This list is usually the very, very last of the best books lists of the year. It’s a good list, but since it’s UK-based there are a number of books that we probably won’t be seeing on North American shores for another year or so. I’ll probably get around to updating my 2009 summary list later this week or next week.

  • We Need To Talk About Kelvin: What everyday things tell us about the universe by Marcus Chown
  • Why Does E=mc2? (And Why Should We Care?) By Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  • Why Evolution is True by Jerry A. Coyne
  • In Search of the Multiverse by John Gribbin
  • Everyday Practice of Science: Where Intuition and Passion Meet Objectivity and Logic by Frederick Grinnell
  • God’s Philosophers: How the medieval world laid the foundations of modern science by James Hannam
  • Storms of My Grandchildren:The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity by James Hansen
  • Darwin’s Island: The Galapagos in the Garden of England by Steve Jones
  • Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution by Nick Lane
  • The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Iain McGilchrist
  • Complexity: A Guided Tour by Melanie Mitchell
  • A World Without Ice by Henry Pollack

Update 2010.07.09: Added Grinnell book which I somehow managed to forget initially.


  1. #1 Passerby
    June 18, 2010
  2. #2 John Dupuis
    June 21, 2010

    Thanks, Pb, for the pointer.

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