Another list for your reading, gift-giving and collection development pleasure.
Every year for the last bunch of years I've been linking to and posting about all the "year's best sciencey books" lists that appear in various media outlets and shining a bit of light on the best of the year.
All the previous 2011 lists are here.
This post includes the following: The Financial Times.
- Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier by Edward Glaeser
- Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson
- DarkMarket: CyberThieves, CyberCops and You by Misha Glenny
- The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World by Daniel Yergin
- Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science by Michael Nielsen
- The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History and Its Causes by Steven Pinker
- The Tell-Tale Brain: Unlocking the Mystery of Human Nature by VS Ramachandran
- Rat Island: Predators in Paradise and the World's Greatest Wildlife Rescue by William Stolzenburg
I'm 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.
I am picking up a lot of lists from Largehearted Boy.
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. Deciding what is and isn't a science book is squishy at best, especially at the margins, but in the end I pick books that seem broadly about science and technology rather than something else completely. Lists of business, history or nature books are among the tricky ones.