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Best Science Books 2018: Best Science Books of 2018 recommended by Barbara Kiser

Dec 05 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 Best Science Books of 2018 recommended by Barbara Kiser.

  • Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray by Sabine Hossenfelder
  • The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen
  • Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto by Alan Stern & David Grinspoon
  • The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body, and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are by Alan Jasanoff
  • A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War by Patricia Fara

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, 2017 and now 2018!

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

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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.

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Best Science Books 2017: Wired Top Tech 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 Wired Top Tech Books Part I and Part II.

  • Betaball: How Silicon Valley and Science Built One of the Greatest Basketball Teams in History by Erik Malinowski
  • (Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love: Gender, Social Media, and Aspirational Work by Brooke Erin Duffy
  • Ours to Hack and to Own edited by Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider
  • Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest by Zeynep Tufekci
  • Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech by Sara Wachter-Boettcher
  • The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies by Jason Fagone
  • The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture by Brian Dear
  • iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood—and What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean M. Twenge
  • The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball by Noam Cohen
  • Troublemakers: How a Generation of Silicon Valley Upstarts Invented the Future by Leslie Berlin
  • Who Can You Trust? How Technology Brought Us Together—and Why It Could Drive Us Apart by Rachel Botsman

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: Science Friday Best 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 Science Friday Best Science Books Of 2017. Deborah Blum list only. Maria Popova list already featured as part of Brain Pickings post.

  • Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions by Richard Harris
  • Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy
  • American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee
  • The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors by David George Haskell
  • Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Lydia Kang,‎ Nate Pedersen
  • Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America by Mary Otto
  • The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
  • Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods by Danna Staaf

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: 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 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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