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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: Largehearted Boy Favorite Nonfiction of 2012 Things That Are by Amy Leach   OUPBlog: Abby Gross’s top books of 2012 Homo Mysterious: Evolutionary Puzzles of Human Nature by David Barash   Michael Brand The 5 Best Nonfiction…
Another list 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: The Birdbooker Report Best Bird Books of 2012. Cuckoos of the World by Erritzoe, Johannes, Clive F. Mann, Frederik P. Brammer and Richard A. Fuller Petrels, Albatrosses & Storm-Petrels of North America: A Photographic Guide by Howell…
Another list 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: The Natural Capital Best Nature Books of 2012. The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature by David George Haskell For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson by Peggy Thomas and illustrated by Laura Jacques Spring Wildflowers of the…
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: Heather Mallick The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitudeby Andrew Nikiforuk Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile by Taras Grescoe   iFanboy Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb…
Another list 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: Brain Pickings The Best Music Books of 2012, Psychology & Philosophy, Design, History. Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learningby Gary Marcus This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your…
Another list 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: San Francisco Chronicle Best books of 2012: 100 recommended books. Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet The Great…
Another list 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: Skeptically Speaking #193 Science Books for Your Gift List. Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova Gravity’s Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos by Caleb A.…
(Yeah, yeah, I know. This list isn't strictly part of my regular list of science books lists, but hey, it's Boxing Day and we should all be a little extra self-indulgent and buy ourselves something nice. Being a fan of the full range of science fiction, fantasy and horror genres, I have been paying attention to those "best of 2012" lists as I see them online -- as well as crime fiction and cookbooks, natch -- so I thought I'd share one of the nicest ones I've seen with all my readers. Enjoy!) Another list for your reading, gift-giving and collection development pleasure. Every year for the…
Another list 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: Teaching Biology: Top Books of 2012: Historical Geology. The Goldilocks Planet: The 4 Billion Year Story of Earth's Climate by Jan Zalasiewicz and Mark Williams What is Life?: How Chemistry becomes Biology by Addy Pross Secret Chambers:…
Another list 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: Discovery News A Little Cosmic Reading: Favorite Space Books. The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean M. Carroll Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos by Caleb Scharf Edge…
Another list 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: Cocktail Party Physics Baker’s Dozen: Sampling the Best Science Books of 2012. The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean M. Carroll A Man of Misonceptions: The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change by John Glassie The Idea…
Another list 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: Technology and Learning The 11 Best Nonfiction Books of 2012. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail but Some Don't by Nate Silver Tubes: A…
Another list 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: Top Books of 2012: Environmentalism and Climate Change, Evolution. Evolution's Wedge: Competition and the Origins of Diversity by David W. Pfennig, Karin S. Pfennig The Evolution of Parental Care by Nick J. Royle, Per T. Smiseth,…
Another list 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: . Connectome: How the brain's wiring makes us who we are by, Sebastian Seung Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos by Caleb Scharf Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks Immortality: The…
Another list 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: Kobo Best of 2012. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg…
Another list 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: Books of the Year 2012: Natural history, . Bird Sense: What It's Like to Be a Bird by Tim Birkhead Fighting for Birds: 25 Years in Nature Conservation by Mark Avery My Garden & Other Animals by Mike Dilger Field Guide to the Micro-…
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: The Scholarly Kitchen: Chefs’ Selections: The Best Books Read During 2012 The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail but Some Don'tby Nate Silver Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using data to Change the Worldby Beth…
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…
Another list 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: Wall Street Journal Science, Business, Travel, Military History, Non-Fiction. Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has…
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:   The Smithsonian The Social Conquest of Earthby E.O. Wilson Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healingby Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the…