The New York Times list of “Notable Books for 2009” has been released, which means it’s time for my annual rant about how they’ve slighted science books. So, how did they do this year? Here are the science books on this year’s list:
- The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was Reborn By LOUISA GILDER
- The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science By RICHARD HOLMES
- Cold: Adventures in the World’s Frozen Places By BILL STREEVER
- The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America By STEVEN JOHNSON
- The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom By GRAHAM FARMELO
That’s five books that are definitely about science, the most since 2005, and does not include The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found by Mary Beard, The Lost City Of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann, or The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street by Justin Fox, all of which might contain some science content, depending on what you count as a science.
Honestly, I can’t complain. Nice work, New York Times.