Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.
From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.
This time it's Scientific American/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux Our Favorite Science Books of 2013. This list seems a bit self-serving but it's interesting enough to include.
- Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America by Jon Mooallem
- Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
- The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber
- Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin
- Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air by Richard Holmes
- The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics by Leonard Susskind, George Hrabovsky
- Neutrino Hunters: The Thrilling Chase for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Ray Jayawardhana
- Top Brain, Bottom Brain: Surprising Insights into How You Think by Stephen Kosslyn, GWayne Miller
- The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery by George Johnson
- Newton's Football: The Science Behind America's Game by Allen St. John, Ainissa Ramirez
- Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars by Lee Billings
- On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz
- The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell Us by Noson S Yanofsky
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.
And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.