Bill Nye’s Books to Buy

The science legend reveals his favorite reads

Bill Nye has been science-ing in the public eye for over 20 years, most notably hosting the Emmy Award-winning PBS/ Discovery Channel show Bill Nye the Science Guy. Currently, Bill hosts the Netflix show Bill Nye Saves the World (cue affectionate drool). When most people think of Bill Nye, they think of these two words: “science” and “guy” (see below).

For this special Author’s Bookshelf, we asked Bill what came to mind when he thought about Strand (which is often and with great admiration), and he surprised us by saying “books.” We asked Bill what his favorite books were, and he gave us a list of science-y and non-science-y picks. Below are some of his favorites, including his newest book, where on the cover, he is arguably the most dapper scientist we’ve ever seen.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil De Grasse Tyson

Who has time to contemplate astrophysics? We do, actually. Some would say too much time. But if you don’t, this book will come in handy and will help you answer the big questions you have about space, time, and the universe.

Bonus: It’s written by Bill’s best friend forever, Neil deGrasse Tyson:

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Everything All at Once by Bill Nye

This awesome book, by the man himself, is about how to unleash your inner nerd in order to make an impact on your own life and in the world. He advocates for change and offers solutions to problems plaguing the planet. It’s everything all at once, and we think that’s just the right amount.

Cosmos by Carl Sagan

One of the most popular science books out there, Cosmos focuses on cosmic evolution, going back billions of years to explore the origins of life and humanity’s place in it. 10/10 recommend for science super fans.

Chasing Space by Leland Melvin

If you don’t buy this book just to stare at the cover photo for more than is comfortable to those around you, you should buy it to read its insightful content. This intriguing memoir focuses on Leland Melvin’s career as a former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver.

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

A deeply moving memoir about a family and culture in crisis, Hillbilly Elegy describes the struggles of impoverished working class white Americans in the Rust Belt.

Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin

Comedy legend and multi-talented author Steve Martin pens a candid and hysterical memoir about his journey through and out of the stand-up world. Born Standing Up is Steve Martin in all of his light-haired magnificence.

Cry Beloved Country by Alan Paton

This poignant novel focuses on the South African Apartheid and one man’s life within it. A Zulu priest leaves his village to find his missing sister and son, facing poverty and racial injustice in 1940's Johannesburg.

Save The Cat by Blake Snyder

An expert in show business provides the one book you’ll ever need on screenwriting. This book describes the best practices and techniques for screenwriting with a dose of humor. Plus, you’d have to be kind of heartless to not want to save the cat.

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

A retired and wheelchair-bound historian decides to write about how his grandparents helped build civilization in the American west. In doing so, he learns about his own life and the generations that preceded his.

The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman

In this insightful nonfiction work, Thomas Friedman discusses globalization and the subsequent “flattening” of the globe in the Twenty-First Century. The book makes complex topics like foreign policy and American economic struggles easy to digest.

The Moral Arc by Michael Shermer

As the subtitle suggests, this work discusses how science and reason improve culture and society. Using examples of past thinkers in history, Shermer proves that employing scientific techniques leads to greater human understanding. That we can get behind.

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Honorable Mentions (a.k.a. Other Books Bill Likes)

Bonus #2: This video

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