November 8, 2007

Best Science Books 2007: Amazon

The Amazon Editors have a few nice Top 10 lists this year. Taken together the lists have an extraordinary selection of interesting books. If I had to choose one fromthe list that I haven't read yet that I would like, it would have to be Andy Oram's Beautiful Code.


  • The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight Against AIDS by Helen Epstein
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
  • The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature by Steven Pinker
  • The Snoring Bird: My Family's Journey Through a Century of Biology by Bernd Heinrich
  • I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter
  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge
  • Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer
  • The Last Human: A Guide to Twenty-Two Species of Extinct Humans by G. J. Sawyer
  • The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier
  • Luminous Fish: Tales of Science and Love by Lynn Margulis

Computers & Internet (selected)

  • Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything by Don Tapscott
  • Rule the Web: How to Do Anything and Everything on the Internet---Better, Faster, Easier by Mark Frauenfelder
  • Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder by David Weinberger
  • Devices of the Soul: Battling for Our Selves in an Age of Machines by Steve Talbott
  • Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think by Andy Oram

Health, Mind & Body (selected)

  • Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande
  • How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman
  • Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks
  • Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's by John Elder Robison
  • Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes