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:

Coffee Theory: The 10 Best Books I Read in 2011

  • Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

The New Yorker Favorite Books from 2011 & Malcolm Gladwell

  • Adventures in the Orgasmatron: How the Sexual Revolution Came to America by Christopher Turner

  • Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss

Early Words

  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Dan Curtis: The Best Biography & Memoir Books of 2011

  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

  • Bird Cloud: A Memoir by Annie Proulx

Huffington Post: 11 Best Books Of 2011

  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

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 Millio
    January 2, 2012

    John, Enjoyed your list. Nice touch on the Steve Jobs book.

  2. #2 Bill
    January 2, 2012

    I recommend Strangers to Ourselves by Timothy Wright on our unconscious.

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