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Best Science Books 2016: Brain Pickings The Greatest Science Books of 2016

Dec 15 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, public health, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.

Today's list is .

  • Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin
  • Time Travel: A History by James Gleick
  • Felt Time: The Psychology of How We Perceive Time by Marc Wittmann, Erik Butler (Translator)
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time by Maria Konnikova
  • The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • The Polar Bear by Jenni Desmond
  • The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll
  • The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World by Peter Wohlleben
  • Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell by Alexandra Horowitz
  • I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel
  • Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

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: The Economist Books of the Year 2016

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, public health, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.

Today's list is The Economist Books of the Year 2016.

  • I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong
  • The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Patient HM: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich
  • Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body by Jo Marchant
  • The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel

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: Library Journal Best Books 2016

Dec 06 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 Library Journal Best Books 2016 and Nonfiction.

  • The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross
  • How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS by David France
  • Gender Medicine: The Groundbreaking New Science of Gender- and Sex-Based Diagnosis and Treatment by Marek Glezerman
  • Snowball in a Blizzard: A Physician's Notes on Uncertainty in Medicine by Steven Hatch
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal
  • Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell by Alexandra Horowitz
  • Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
  • The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World by Abigail Tucker
  • The Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World’s Most Coveted Fish by Emily Voigt

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: 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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Support this Project: Science Wide Open: Children's Books about Women in Science

Every once in a while, I'm happy to use this blog to throw my support behind a worthy project. And there's nothing like children's science books about women in science!

Check out the Kickstarter for Science Wide Open: Children's Books about Women in Science, and consider joining me in helping this amazing project come to fruition.

Science Wide Open: Children's Books about Women in Science

When children ask questions, their whole world becomes their experiment

Kids ask a LOT of questions. The inquisitive star of Science Wide Open is no different! Her questions about how the world works guide each unique story, while the resulting narrative teaches some of the fundamentals of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

What is Science Wide Open

Science Wide Open is a children's book series. This is a series that... First, explains and teaches some basic concepts in chemistry, biology and physics in simple and memorable terms by using the natural questions and curiosity of a young child. Second, does so by highlighting some of the mind blowing scientific advancements made by women scientists throughout history. The current series consists of three books:

  • Book One -- Women in Chemistry
  • Book Two -- Women in Biology
  • Book Three -- Women in Physics

Inside these books

Each book in the Science Wide Open series consists of more than 32 full color pages, featuring 4-5 female scientists of diverse time periods and backgrounds as well answering questions like:

  • What is DNA?
  • Why do things fall down?
  • What is an Atom?
  • What is a Cell?

The beautiful artwork is accurate to the history and science it represents. The text is fun to read and easy to understand, and there’s even a glossary for curious kids (and adults) who want to delve deeper into the science!

Instill a Sense of Wonder and Possibility

Science Wide Open makes science accessible for all. You don’t need a science background to enjoy these books, but you’ll still appreciate them if you do. The series weaves narration, history, and science together to celebrate the power of curiosity and resilience.

Why these stories matter

If asked for a list of famous women in science, most people would start and end with Marie Curie. The truth is that countless women have made astonishing contributions to science, but many of their stories have been obscured or downplayed.

This is not the future we want for our kids.

Science Wide Open...

  • Engages readers in the amazing science behind how the world works in terms kids can understand and enjoy.
  • Introduces female role models for aspiring young scientists of any gender.
  • Shares inspirational stories of women who have changed the world through their scientific discoveries.

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