February 7, 2008

Best Science Books 2007: A couple more lists

I still have lots more lists still to post about, and I'll probably post them in intermittent bunches for the next little while.

Here's a few:

My old friend Claude Lalumiere mentions a couple of science books in his year-end summary of his sf,f,h reading at Locusmag:

  • Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, and the End of the World by Sidney Perkowitz (one of the freebies at the Science Blogging conference, I can't wait to read it.)
  • The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

Tim O'Reilly also publishes a list of the most significant technology books published by O'Reilly in 2007 over at O'Reilly Radar and at Amazon. Of course, the list is heavy on the programming manuals, so I'll just skip those and list the ones with a broader interest. How does O'Reilly define significant: "It's a list of books that say something to me about the changing mix of needs and interests among our customers."
  • Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think edited by Andy Oram, Greg Wilson
  • Programming Collective Intelligence Building Smart Web 2.0 Applications by Toby Segaran
  • Devices of the Soul: Battling for Our Selves in an Age of Machines by Steve Talbott

The Third Culture Holiday Reading List -- Books By Edge Contributors (and others)— 2007. This is a huge list of books by the Edge people, those that they see as promoting a link to a third culture, going beyond the arts/science divisions. I'll pick a few out that don't seem to have made it on to too many other lists.
  • Super Crunchers: How Thinking by Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart by Ian Ayres
  • Plutonium: A History of the World's Most Dangerous Element by Jeremy Bernstein
  • Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries that Ignited the Space Age by Matthew Brzezinski
  • I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstatder
  • Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science by David Lindley
  • Mind, Life, and Universe: Conversations with Great Scientists of Our Time by Lynn Margulis & Eduardo Punset

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