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1 QUIET by Susan Cain. Crown. Introverts -- one-third of the population -- are undervalued in American society. (Last month's ranking: 1)

2 THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The winner of a Nobel in economic science discusses how we make choices in business and personal life and when we can and cannot trust our intuitions. (2)

3 THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot. Crown. The story of an African-American woman whose cancerous cells were extensively cultured without her permission in 1951. (8)

4 THE HAPPINESS PROJECT by Gretchen Rubin. HarperCollins. In a hunt for happiness, the author consulted science, ancient wisdom and pop culture. (7)

5 THE POWER OF HABIT by Charles Duhigg. Random House. A New York Times reporter's account of the science behind forming habits, and breaking them. (9)

6 BIG DATA by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The science of making sense of vast collections of information to change the way we think about business, health, politics and more.

7 THE AUTISTIC BRAIN by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The autism activist's personal and professional perspective on the spectrum of behaviors, perceptions and sensory experiences of this condition. (10)

8 WHAT DO WOMEN WANT? by Daniel Bergner. Ecco/HarperCollins. The origins and nature of female desire, based on survey findings and scientific studies in fields from anatomy and psychiatry to primatology.

9 SUBLIMINALLY EXPOSED by Steven Dayan. Morgan James. A physician argues that evolutionary logic drives thoughts and behaviors.

10 THE SIGNAL AND THE NOISE by Nate Silver. Penguin. An interdisciplinary guide to the art and science of prediction, from poker to flu outbreaks to earthquakes, by the writer of The Times's FiveThirtyEight blog.

The titles ranked here are selected by the science editors from all adult nonfiction books reported to The New York Times for the month. These titles are fundamentally based on the sciences; those for which science is more tangential or peripheral are generally excluded. Rankings reflect combined print and e-book sales for June 2013. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book's sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders. More information on rankings and methodology: nytimes.com/science.

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This article originally appeared in The New York Times.


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