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Best Science Books 2016: The Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of the Year

Dec 05 2016 Published by under best science books 2016, 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 and 2015.

And here we are in 2016!

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 Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of the Year.

  • The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood by Belle Boggs
  • The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads by Tim Wu
  • A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age by Daniel J. Levitin
  • The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Closer: Notes from the Orgasmic Frontier of Female Sexuality by Sarah Barmak
  • In-Between Days: A Memoir About Living with Cancer by Teva Harrison

And check out my previous 2016 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.

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.)

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Best Science Books 2016: Boing Boing's 2016 Book Gift Guide

Dec 01 2016 Published by under best science books 2016, 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 and 2015.

And here we are in 2016!

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 Boing Boing's 2016 Book Gift Guide.

  • What's It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who've Been There by Ariel Waldman, Brian Standeford
  • The Interstellar Age: The Story of the NASA Men and Women Who Flew the Forty-Year Voyager Mission by Jim Bell
  • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil
  • Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation, and American Counterculture by David Kaiser, W. Patrick McCray, Editors
  • One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits by Adam Skolnick
  • Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, Ella Morton

And check out my previous 2016 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.)

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Best Science Books 2016: Popular Mechanics

Nov 28 2016 Published by under best science books 2016, 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 and 2015.

And here we are in 2016!

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 Popular Mechanics Gift Guide For The Bookworm In Your Life.

  • Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide To The World's Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, Ella Morton
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets by Tyler Nordgren
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach

And check out my previous 2016 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.)

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Best Science Books 2016: New York Times 100 Notable Books

Nov 24 2016 Published by under best science books 2016, 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 and 2015.

And here we are in 2016!

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 New York Times 100 Notable Books.

  • The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS by David France
  • I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

And check out my previous 2016 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.)

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Best Science Books 2016: Amazon.com Best Books of 2016

Nov 23 2016 Published by under best science books 2016, 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 and 2015.

And here we are in 2016!

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 Amazon.com Best Books of 2016, Biographies & Memoirs, Business and Investing, History, Nonfiction, Science.

  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio Garcia Martinez,
  • The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross
  • The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future by Steve Case
  • The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb by Neal Bascomb
  • The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
  • Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens by Steve Olson
  • The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben and Tim Flannery
  • Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Michael A. Strauss
  • The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
  • Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths
  • The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll
  • Now: The Physics of Time by Richard A. Muller
  • Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
  • Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt
  • What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins by Jonathan Balcombe
  • How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight by Julian Guthrie and Richard Branson
  • Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich
  • Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life by Edward O. Wilson
  • The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology: A Memoir by Thomas Dolby
  • Venomous: How Earth's Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry by Christie Wilcox
  • This Is Your Brain on Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society by Kathleen McAuliffe
  • Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin
  • Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets by Tyler Nordgren
  • Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep by Marah J. Hardt

And check out my previous 2016 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.)

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Best Science Books 2016: The Washington Post

Nov 21 2016 Published by under best science books 2016, science books

And so it begins.

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 and 2015.

And here we are in 2016!

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 Washington Post Best Books, Nonfiction, Memoirs.

  • The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age by Dan Zak
  • Code Warriors: NSA’s Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union by Stephen Budiansky
  • The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
  • The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley by Eric Weiner
  • In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening by John Elder Robison
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

And check out my previous 2016 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.)

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