Best Science Books 2011: Joshua Kim / Technology and Learning

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 2011 lists are here.

This post includes the following: The Technology and Learning blog by Joshua Kim.

  • The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World by Daniel Yergin
  • Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next by John D. Kasarda and Greg Lindsay
  • Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier by Edward L. Glaeser
  • 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann
  • The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick
  • The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories by Frank Rose
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water by Charles Fishman
  • Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn by Cathy N. Davidson

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.

The summary post for 2010 books is here and all the posts for 2010 can be found here. For 2009, it's here and here.

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.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Steve Jobs and consider picking that one up or something else from the lists.


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Your collection of science book lists is excellent. Very helpful to have it all in one place. The New Scientist recently also had a very recent list (…) that I don't think was yet included and also some other notable websites, e.g. Best Biology Books (, and Brain Pickings (…). This is simply the best blog to track what interesting science books have been published in 2011.

By Marianne Walker (not verified) on 24 Dec 2011 #permalink