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: New Scientist (via Culture Lab blog).
- The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life by Robert Trivers
- The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True by Richard Dawkins
- The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
- Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
- Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World by Lisa Randall
- The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
- Survivors by Richard Fortey
- The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World by David Deutsch
- Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man by Mark Changizi
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.