Archive for: December, 2017

Best Science Books 2017: ScienceNews favorite science books of 2017

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, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

And here we are in 2017!

As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science policy, public health, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.

Today's list is ScienceNews favorite science books of 2017.

  • Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States by James C. Scott
  • The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet by Henry Fountain
  • Eclipse: Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon by Frank Close
  • Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction by Britt Wray
  • Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats by Maryn McKenna
  • Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong-and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini
  • Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us by Sam Kean
  • Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston
  • The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
  • How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution by Lee Alan Dugatkin,‎ Lyudmila Trut
  • Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Sarah Scoles
  • A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer A. Doudna,‎ Samuel H. Sternberg

And check out my previous 2017 lists here!

You can also check out my appearances on the Science for the People Gifts for Nerds podcasts for the last few years: 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 right here!

Many of the lists I use are sourced via the Largehearted Boy master list.

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Best Science Books 2007: GeekWire Holiday science book guide for 2017: Give them the cosmos for Christmas

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, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

And here we are in 2017!

As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science policy, public health, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.

Today's list is GeekWire Holiday science book guide for 2017: Give them the cosmos for Christmas.

  • Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe by Kimberly Arcand and Megan Watzke
  • Otherworlds: Visions of Our Solar System by Michael Benson
  • Big Pacific: Passionate, Voracious, Mysterious, Violent by Rebecca Tansley
  • The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids--And the Kids We Have by Bonnie Rochman
  • Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weiner
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston
  • Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions by Richard Harris
  • Wicked Bugs: The Meanest, Deadliest, Grossest Bugs on Earth by Amy Stewart, Briony Morrow-Cribbs
  • Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond by Martin Jenkins
  • Try This Extreme: 50 Fun and Safe Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You by Karen Romano Young

And check out my previous 2017 lists here!

You can also check out my appearances on the Science for the People Gifts for Nerds podcasts for the last few years: 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 right here!

Many of the lists I use are sourced via the Largehearted Boy master list.

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Best Science Books 2017: Brain Pickings 7 Favorite Science Books of 2017

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, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

And here we are in 2017!

As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science policy, public health, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.

Today's list is Brain Pickings 7 Favorite Science Books of 2017.

  • The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks
  • The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors by David George Haskell
  • Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy
  • Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation by Alan Burdick
  • The Great Unknown: Seven Journeys to the Frontiers of Science by Marcus du Sautoy
  • The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe by Clifford V. Johnson
  • Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin

And check out my previous 2017 lists here!

You can also check out my appearances on the Science for the People Gifts for Nerds podcasts for the last few years: 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 right here!

Many of the lists I use are sourced via the Largehearted Boy master list.

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Best Jazz Albums 2017: A list of lists

Dec 21 2017 Published by under friday fun, music, music mondays, Uncategorized

A new bizarre obsession seems to have taken hold, to join the Best Science Books one. Sad! No, happy!

I've also done lists for 2015 and 2016 and look forward to doing another for 2018 in twelve months time!

This particular post collects lists of "best of the year" jazz albums I've found across various websites. For the purposes of this project, I'm not giving each list its own post and showcasing the albums that are part of the list. That's an awful lot of work, which I'm reserving for the science books project which is more core to the mission of this blog.

Note: I've included a few not-exclusively-jazz lists if they've happened to include either jazz sections or lots of jazz-ish items. If this project has any happy outcome, it would have to be my readers broadening their musical horizons by discovering great new music through these lists, the wider and more varied the better.

If I've missed any important list, please let me know in the comments. In particular, I'm really looking to expand my coverage beyond English-language lists. I've got a few in French and even on in Italian and I'd love get more. I"ll likely update this list of lists at least one more time, likely in the first or second week of January 2018.

 

 

Some additional resources: Metacritic Music Critic Top Ten Lists

My top 10 Albums? Not possible to come up with any sort of consistent permanents best list, but sure, here goes, in alphabetical order of course. And by "best" I really mean a few albums that made an impression. I'll also concentrate on maybe a few that didn't get as much attention in the lists above.

  • A Rift In Decorum, Ambrose Akinmusire
  • Eternal Stories, Michel Portal, Richard Héry, Xavier Tribolet, Quatuor Ebène
  • Far From Over, Vijay Iyer Sextet
  • Freedom Highway, Rhiannon Giddens
  • Infinitude, Christine & Ingrid Jensen w Ben Monder
  • Ladilikan, Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet
  • Live from the Fox Oakland, Tedeschi Trucks Band
  • Our Point Of View, Blue Note All-Stars
  • Signs LIVE!, Peter Bernstein Quartet
  • The Passion Of Charlie Parker, Various artists
  • Under the Influence Suite, Orchestre National de Jazz Montréal, Christine Jensen, dir.

 

Favourite concerts? A few of those too!

  • Coco Love Alcorn, Auer House (house concert)
  • Dave Liebman & Mike Murley Quartet, The Rex
  • Joel Frahm w/Turboprop, The Rex
  • Mike Downes Quartet, Gallery 345
  • DKV, The Burdock (TONE fest)
  • Christine and Ingrid Jensen / Infinitude, L'Astral (FIJM)
  • Joshua Redman Still Dreaming, Maison Symphonique (FIJM)
  • Lizz Wright, Monument National (FIJM)
  • Dave Young Quintet, The Rex
  • Lina Allemano Trio, Handlebar (KMJF)
  • A Tribute to Muddy Waters & Howling Wolf featuring Paul DesLauriers, Julian Fauth, Dylan Wickens, Guy Belanger and Jack de Keyzer, Danny Marks host, Hugh's Room

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Best Science Books 2017: Carl Zimmer's Read to Lead List

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, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

And here we are in 2017!

As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science policy, public health, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.

Today's list is Carl Zimmer's Read to Lead List. Not sure I've ever posted an author's best books list from their Facebook page, but since Zimmer's one of the best writers out there and his list is a pretty interesting one, I figure there's a first time for everything. Enjoy!

  • A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer A. Doudna,‎ Samuel H. Sternberg
  • How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution by Lee Alan Dugatkin,‎ Lyudmila Trut
  • A Different Kind of Animal: How Culture Transformed Our Species by Robert Boyd
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky
  • A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes by Adam Rutherford
  • Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats by Maryn McKenna
  • Deep Thinkers: Inside the Minds of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises by Janet Mann

And check out my previous 2017 lists here!

You can also check out my appearances on the Science for the People Gifts for Nerds podcasts for the last few years: 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 right here!

Many of the lists I use are sourced via the Largehearted Boy master list.

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Best Science Books 2017: OODA LOOP: Best Security, Business and Technology books of 2017

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, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

And here we are in 2017!

As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science policy, public health, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.

Today's list is OODA LOOP: Best Security, Business and Technology books of 2017. I'm excluding purely business books from my recap below.

  • Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money by Nathaniel Popper
  • The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax
  • You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the Future by Jonathon Keats
  • The Man Who Designed the Future by B. Alexandra Szerlip
  • The Field Researcher’s Handbook: A Guide to the Art and Science of Professional Fieldwork by David Danelo
  • Void Star by Zachary Mason
  • Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

And check out my previous 2017 lists here!

You can also check out my appearances on the Science for the People Gifts for Nerds podcasts for the last few years: 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 right here!

Many of the lists I use are sourced via the Largehearted Boy master list.

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Best Science Books 2017: Waterstones / Adam Rutherford Picks the Best Science Reads of 2017

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, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

And here we are in 2017!

As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science policy, public health, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.

Today's list is Waterstones / Adam Rutherford Picks the Best Science Reads of 2017.

  • 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire by Rebecca Rideal
  • Tamed: Ten Species that Changed our World by Alice Roberts
  • Inferior: The True Power of Women and the Science That Shows it by Angela Saini
  • Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet by Dallas Campbell
  • Out of Nothing by Daniel Locke, David Blandy

And check out my previous 2017 lists here!

You can also check out my appearances on the Science for the People Gifts for Nerds podcasts for the last few years: 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 right here!

Many of the lists I use are sourced via the Largehearted Boy master list.

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Best Science Books 2017: Amazon.com

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, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

And here we are in 2017!

As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science policy, public health, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.

Today's list is Amazon.com Science Books, Biographies and Memoirs, Business and Leadership, History.

  • Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything by Ulrich Boser
  • Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society by Cordelia Fine
  • Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger
  • A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes by Adam Rutherford
  • The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids--and the Kids We Have by Bonnie Rochman
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table by Langdon Cook
  • A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer A. Doudna
  • What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength by Scott Carney
  • Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt
  • Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge by Erica Wagner
  • American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World by David Baron
  • The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet by Henry Fountain
  • Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats by Maryn McKenna
  • American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee
  • The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed by Scott Parazynski,‎ Susy Flory
  • Patient H69: The Story of My Second Sight by Vanessa Potter
  • Almost Human: The Astonishing Tale of Homo naledi and the Discovery That Changed Our Human Story by Lee Berger,‎ John Hawks
  • Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity by Carlo Rovelli,‎ Simon Carnell &‎ Erica Segre, Translators
  • Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
  • Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly
  • The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone
  • Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson
  • Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy by Jonathan Taplin
  • Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
  • Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy by Tim Harford
  • Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone by Satya Nadella,‎ Greg Shaw,‎ Jill Nichols
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Harari
  • Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry
  • Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston

And check out my previous 2017 lists here!

You can also check out my appearances on the Science for the People Gifts for Nerds podcasts for the last few years: 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 right here!

Many of the lists I use are sourced via the Largehearted Boy master list.

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Best Science Books 2017: Smithsonian Ten Best Science Books

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, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

And here we are in 2017!

As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science policy, public health, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.

Today's list is Smithsonian Ten Best Science Books of 2017.

  • Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World by Maryn McKenna
  • Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe by Megan Watzke
  • Numbers and the Making of Us: Counting and the Course of Human Cultures by Caleb Everett
  • Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy
  • Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation by Alan Burdick
  • Gravity's Kiss: The Detection of Gravitational Waves by Harry Collins
  • Paleoart: Visions of the Prehistoric Past by Zoë Lescaze
  • The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us by Richard O. Prum
  • What It's Like to Be a Dog: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience by Gregory Berns
  • What Future: The Year's Best Ideas to Reclaim, Reanimate & Reinvent Our Future edited by Torie Bosch,‎ Roy Scranton

And check out my previous 2017 lists here!

You can also check out my appearances on the Science for the People Gifts for Nerds podcasts for the last few years: 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 right here!

Many of the lists I use are sourced via the Largehearted Boy master list.

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Friday Fun: Scientists theorize alternate universe where people listen to them

Dec 08 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

From the so-funny-it-hurts file, courtesy of The Beaverton.

Scientists theorize alternate universe where people listen to them

“The implications are enormous,” tweeted noted astrophysicist and shit-disturber Neil deGrasse Tyson. “This means that just beyond a dimensional veil separating an alternate reality from this one, there is someone exactly like you, but vaccinated.”

Scientists have already begun seeking a way to travel to this newly found universe in search of grant money and positive affirmation. So far, none of them have looked for a way to return home.

Go read the whole thing. It's hilarious.

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