As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I’ve done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,2014 and 2015.
And here we are in 2016!
As in previous years, my definition of “science books” is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science policy, public health, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion.
Today’s list is Science Friday Best Science Books.
- Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin
- The Polar Bear by Jenni Desmond
- Time Travel: A History by James Gleick
- The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time by Maria Konnikova
- Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell by Alexandra Horowitz
- Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky
- The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel
- Felt Time: The Psychology of How We Perceive Time by Marc Wittmann, Erik Butler (Translator)
- I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong
- The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth’s Newest Age by David Biello
- Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future by David Grinspoon
- The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World by Oliver Morton
- Spaceborne by Donald Pettit
- The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll
- Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
- The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
- The Age of Em: Work, Love, and Life when Robots Rule the Earth by Robin Hanson
And check out my previous 2016 lists here!
Many of the lists I use are sourced via the Largehearted Boy master list.
(Astute readers will notice that I kind of petered out on this project a couple of years ago and never got around to the end of year summary since then. Before loosing steam, I ended up featuring dozens and dozens of lists, virtually every list I could find that had science books on it. While it was kind of cool to be so comprehensive, not to mention that it gave the summary posts a certain statistical weight, it was also way more work than I had really envisioned way back in 2008 or so when I started doing this. As a result, I’m only going to highlight particularly large or noteworthy lists this year and forgo any kind of end of year summary. Basically, all the fun but not so much of the drudgery.)