November 22, 2006

While we're on the topic of science books...

Following up on yesterday's post, I thought I'd mention a couple of my favourite science book resources.

  • First of all, the Science Book Reviews by Philip Manning is great. He reviews a fair number of books, as well as listing the new books he sees every week. He also has compiled "best of the year" lists for the last few years. I find this site handy for my own interest and for collection development.

  • The Science Books Blog by Jon Turney grew out of the Royal Institution's attempt a little while back to select the Best Science Book Ever, which turned out to be Primo Levi's Periodic Table. There are lots of good lists and discussion on the blog, making it a useful addition to any science person's blogroll. The posting frequency seems to have declined a bit since the contest ended, but I do hope that Turney will keep up the good work with commentary and reviews about good science writing.

  • LabLit doesn't review a lot of non-fiction, but they do review some, such as Dawkins' God Delusion. Their mission is mostly to promote fiction about science and scientists (as opposed to science fiction), so a lot of the stuff they talk about is peripherally related to public perceptions of science and the place of science in society, topics all covered in science non-fiction as well. They did also post an article about the Royal Institution's contest mentioned above.

The book sitting on the table beside me right now is Kings of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, the Man Who Saved Geometry by Siobhan Roberts. I'm about 100 pages into it and am enjoying it tremendously.

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