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 2012 lists are here.

This post includes the following:

Amazon.co.uk Non-Fiction Best of 2012

  • Bad Pharma: How drug companies mislead doctors and harm patientsby Ben Goldacre
  • Seventeen Equations that Changed the Worldby Ian Stewart
  • Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain

TwistImage: The Best Business Books Of 2012

  • Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talkingby Susan Cain
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Cascadia Weekly

  • The Wet Engine: Exploring the Mad Wild Miracle of the Heart by Brian Doyle

Book Riot Readers’ Top 25 Books of 2012

  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

BookPeople Best of 2012: Non-Fiction

  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Bookreporter.com Reviewers Pick Their Favorite Books of 2012

  • Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers

Book Diary: My Best Books of 2012

  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

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 most of my lists from Largehearted Boy.

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 or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from today’s list.

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