Bill Nye in Bill Nye the Science Guy. Courtesy of David Alvarado, Structure Films

It’s hard to say the name Bill Nye without following it up with “the Science Guy” – a title etched into the brains of those who grew up watching the Emmy-winning PBS children’s science show of which a bow-tied Nye was host. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book “Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation,” and “Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World.” Bill Nye Saves the World is Netflix’s current follow up to Bill Nye the Science Guy — its second season is streaming now.

Below are Bill Nye’s favorite books, available to purchase individually or as a set.


The Elements of Style

William Strunk, Jr., Maira Kalman and E.B. White
This is my guide. I accept that I’ll never write anything as good as the introductory essay by E.B. White. It’s brilliant. As a guy, who is often asked to read aloud from radio scripts and teleprompter, I am a fan of the serial comma. Red, white, and blue comes out properly. Red, white and blue, seldom does.
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Born Standing Up

Steve Martin
This is the story of my hero. The guy who inspired me to do what I do now.
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Carl Sagan
“Cosmos” is the story of my other hero, Carl Sagan. The other guy who inspired me to do what I do now.
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Hillbilly Elegy

J.D. Vance
“Hillbilly Elegy” provides the reader with insight into how the United States got into its current mess. People with strong and often inconsistent values feel disenfranchised and often don’t act in their own best interest. I hope J.D. Vance’s story will help us learn to work together and improve the quality of life for all our citizens.
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Fundamentals of Modern Physics

Robert Martin Eisberg
The “Fundamentals of Modern Physics” is just that. It has been said: “All science is physics.” When I learned the fundamentals of physics, my view of the world and life itself was changed forever.
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The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars

Michael Mann
The Hockey Stick graph changed the way most of us understood the natural history of Earth. Ours is only the second species known to be capable of changing the climate of an entire planet. Intuitively, you’d think we’d have more awareness of our influence than blue-green algae. But these days, I’m not so sure.
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The Physics of Baseball

Robert Adair
A book that provides us with words to live and play by.
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Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Jean Lee Latham 
It’s about a real-life American hero who pulls himself through life with genius and hard work. He inspired me as kid — he still does. I hope to make the movie someday soon.
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Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

Liza Mundy
“Code Girls” is the story of the remarkable women, including my mother, who served our country and helped shorten World War II. My mom is mentioned in the book.
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Angle of Repose

Wallace Stegner
Is is about human stories intertwined, just like your life and mine.
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