As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I've done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
And here we are in 2015!
As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science policy, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.
Today's list is The Telegraph Best Science Books 2015.
- NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman
- Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
- Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science by Richard Dawkins
- The Vital Question: Why is life the way it is? by Nick Lane
- Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology by Johnjoe McFadden, Jim Al-Khalili
- 13.8: The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything by John Gribbin
- A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design by Frank Wilczek
- Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution from the Origin of the Universe by John Hands
- The Cabaret of Plants: Botany and the Imagination by Richard Mabey
- The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science by Andrea Wulf
And check out my previous 2015 lists here!
Many of the lists I use are sourced via the Largehearted Boy master list.
(Astute readers will notice that I kind of petered out on this project a couple of years ago and never got around to the end of year summary since then. Before loosing steam, I ended up featuring dozens and dozens of lists, virtually every list I could find that had science books on it. While it was kind of cool to be so comprehensive, not to mention that it gave the summary posts a certain statistical weight, it was also way more work than I had really envisioned way back in 2008 or so when I started doing this. As a result, I'm only going to highlight particularly large or noteworthy lists this year and forgo any kind of end of year summary. Basically, all the fun but not so much of the drudgery.)