The Atlantic has chimed in with their lists of the notable books from the last year. If anything, this may be the most bitterly disappointing of any of the lists I've highlighted so far. The Atlantic is generally I magazine I enjoy and respect and for them to so thoroughly ignore science and technology in their selections says something about the way some aspects of "intellectual" culture sees the place of science in society. Their non-fiction lists include: Current Affairs, History, Biography and Memoir and Society and Culture.
Here goes for a few vaguely relevant items I could find:
- The Gentle Subversive by Mark Hamilton Lytle (bio of Rachel Carson)
- Freud: Inventor of the Modern Mind by Peter D. Kramer
- Europe’s Physician by Hugh Trevor-Roper (bio of Thodore de Mayerne, who is better known as a spy & diplomat)
- Beyond 9 to 5 by Sarah Norgate (about people's experiences of time)
- Where’s My Jetpack? by Daniel H. Wilson