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Best Science Books 2018: Amazon.com Best Science Books

Nov 29 2018 Published by under best science books 2018, science books

I'm back! It's been a bit of a blog hiatus, but I'm back! And picking up with the best science books where I left off!

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, href="http://confessions.scientopia.org/category/best-science-books-2016/">2016, and 2017.

And here we are in 2018!

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 Best science books of 2018 plus from related lists Biographies & Memoirs; Business & Leadership; History; Nonfiction.

  • Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking
  • How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan
  • Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
  • The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen
  • When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink
  • She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer
  • Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson
  • Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray by Sabine Hossenfelder
  • The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth by Michio Kaku
  • What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics by Adam Becker
  • The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World by Charles C. Mann
  • Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms by Hannah Fry
  • The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife by Lucy Cooke
  • The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras by Brantley Hargrove
  • Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge by Susan Hand Shetterly
  • The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do About Them) by Lucy Jones
  • Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front (and Back) by Mara Altman
  • Saving Tarboo Creek: One Family’s Quest to Heal the Land by Scott Freeman and Susan Leopold Freeman
  • Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor by Brian Keating
  • Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean's Greatest Predator by Jason M. Colby
  • Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage by Brian Castner
  • Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evans
  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
  • Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
  • AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order by Kai-Fu Lee
  • LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media by P. W. Singer, Emerson T. Brooking
  • Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien
  • The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark

And check out my previous 2018 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!

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

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Best Science Books 2018: New York Times 100 Notable Books

Nov 28 2018 Published by under best science books 2018, science books

I'm back! It's been a bit of a blog hiatus, but I'm back! And picking up with the best science books where I left off!

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, href="http://confessions.scientopia.org/category/best-science-books-2016/">2016, and 2017.

And here we are in 2018!

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 The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2018.

  • American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic by Victoria Johnson
  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
  • The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy by Paige Williams
  • Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
  • Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Stephen Pinker
  • Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien
  • How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan
  • The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Deborah Blum
  • She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer
  • The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen
  • What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha

And check out my previous 2018 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!

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

No responses yet