It has begun. The annual year's best science books posting orgy!
Every year for the past 4 or 5 years I've been linking to and posting about all the "year's best books" lists that appear in various media outlets and highlighting the science books that are mentioned. From the beginning it's been a pretty popular service so I'm happy to continue it.
For my purposes, I define science books pretty broadly to include science, engineering, computing, history & philosophy of science & technology, environment, social aspects of science and even business books about technology trends or technology innovation.
I'm also always looking for recommendations and notifications of book lists as they appear in various media outlets. If you see one that I haven't covered, please let me know at jdupuis at yorku dot ca or in the comments here.
Last year's lists can be found here.
So let us take a look at this year's first list: Amazon.com!
The list is cobbled together from various categories of their Top 100 Editors' Picks.
- The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu
- Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson
- The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home by Dan Ariely
- The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum
- Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory by Peter Hessler
- Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter by Tom Bissell
- The World According to Monsanto by Marie-Monique Robin
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
- The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
- The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean
- Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar
- The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking
- The Mind's Eye by Oliver Sacks
- The Evolution of Childhood: Relationships, Emotion, Mind by Melvin Konner
- Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality by Jonathan Weiner
- Here's Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math by Alex Bellos