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For an overview of this item's appearances in the Fallout series of games, see Big Book of Science.

The Big Book of Science is a collection of writings on general science, written before the Great War.


A set of books containing information about different scientific fields. Reading permanently improves the player character's Science skill. Time will pass while reading. If used in the inventory screen, rather than used in weapon slots, time will not pass until the inventory screen is exited.



Closest map markerLocation description
CathedralTower, level 3, on bookshelf
CathedralLair, level 1, on the floor
GlowLevel 1, in locker
GlowLevel 4, in locker
The HubMerchant: Mitch in Downtown
The HubMerchant: Mrs. Stapleton in Downtown

Fallout 2Edit

Closest map markerLocation description
Gecko's nuclear power plantOn the shelves in the supply cabinet.
Vault 8In a locker in the south-eastern quarters.
Gecko settlementOn the shelves in the Manager's Office.
StablesOn the shelves in Myron's workroom.
Sierra Army DepotTwo in the desk in the CO's quarters, level three.
Sierra Army DepotIn the hands of a skeleton, level four.
NavarroOn the shelves in the Commander's office.
NavarroIn the workbench next to Quincy.
Enclave Oil RigOn the scientist in the mainframe room, Reactor Level.
New California RepublicOn the bookshelf in the outpost, NCR Bazaar.
Vault CityMerchant: Randal
San FranciscoMerchant: Lao Chou, Flying Dragon 8
Vault CityInner City Information Center, given to you by Chief Librarian Kohl if you profess a love of books.


Chemistry journals look identical to Big Books of Science, and are almost completely useless, except for a quest in Fallout. In Fallout 2, however, they are completely useless.

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