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 2012 lists are here.
This post includes the following:
- Brain on Fire: My Month of Madnessby Susannah Cahalan
- Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoirby Ellen Forney
- The Social Conquest of Earthby Edward O. Wilson
- The Making of the Atomic Bomb: 25th Anniversary Edition by Richard Rhodes
- Dinosaur Art edited by Steve White
- Military History: The Definitive Visual Guide to the Objects of Warfare by Gareth Jones, Senior Editor
- Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural Historyby Florence Williams
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
- The Wisdom of Psychopaths : What Saints, Spies and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Successby Kevin Dutton
- Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana — Medical, Recreational and Scientificby Martin A. Lee
- The Undead: Organ Harvesting, the Ice-Water Test, Beating-Heart Cadavers — How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death by Dick Teresi
- On The Modern Cult of Factish Gods by Bruno Latour
- Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
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 most of my 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.