Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.

This time it’s Cocktail Party Physics Baker’s Dozen: Best 2013 Books for the Physics Fan.

  • The Universe in the Rear-View Mirror by Dave Goldberg

  • Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America’s Game by Anissa Ramirez and Allen St. John
  • Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars by Lee Billings
  • Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality by Edward Frenkel
  • An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything by Chris Hadfield
  • The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics by Leonard Susskind and George Hrabovsky
  • Angry Birds, Furious Forces: The Physics at Play in the World’s Most Popular Game by Rhett Allain
  • Neutrino Hunters: The Thrilling Chase for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Ray Jayawardhana
  • Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian by A. Douglas Stone
  • The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures by Edward Ball
  • The New York Times Book of Physics and Astronomy: More Than 100 Years of Covering the Expanding Universe edited by Cornelia Dean
  • Quantum Computing Since Democritus by Scott Aaronson

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. The summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today’s list.

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