Another couple 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 2011 lists are here.
This post includes the following:
- The Better Angels Of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
- Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
- Knocking On Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World by Lisa Randall
- The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery by Andrew Westoll
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 a lot of 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.
Thanks for posting all these lists. I've got two lists for you: My favorite science books of those I happen to have reviewed for my blog: http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2011/12/top_science_books_of_the_last…
And second, and I think more useful or at least more meaningful, I put together a list of what I would prefer everyone who wants to talk to me about human behavioral biology had read: http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2011/11/a_tutorial_in_human_behaviora…
That includes almost nothing recent, and as such, is not mean to mean that there isn't anything good out recently.
Thanks Greg. I'll add the first list to my rather long queue. The second probably isn't relevant for my immediate purposes but I'm glad you pulled it together.