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The Best Science & Nature Books of 2016 (A Year-End List Aggregation)

January 5, 2017
The Best Science and Nature Books of 2016

“What are the best Science and Nature Books of 2016?” We aggregated 46 year-end lists and ranked the 363 unique titles by how many times they appeared in an attempt to answer that very question!

There are thousands of year-end lists released every year and, like we do in our weekly Best Book articles, we wanted to see which books appear on them the most. We used 46 lists and found 363 unique titles. The top 21 books, all appearing on 3 or more lists, are below with images, summaries, and links for learning more or purchasing. The remaining books, along with the articles we used, can be found at the bottom of the page.

Be sure to check out our other Best Book of the year lists:

And if you want to see how they compare to last year, take a look at the 2015 lists as well!

Happy Scrolling!

 



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The Top Science and Nature Books of 2016



21 .) Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us by Nathalia Holt

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Nature
  • Amazon
  • Technology Review

“In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn’t turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.

For the first time, Rise of the Rocket Girls tells the stories of these women–known as “”human computers””–who broke the boundaries of both gender and science. Based on extensive research and interviews with all the living members of the team, Rise of the Rocket Girls offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science: both where we’ve been, and the far reaches of space to which we’re heading. “

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20 .) The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • The Seminary Co-op
  • The Vore

“In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores the newly discovered brilliance of birds. As she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research—the distant laboratories of Barbados and New Caledonia, the great tit communities of the United Kingdom and the bowerbird habitats of Australia, the ravaged mid-Atlantic coast after Hurricane Sandy and the warming mountains of central Virginia and the western states—Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are shifting our view of what it means to be intelligent.

Consider, as Ackerman does, the Clark’s nutcracker, a bird that can hide as many as 30,000 seeds over dozens of square miles and remember several months later where it put them, or the mockingbirds and thrashers, species that can store 200 to 2,000 different songs in a brain a thousand times smaller than ours.”

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19 .) The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben and Tim Flannery

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Brain Pickings
  • Dirt
  • Amazon

Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.

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18 .) The Voices Within: The history and science of how we talk to ourselves by Charles Fernyhough

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Lists It Appears On:

  • ABC
  • The Guardian 2
  • Forbes

When someone says they hear voices in their head, they are often thought to be mentally ill. But, as Charles Fernyhough argues in The Voices Within, such voices are better understood as one of the chief hallmarks of human thought. Our inner voices can be self-assured, funny, profound, hesitant, or mean; they can appear in different accents and even in sign language. We all hear them—and we needn’t fear them. Indeed, we cannot live without them: we need them, whether to make decisions or to bring a book’s characters to life as we read. Studying them can enrich our understanding of ourselves, and our understanding of the world around us; it can help us understand the experiences of visionary saints, who might otherwise be dismissed as schizophrenics; to alleviate the suffering of those who do have mental health problems; and to understand why the person next to us on the subway just burst out laughing for no apparent reason.

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17 .) Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Goodreads
  • Forbes
  • Technology Review

“All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such issues for decades. And the solutions they’ve found have much to teach us.

In a dazzlingly interdisciplinary work, acclaimed author Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths show how the algorithms used by computers can also untangle very human questions. They explain how to have better hunches and when to leave things to chance, how to deal with overwhelming choices and how best to connect with others. From finding a spouse to finding a parking spot, from organizing one’s inbox to understanding the workings of memory, Algorithms to Live By transforms the wisdom of computer science into strategies for human living.”

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16 .) Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Brain Pickings
  • Amazon
  • Kirkus
  • Symmetry

In Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, Janna Levin recounts the fascinating story of the obsessions, the aspirations, and the trials of the scientists who embarked on an arduous, fifty-year endeavor to capture these elusive waves. An experimental ambition that began as an amusing thought experiment, a mad idea, became the object of fixation for the original architects—Rai Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Ron Drever. Striving to make the ambition a reality, the original three gradually accumulated an international team of hundreds. As this book was written, two massive instruments of remarkably delicate sensitivity were brought to advanced capability. As the book draws to a close, five decades after the experimental ambition began, the team races to intercept a wisp of a sound with two colossal machines, hoping to succeed in time for the centenary of Einstein’s most radical idea. Janna Levin’s absorbing account of the surprises, disappointments, achievements, and risks in this unfolding story offers a portrait of modern science that is unlike anything we’ve seen before.

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15 .) Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body by Jo Marchant

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Science of Us
  • Goodreads
  • The Economist
  • Forbes

“Have you ever felt a surge of adrenaline after narrowly avoiding an accident? Salivated at the sight (or thought) of a sour lemon? Felt turned on just from hearing your partner’s voice? If so, then you’ve experienced how dramatically the workings of your mind can affect your body.

