Archive for: December, 2013

Best Science Books 2013: Washington Post

Dec 31 2013 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.

This time it's Washington Post Notable nonfiction of 2013.

  • Blackett's War: The Men Who Defeated the Nazi U-Boats and Brought Science to the Art of Warfare by Stephen Budiansky
  • Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe by Mario Livio
  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan
  • The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks by Amy Stewart
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
  • The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism by Kristine Barnett
  • The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein

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. The summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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Best Science Books 2013: io9

Dec 31 2013 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.

This time it's io9 Holiday Gift Books for Lovers of Science and Science Fiction.

  • Southern Light: Images from Antarctica by David Neilson
  • Out of the Wild: Zoo Portraits by Boza Ivanovic, Barbara Stauss
  • Earth from Space by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
  • Beautiful Whale by Bryant Austin, Sylvia A. Earle
  • The Anatomy Coloring Book by Wynn Kapit, Lawrence M. Elson
  • Backyard Ballistics, 2nd Edition by William Curstelle
  • Zero to Maker by David Lang

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. The summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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Best Science Books 2013: Brain Pickings

Dec 30 2013 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.

This time it's Brian Pickings: The 13 Best Science and Technology Books of 2013, The 13 Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2013, The 13 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2013, The Best Photography Books of 2013, Cats, Dogs, and the Human Condition: The Year’s Best Books about Pets and Animals, The 13 Best Art and Design Books of 2013.

  • This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works edited by John Brockman
  • You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey, Soyeon Kim
  • On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz
  • Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America by Jon Mooallem
  • Thinking In Numbers: On Life, Love, Meaning, and Math by Daniel Tammet
  • Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better by Clive Thompson
  • Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science by Dorion Sagan
  • Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect by Matthew D. Lieberman
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
  • Wonders of the Solar System by Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen
  • Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists by Ainissa Ramirez
  • Oliver Byrne. Six Books of Euclid edited by Werner Oechslin
  • Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am?: Big Questions and Instant Answers by Gemma Elwin Harris
  • Darwin: A Graphic Biography by Eugene Byrne, Simon Gurr
  • Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age by Jack Copeland
  • Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception by Claudia Hammond
  • Thinking: The New Science of Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Prediction edited by John Brockma
  • This Is Mars by Alfred McEwen, Francis Rocard, Nicolas Mangold, Xavier Barral
  • The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think by Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods
  • Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures by Virginia Morell
  • Fritz Kahn by Uta and Thilo von Debschitz
  • The Best American Infographics 2013 by Gareth Cook

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. The summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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Best Science Books 2013: Science for the People!

Dec 28 2013 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.

This time it's Science for the People Science Up Your Holidays.

  • Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani, illustrated by Maris Wicks
  • Mountainfit by Meera Lee Seth
  • Speaking to My Madness: How I Searched for Myself in Schizophrenia by Roberta Payne
  • The Unfeathered Bird by Katrina van Grouw
  • Red Rover: Inside the Story of Robotic Space Exploration, from Genesis to the Mars Rover Curiosity by Roger Wiens
  • National Geographic Angry Birds Furious Forces: The Physics at Play in the World's Most Popular Game by Rhett Allain

(Disclaimer: I selected Primates for this list as one of 2013's guests of the Science for the People podcast/radio show)

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. The summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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Best New Science Books 2013: Financial Times

Dec 27 2013 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.

This time it's Financial Times Books of the Year.

  • The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World, by William Nordhaus
  • The War of the Sexes: How Conflict and Cooperation Have Shaped Men and Women from Prehistory to the Present, by Paul Seabright
  • Writing on the Wall: Social Media – The First 2,000 Years, by Tom Standage
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, by Brad Stone
  • The Plough That Broke the Steppes: Agriculture and Environment on Russia’s Grasslands, 1700-1914, by David Moon
  • Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century, by Geoffrey Parke
  • An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist, by Richard Dawkins
  • Population 10 Billion: The Coming Demographic Crisis and How to Survive it, by Danny Dorling
  • Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-Made World, by Mark Miodownik
  • Creation: The Origin of Life/The Future of Life, by Adam Rutherford
  • Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life, by J Craig Vente
  • The Sports Gene: What Makes the Perfect Athlete, by David Epstein

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. The summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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Best Science Books 2013: Bookish

Dec 26 2013 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.

