November 6, 2008

Best Science Books 2008: Amazon

It has begun. This is the first post in my annual round-up of Year's Best Science Book Lists.

Today, it's highlighting a couple of lists from Amazon for 2008. They still haven't published their Computers & Internet list, so I'll post that one when I see it.

Here goes, all the best science books and some relevant items from other lists:

Best Science Books

  • Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin

  • Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul by Kenneth R. Miller

  • Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique by Michael S. Gazzaniga

  • The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics by Leonard Susskind

  • In Pursuit of the Gene: From Darwin to DNA by James Schwartz

  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow

  • Doubt is Their Product: How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health by David Michaels

  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time by Michael Brooks

  • Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process by Irene Pepperberg

  • Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life by Carl Zimmer

Business & Investing

  • Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies by Charlene Li

Current Events

  • Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) by Tom Vanderbilt

Outdoors & Nature

  • The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird by Bruce Barcott

  • Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures by Bill Schutt

  • The American West at Risk: Science, Myths, and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery by Howard G. Wilshire

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