Great science-minded coffee table books

Decorative books that are beautiful and fascinating. Just like you.

Coffee Table Books
Want to feel like an adult? Buy a big glossy book for your coffee table.Pixabay

Haters don't understand "the point" of coffee table books. These thick decorative tomes can do a lot, though. They offer something for your guests to flip through while you're grabbing beers or brewing tea. They're good for gussying up Instagram photos and can serve as appealing monitor stands. Even if your coffee table books don't do anything, per se, they're still a fun way to express your personality and interests.

We've picked out some stunning volumes for folks who love science. These books showcase photos from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and feature deconstructed Swiss Army knives. Read on.

The Life and Love of the Sea by Lewis Blackwell
The Life and Love of the Sea Hardcover Lewis Blackwell
The Life and Love of the Sea is an amazing collection of underwater photography. The book shows things such as packs of penguins darting to the surface and gives access to bonus footage through a scannable QR code.Amazon
Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living by Todd McLellan
Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living by Todd McLellan
Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living deconstructs electronics and other machines, then artfully arranges the pieces. See all the parts that make up a watch, a bicycle, or a blender from the 1960s.Amazon
Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel
Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel
Underwater Dogs might be the best thing on the planet. View dogs as they jump into water. It's the cutest.Amazon
The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy by Ursus Wehrli
The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy by Ursus Wehrli
The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy captures the compulsive organization of everyday items by color, size, and letter of the alphabet. Some of the objects include spices, drying laundry, and soup.Amazon
Water by Bernhard Edmaier
by Bernhard Edmaier
Just a bunch of lovely pictures of water.Amazon
Wildlife of the World by DK Publishing
Wildlife of the World by DK Publishing
Learn about cheetahs, jaguars, penguins, and a whole lot more in the 480 pages of Wildlife of the World.Amazon
Taste: The Infographic Book of Food by Laura Rowe
Taste: The Infographic Book of Food by Laura Rowe
Taste: The Infographic Book of Food explores food through infographics. The book visualizes things like how many types of apples exist in the world, nutritional stats, and how acids in fruit give them their tastes.Amazon
Star Wars: The Blueprints by J.W. Rinzler
Star Wars: The Blueprints by J.W. Rinzler
Star Wars: The Blueprints takes a look at the Star Wars universe through over 250 blueprints and more than 500 photographs of spaceships, droids, and designs the different worlds.Amazon
Sea by Mark Laita
Sea by Mark Laita
Sea is a beautiful compilation of deep sea critters. On inky, eerie backdrops find jellyfish, sea horses, and eels.Amazon
Earth and Space: Photographs from the Archives of NASA by Nirmala Nataraj
Earth and Space: Photographs from the Archives of NASA by Nirmala Nataraj
Earth and Space: Photographs from the Archives of NASA gives you a glance at the solar system and the celestial bodies of space. Each photo is accompanied by text, so you'll be able to learn about Pandora's Cluster, solar flares, and space dust.Amazon
Evolution: A Visual Record by Robert Clark
Evolution: A Visual Record by Robert Clark
In his Evolution: A Visual Record, Robert Clark uses photos of reptiles, plants, and mammals as a springboard for a discussion on evolutionary biology.Amazon
Geek-Art: An Anthology: Art, Design, Illustration & Pop Culture by Thomas Olivri
Geek-Art: An Anthology: Art, Design, Illustration & Pop Culture by Thomas Olivri
Geek-Art: An Anthology: Art, Design, Illustration & Pop Culture has over 750 images of geek-inspired art, including Lego-created Star Wars sets and superhero cards styled as antique baseball cards.Amazon
The Geometry of Pasta by Caz Hildebrand and Jacob Kenedy
The Geometry of Pasta The Geometry of Pasta by Caz Hildebrand and Jacob Kenedy
The Geometry of Pasta explores the history and shapes of your favorite noodles. Also included: sauce recipes, instructions about when you should salt your water, and a look at how shapes were created to optimize sauce delivery. You'll have a lot to say at dinner parties.Amazon
Hubble: Imaging Space and Time by David H. Devorkin and Robert Smith
Hubble: Imaging Space and Time by David H. Devorkin and Robert Smith