This time it's Bookish Best Business Books, History and Politics.

  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
  • Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal by Nick Bilton
  • The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business by Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen
  • Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War to Start a Revolution by Fred Vogelstein
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything by Chris Hadfield
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

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. The summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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Best Science Books 2013: Goodreads

Dec 24 2013 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.

This time it's Goodreads Choice Awards 2013: Memoir & Autobiography, History & Biography, NonFiction.

  • The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius by Kristine Barnett
  • Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
  • The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
  • Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients by Ben Goldacre
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

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. The summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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Best Science Books 2013: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Dec 20 2013 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.

This time it's Scientific American/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux Our Favorite Science Books of 2013. This list seems a bit self-serving but it's interesting enough to include.

  • Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America by Jon Mooallem
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
  • The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber
  • Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin
  • Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air by Richard Holmes
  • The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics by Leonard Susskind, George Hrabovsky
  • Neutrino Hunters: The Thrilling Chase for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Ray Jayawardhana
  • Top Brain, Bottom Brain: Surprising Insights into How You Think by Stephen Kosslyn, GWayne Miller
  • The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery by George Johnson
  • Newton's Football: The Science Behind America's Game by Allen St. John, Ainissa Ramirez
  • Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars by Lee Billings
  • On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz
  • The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell Us by Noson S Yanofsky

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. The summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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Friday Fun: 5 Signs the Tech Industry Finally Ran Out of Ideas in 2013

Dec 20 2013 Published by under friday fun

Happy holidays everyone!

This will probably be the last Friday Fun of the year (and yes, I promise to try and get closer to my old weekly schedule next year...) so I thought I'd feature something with a year end theme.

And really, haven't we all thought at times that the tech industry is really just making all this stuff up as they go along, with really no more aim in mind than taking our money and wasting our time?

5 Signs the Tech Industry Finally Ran Out of Ideas in 2013

  1. Apple Appears to Have Stopped Innovating
  2. 3D TV Failed, and Television Makers Are Lost as to What's Next
  3. Wearable Gadgets Arrived, and They're as Ridiculous as You Thought

    Like Google Glass, the Next Big Thing in smartphone technology that tantalized nerds with the promise of augmented reality (aka Terminator vision) and threatened the rest of us with a future full of drooling Glass zombies shuffling around, deeply engrossed in apps only they can see. The reality is these smart glasses have only a few hours of battery life, can only display a tiny, grainy image, often don't work if you already wear glasses, don't fold up for easy storage, and oh, by the way, are much less capable than even a cheap smartphone -- in other words, you still need to keep a phone in your pocket. So Glass adds to the amount of shit you have to carry around, and charge, and upgrade. You may recognize this multiplication and complication of consumer tech as the exact opposite of what technology has been trying to accomplish for the last 50 years or so.

  4. The New Game Consoles Arrived, Based on Features No One Could Want
  5. 2013 Was the Year Google Finally Turned Evil

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Best Science Books: Electronic Frontier Foundation

Dec 18 2013 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.

This time it's EFF's Reading List: Books of 2013.

  • The Internet Police: How Crime Went Online, and the Cops Followed by Nate Anderson
  • On Internet Freedom by Marvin Ammori
  • Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism and Society edited by Benedetta Brevini, Arne Hintz, and Patrick McCurdy
  • Copyright Unbalanced: From Incentive to Excess edited by Jerry Brito
  • Coding Freedom by Gabriella Coleman
  • Captive Audience by Susan Crawford
  • Black Code: Inside the Battle for Cyberspace by Ronald J. Deibert
  • Homeland by Cory Doctorow
  • This Machine Kills Secrets by Andy Greenberg
  • The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind—and Changed the History of Free Speech in America by Thomas Healy
  • A Copyright Masquerade by Monica Horten
  • Exploding the Phone by Phil Lapsley
  • To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov
  • Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals and Reagan's Rise to Power by Seth Rosenfeld
  • Carry On: Sound Advice from Schneier on Security by Bruce Schneier
  • The Human Face of Big Data by Rick Smolan

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. The summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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