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Books about life, the universe and everything

"The Cell" book cover
“The Cell” turns the inner workings of life into a coffee-table book. (University of Chicago Press)

Fans of the late science-fiction humorist Douglas Adams know that the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42 – but what’s the answer to the annual holiday gift conundrum?

If you’re buying a gift for a science geek, the answer just might come in the form of books about life, the universe and everything. There are far more than 42 volumes that could serve, but we’ll go halfway with a roundup of 21 science books suitable for holiday giving (and reading).

Get the full list on GeekWire.

By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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