Best Science Books 2012: Heather Mallick, iFanboy, Joe Klein and more

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



  • Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm


Joe Klein

  • The Revenge of Geography by Robert Kaplan


The San Francisco Examiner

  • Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks


FSG’s Favorite Books of 2012

  • Why Does the World Exist? An existential detective story by Jim Holt


Irish Times

  • The Golden Age of Botanical Artby Martyn Rix
  • The Scientists: An Epic of Discovery edited by Andrew Robinson


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 most of my 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.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from today's list.


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