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 Library Journal Best Books 2015 Core Nonfiction.
- The Death of Cancer: After Fifty Years on the Front Lines of Medicine, a Pioneering Oncologist Reveals Why the War on Cancer Is Winnable—and How We Can Get There by DeVita, Vincent T & Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn
- The Heart Healers: The Misfits, Mavericks, and Rebels Who Created the Greatest Medical Breakthrough of Our Lives by Forrester, James
- Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life by Nagoski, Emily
- Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine by Offit, Paul A
- Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science by Dreger, Alice
- The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Montgomery, Sy
- Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction, and the Precarious Future of Wild Things by O’Connor, M.R
- NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Silberman, Steve
- The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Wulf, Andrea
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.)