January 15, 2009

Best Science Books 2008: Seed Magazine

A very nice list from Seed. There are some really interesting books here that I haven't seen on other lists.

  • Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure By Paul A. Offit

  • Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex By Mary Roach

  • Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It By Elizabeth Royte

  • Doctor Olaf van Schuler's Brain By Kirsten Menger-Anderson

  • The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment By Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich

  • Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet By Oliver Morton

  • The Endless City Edited by Ricky Burdett and Deyan Sudjic

  • The Hot Topic: What We Can Do About Global Warming By Gabrielle Walker and Sir David King

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

  • Icarus at the Edge of Time By Brian Greene

  • In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto By Michael Pollan

  • The Invention of Air: A Study of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America By Steven Johnson

  • Jetpack Dreams: One Man's Up and Down (But Mostly Down) Search for the Greatest Invention That Never Was By Mac Montandon

  • The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces By Frank Wilczek

  • The Living Cosmos: Our Search for Life in the Universe By Chris Impey

  • The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom By Simon Winchester

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

  • Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them By David Anderegg

  • The Numbers Game: The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, in Politics, and in Life By Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot

  • On the Surface of Things: Images of the Extraordinary in Science By Felice Frankel and George M. Whitesides

  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions By Dan Ariely

  • Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food By Pamela C. Ronald and Raoul W. Adamchak

  • The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA By Mark Schultz, Illustrated by Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon

  • The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strageness of Insect Societies By Bert Hölldobler and E.O. Wilson

  • The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature By Daniel J. Levitin

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