Hubble: Imaging Space and Time has more than 200 images taken from the Hubble Space Telescope. The book, published in 2008, shows the birth of a star, how black holes affect other galaxies, and a "giant galaxy cannibalizing a smaller galaxy."Amazon
The LEGO Architect by by Tom Alphin
The LEGO Architect by by Tom Alphin
These LEGO structures span seven architectural styles, including Neoclassical, Prairie, and Art Deco.Amazon
Overview: A New Perspective of Earth by Benjamin Grant
Overview: A New Perspective of Earth by Benjamin Grant
Overview: A New Perspective of Earth showcases over 200 photos of how humans have influenced industry, agriculture, architecture, and nature from above. For example: the book shows areas where we have extracted ore and left "scar tissue" and "artificial" colors.Amazon
Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color by Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker
Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color by Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker
The authors of Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color point to over 200 art pieces that they match to specific Pantone colors in order to examine color trends over time.Amazon
Philographics: Big Ideas in Simple Shapes by Genis Carreras
Philographics: Big Ideas in Simple Shapes by Genis Carreras
Philographics: Big Ideas in Simple Shapes attempts to merge philosophy and graphic design by illustrating complex ideas—absolutism, relativism, and existentialism—through geometric shapes and colors.Amazon
Plant: Exploring the Botanical World
Plant: Exploring the Botanical World
Plant: Exploring the Botanical World takes a look at plant-life through photography, watercolor, and micrograph scans (which shows microscopic details about an item's surface composition and topography).Amazon
100 Diagrams That Changed the World: From the Earliest Cave Paintings to the Innovation of the iPod
100 Diagrams That Changed the World: From the Earliest Cave Paintings to the Innovation of the iPod
Take a look at 100 Diagrams That Changed the World: From the Earliest Cave Paintings to the Innovation of the iPod to check out influential designs, like early versions of the color wheel.Amazon
Above the World: Earth Through A Drone's Eye
Above the World: Earth Through A Drone's Eye
Above the World: Earth Through A Drone's Eye is a book of photos from professional and nonprofessional drone photographers.Amazon
Animalium: Welcome to the Museum by Jenny Broom
Animalium: Welcome to the Museum by Jenny Broom
Animalium: Welcome to the Museum has 200 full-color illustrations—a collection intended to mimic the experience of attending the actual natural history museum.Amazon
Ansel Adams in the National Parks: Photographs from America's Wild Places
Ansel Adams in the National Parks: Photographs from America's Wild Places
Interested in nature and parks? Take a look at Ansel Adams in the National Parks: Photographs from America's Wild Places. It has over 200 unpublished photos. Adams, of course, was an American photographer and environmentalist famous for his work with the American wilderness.Amazon
Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere by Zach Klein and Steven Leckart
Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere by Zach Klein and Steven Leckart
Drool over cabins and the woods with Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere.Amazon
Beaches by Gray Malin
Beaches by Gray Malin
Beaches lets you take a quick vacation around the world. View beautiful images of beaches from Capri to Cape Town.Amazon
The Designer's Cookbook: 12 Colors, 12 Menus
The Designer's Cookbook: 12 Colors, 12 Menus
The Designer's Cookbook: 12 Colors, 12 Menus is a cookbook with a design twist. Each "menu" is color coordinated, so you can have an entirely red meal, with red onion soup, red velvet salad with raspberry dressing, and red wine sherbert.Amazon
Crap Taxidermy by Kat Su
Crap Taxidermy by Kat Su
Crap Taxidermy is exactly what it sounds like.Amazon
Dogs by Lewis Blackwell
Dogs by Lewis Blackwell
Dogs is a photographic tribute to man's best friend. See Afghan hounds, Dalmatians and Hungarian Komondors as they run, jump, and nap.Amazon
Earth On Fire: How Volcanoes Shape Our Planet by Angelika Jung-Huettl
Earth On Fire: How Volcanoes Shape Our Planet by Angelika Jung-Huettl
Earth On Fire: How Volcanoes Shape Our Planet features photos of flowing lava, plumes of smoke, and ash-coated scenery.Amazon
EarthArt: Colours of the Earth by Bernhard Edmaier
EarthArt: Colours of the Earth by Bernhard Edmaier
EarthArt: Colours of the Earth is a collection of 150 aerial photos of the world, including vast deserts, oceans, and bubbling mud pools.Amazon