Best Science Books 2011: The Economist

Another list for your reading, gift-giving and collection development pleasure.

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting about all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that appear in various media outlets and shining a bit of light on the best of the year.

All the previous 2011 lists are here.

This post includes the following: The Economist Books of the Year.

  • The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • Global Warming Gridlock: Creating More Effective Strategies for Protecting the Planet by David Victor
  • The God Species: Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans by Mark Lynas
  • The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick
  • The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World by David Deutsch
  • Revolutions that Made the Earth by Tim Lenton and Andrew Watson
  • The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
  • Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier by Edward Glaeser

I’m always looking for recommendations and notifications of book lists as they appear in various media outlets. If you see one that I haven’t covered, please let me know at jdupuis at yorku dot ca or in the comments.

I am picking up a lot of lists from Largehearted Boy.

The summary post for 2010 books is here and all the posts for 2010 can be found here. For 2009, it’s here and here.

For my purposes, I define science books pretty broadly to include science, engineering, computing, history & philosophy of science & technology, environment, social aspects of science and even business books about technology trends or technology innovation. Deciding what is and isn’t a science book is squishy at best, especially at the margins, but in the end I pick books that seem broadly about science and technology rather than something else completely. Lists of business, history or nature books are among the tricky ones.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Steve Jobs and consider picking that one up or something else from the lists.

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