Another bunch of lists 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:

American Public Media Marketplace Best Business Books

  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

  • Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science by Michael Nielsen

Chicago Sun-Times Best Bet Holiday Gift Books

  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Twin Cities StarTribune Holiday books roundup: Nonfiction

  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

  • Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors


New York Magazine The Year in Books

  • The Enculturated Gene: Sickle Cell Health Politics and Biological Difference in West Africa by Duana Fullwiley

  • The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick

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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