also be costly, even fatal. For example, did you know that the EU did not require new cars to be tested on female crash test dummies until 2015?
exist invisible womanCaroline Criado Perez reveals all the ways our world is male-centric, why it’s a problem, and what we can do to fix it.
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Everyone has their own ideas about what we should eat, what diet we should follow, and how best to lose weight. But while food and dietary advice is ubiquitous, it’s rarely backed by good science.
Luckily for us, epidemiologist Professor Tim Spector is here to explain why everything we’ve been told about our diets is wrong – even in official government advice. With the latest research, he explains the truth behind myths and fashion.
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