Best Science Books 2011: NPR

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: NPR Best Books 2011

  • Theodore Gray’s Elements Vault: Treasures of the Periodic Table With 20 Removable Archival Documents, a Model Pop-up Atom, a Poster, Plus 10 Real Elements Including Pure Gold! by by Theodore Gray and Nick Mann

  • Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale Of Love & Fallout by Lauren Redniss
  • Steve Jobs: A Biography by Walter Isaacson,
  • The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them by Donovan Hohn
  • The Toaster Project: Or A Heroic Attempt To Build A Simple Electric Appliance From Scratch by Thomas Thwaites

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.

Comments

  1. #1 Douglas Kennedy DC
    December 31, 2011

    Thank you for the listings! I did get the Steve Jobs book for my son, and he is enjoying it…I can’t wait for him to finish so I can take it up.

  2. #2 John Dupuis
    January 2, 2012

    I’m about 2/3 the way through the Jobs book myself and quite enjoying it.

  3. #3 Yacon Root (Capsule) suppliers
    fsd
    January 8, 2014

    Thanks for that results! I did so have the Steve Work opportunities guide for the daughter, and also they are enjoying it…I can’t wait for your pet to do and so i usually takes the idea way up.

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