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


  1. #1 bioephemera
    December 23, 2009

    I finally broke down and bought myself The Age of Wonder. Can hardly wait to read it!

  2. #2 John Dupuis
    December 23, 2009

    Definitely. I’m doing a count of all the recommendations in all the lists I’m compiling and Age of Wonders is clearly leading the pack, with the Dirac bio a bit behind. I think I’ll be reading Age of Wonders pretty soon myself.

  3. #3 bsci
    December 24, 2009

    Wow! I totally missed that Lise Eliot has a new book out. Her “What’s going on in there?” was essentially a textbook on neurodevelopment disguised as an advice book for parents. I definitely mean that as a compliment. This will definitely be on my to-read list.

  4. #4 John Dupuis
    December 28, 2009

    Thanks. I just picked up Age of Wonders myself. Luckily, here in the Great White North we get the British pb edition.

  5. #5 osmanlı iksiri
    December 29, 2009

    This will definitely be on my to-read list.

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