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Best Science Books 2009: New Scientist

Jan 05 2010 Published by under best science books 2009, science books

The New Scientist's CultureLab blog asked a whole slew of editors and contributors to name a notable 2009 book. It's quite an extensive list.

  • Catching Fire: How cooking made us human by Richard Wrangham
  • Codes of the Underworld: How criminals communicate by Diego Gambetta
  • The Natural History of Unicorns by Chris Lavers
  • Darwin's Sacred Cause: Race, Slavery and the Quest for Human Origins by Adrian Desmond and James Moore
  • Confabulation: Views from neuroscience, psychiatry, psychology and philosophy edited by William Hirstein
  • Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
  • Reading in the Brain: The science and evolution of a human invention by Stanislas Dehaene
  • Storms of My Grandchildren: The truth about the coming climate catastrophe and our last chance to save humanity by James Hansen
  • The Strangest Man: The hidden life of Paul Dirac, quantum genius by Graham Farmelo
  • The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS by Elizabeth Pisani
  • Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock that Shaped the World by Tom Zoellner
  • Cracking the Einstein Code: Relativity and the Birth of Black Hole Physics by Fulvio Melia
  • Not A Chimp: The hunt to find the genes that make us human by Jeremy Taylor
  • An Infinity of Things: How Sir Henry Wellcome collected the world by Frances Larson
  • Plastic Fantastic: How the biggest fraud in physics shook the scientific world by Eugenie Samuel Reich
  • Outliers: The story of success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Sum: Forty tales from the afterlives by David Eagleman
  • Naming Nature: The clash between instinct and science by Carol Kaesuk Yoon
  • Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon by Buzz Aldrin
  • Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the world he made up by K.C. Cole
  • What on Earth Evolved?: 100 species that changed the world by Christopher Lloyd
  • Logicomix: An epic search for truth by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H Papadimitriou, art by Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna
  • An Orchard Invisible: A natural history of seeds by Jonathan Silvertown
  • The Humans Who Went Extinct: Why Neanderthals died out and we survived by Clive Finlayson

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Best Science Books 2009: New Zealand Listener

Jan 04 2010 Published by under best science books 2009, science books

The New Zealand Listener has a few good suggestions from two different categories: Science and Journalism & Essays.

  • The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure and Human Evolution by Denis Dutton
  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins
  • Innocents in the Dry Valley: An Account of the Victoria University of Wellington Antarctic Expedition, 1958-59 by Colin Bull
  • On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition and Fiction by Brian Boyd
  • The Best of New Zealand Geographic: Exploring our Land and Culture

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Best Science Books 2009: Physicsworld.com

Dec 24 2009 Published by under best science books 2009, science books

Not surprisingly, a very fine list from the AIP's Physicsworld website:

  • The Physics of Rugby by Trevor Davis
  • First Principles: The Crazy Business of Doing Serious Science by Howard Burton
  • Oliver Heaviside: Maverick Mastermind of Electricity by Basil Mahon
  • Atomic: The First War of Physics and the Secret History of the Atom Bomb by Jim Baggott
  • Lives in Science by Joseph C Hermanowitz
  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense by Michael Brooks
  • Deciphering the Cosmic Number: The Strange Friendship of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung by Arthur I Miller
  • Perfect Rigor by Masha Gessen
  • Plastic Fantastic: How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World by Eugenie Samuel Reich
  • The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius by Graham Farmelo

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Best Science Books 2009: The Washington Post

Dec 23 2009 Published by under best science books 2009, science books

A nice list from a bunch of categories from the Washington Post, although some of items in the the science section seem strangely unscientific:

  • Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou
  • The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes
  • The Art and Politics of Science by Harold Varmus
  • A Brain Wider Than the Sky: A Migraine Diary by Andrew Levy
  • The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care by T. R. Reid
  • The Fatal Strain: On the Trail of Avian Flu and the Coming Pandemic by Alan Sipress
  • Is God a Mathematician? by Mario Livio
  • The Natural History of Unicorns by Chris Lavers
  • Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps -- And What We Can Do About It by Lise Eliot
  • Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention by Stanislas Dehaene
  • The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann

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Best Science Books 2009: Salon

Dec 22 2009 Published by under best science books 2009, science books

One of the five non-fiction books chosen by Salon was a science book.

  • The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes

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Best Science Books 2009: Inside Tech

Dec 19 2009 Published by under best science books 2009, science books

A nice list of technology/business books:

  • Googled: The End of the World as we Know it by Ken Auletta
  • Inside Larry & Sergey's Brain by Richard L. Brandt
  • The Twitter Book by Tim O'Reilly and Sarah Milstein
  • The Accidental Billionares: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich
  • Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the most Popular Website in America by Julia Angwin
  • Behind The Cloud: The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an Industry by Marc Benioff and Carlye Adler
  • Smasher by Keith Raffel

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Best Science Books 2009: The Independant

Dec 18 2009 Published by under best science books 2009, science books

I've cobbled together this list from three lists from The Independent: Nature & Environment, Biography and History.

  • The Running Sky: A bird-watching life by Tim Dee
  • Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo by Michael McCarthy
  • Edible Seashore: river cottage handbook no. 5 by John Wright
  • Logicomix: an epic search for truth by Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos H Papadimitriou, Alecos Papadatos and Annie di Donna
  • Darwin's Sacred Cause: Race, Slavery and the Quest for Human Origins by Adrian Desmond and James Moore
  • The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius by Graham Farmelo
  • Blood, Iron and Gold: How the Railways Transformed the World by Christian Wolmar

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Best Science Books 2009: Time Magazine

Dec 17 2009 Published by under best science books 2009, science books

From Time's Top 10 Non-Fiction books:

  • The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes
  • Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos H. Papadimitriou, Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna

As usual, if you've seen any best book of the year lists out there that you think I should mention, please let me know.

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Best Science Books 2009: Barnes and Noble Review

Dec 16 2009 Published by under best science books 2009, science books

A nice list from The Barnes & Noble Review:

  • Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives by Joseph Kanon Michael Specter
  • The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
  • Ivory's Ghosts: The White Gold of History and the Fate of Elephants by John Frederick Walker
  • The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars by Christopher Cokinos
  • A Brilliant Darkness: The Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Disappearance of Ettore Majorana by João Magueijo

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Best Science Books 2009: Seed Magazine

Dec 15 2009 Published by under best science books 2009, science books

Not surprisingly, being a science magazine Seed has a very fine list of books for science enthusiasts:

  • Boyle: Between God and Science by Michael Hunter
  • A Brilliant Darkness: The Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Disappearance of Ettore Majorana, the Troubled Genius of the Nuclear Age by João Magueijo
  • NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
  • Moyasimon 1: Tales of Agriculture by Masayuki Ishikawa
  • Nature's Patterns: a Tapestry in Three Parts (Shapes, Flow, Branches) by Philip Ball
  • Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save Earth's Climate by Stephen H. Schneider
  • This Will Change Everything: Ideas That Will Shape the Future edited by John Brockman
  • The Animal Series by series editor: Jonathan Burt
  • The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Gray
  • Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City by Eric W. Sanderson

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