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: ScienceGeek / Shabbeer Hassan Best Science Books of 2012.
- Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells us About Morality by Patricia Churchland
- The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution by Faramerz Dabhoiwala
- Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind by Mark Pagel
- The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age by Nathan Wolfe
- Bad Pharma: How drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients by Ben Goldacre
- Inside The Centre: The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Ray Monk
- Ignorance: How It Drives Science by Stuart Firestein
- Connectome: How the brain’s wiring makes us who we are by Sebastian Seung
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
- Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
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.