Yet while we accept that stress or anxiety can damage our health, the idea of “”healing thoughts”” was long ago hijacked by New Age gurus and spiritual healers. Recently, however, serious scientists from a range of fields have been uncovering evidence that our thoughts, emotions and beliefs can ease pain, heal wounds, fend off infection and heart disease and even slow the progression of AIDS and some cancers.”

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14 .) Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life by Edward O. Wilson

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Dirt
  • Nature
  • Geographical

“In order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet, says Edward O. Wilson in his most impassioned book to date. Half-Earth argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes a solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem: dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature.

If we are to undertake such an ambitious endeavor, we first must understand just what the biosphere is, why it’s essential to our survival, and the manifold threats now facing it. In doing so, Wilson describes how our species, in only a mere blink of geological time, became the architects and rulers of this epoch and outlines the consequences of this that will affect all of life, both ours and the natural world, far into the future.”

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13 .) Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Kirkus
  • NPR
  • Symmetry

This playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics briskly explains Einstein’s general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, and the role humans play in this weird and wonderful world. Carlo Rovelli, a renowned theoretical physicist, is a delightfully poetic and philosophical scientific guide. He takes us to the frontiers of our knowledge: to the most minute reaches of the fabric of space, back to the origins of the cosmos, and into the workings of our minds. The book celebrates the joy of discovery. “Here, on the edge of what we know, in contact with the ocean of the unknown, shines the mystery and the beauty of the world,” Rovelli writes. “And it’s breathtaking.”

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12 .) The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Brain Pickings
  • Amazon
  • Goodreads
  • Kirkus

“Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest humanist thinkers of his generation as he brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on Higgs bosons and extra dimensions but now also on our deepest personal questions: Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void? Do human purpose and meaning fit into a scientific worldview?

In short chapters filled with intriguing historical anecdotes, personal asides, and rigorous exposition, readers learn the difference between how the world works at the quantum level, the cosmic level, and the human level—and then how each connects to the other. Carroll’s presentation of the principles that have guided the scientific revolution from Darwin and Einstein to the origins of life, consciousness, and the universe is dazzlingly unique. “

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11 .) The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Cult of Mac
  • Goodreads
  • Smithsonian Mag 2
  • Technology Review

Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives—from virtual reality in the home to an on-demand economy to artificial intelligence embedded in everything we manufacture—can be understood as the result of a few long-term, accelerating forces. Kelly both describes these deep trends—interacting, cognifying, flowing, screening, accessing, sharing, filtering, remixing, tracking, and questioning—and demonstrates how they overlap and are codependent on one another. These larger forces will completely revolutionize the way we buy, work, learn, and communicate with each other. By understanding and embracing them, says Kelly, it will be easier for us to remain on top of the coming wave of changes and to arrange our day-to-day relationships with technology in ways that bring forth maximum benefits. Kelly’s bright, hopeful book will be indispensable to anyone who seeks guidance on where their business, industry, or life is heading—what to invent, where to work, in what to invest, how to better reach customers, and what to begin to put into place—as this new world emerges.

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10 .) Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Library Journal
  • ABC
  • Goodreads
  • Science News
  • The Vore

“What separates your mind from an animal’s? Maybe you think it’s your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your grasp of past and future―all traits that have helped us define ourselves as the planet’s preeminent species. But in recent decades, these claims have eroded, or even been disproven outright, by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Take the way octopuses use coconut shells as tools; elephants that classify humans by age, gender, and language; or Ayumu, the young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University whose flash memory puts that of humans to shame. Based on research involving crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales, and of course chimpanzees and bonobos, Frans de Waal explores both the scope and the depth of animal intelligence. He offers a firsthand account of how science has stood traditional behaviorism on its head by revealing how smart animals really are, and how we’ve underestimated their abilities for too long.

People often assume a cognitive ladder, from lower to higher forms, with our own intelligence at the top. But what if it is more like a bush, with cognition taking different forms that are often incomparable to ours? Would you presume yourself dumber than a squirrel because you’re less adept at recalling the locations of hundreds of buried acorns? Or would you judge your perception of your surroundings as more sophisticated than that of a echolocating bat? De Waal reviews the rise and fall of the mechanistic view of animals and opens our minds to the idea that animal minds are far more intricate and complex than we have assumed. De Waal’s landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animal―and human―intelligence.”

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9 .) Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Popular Mechanics
  • Science of Us
  • Library Journal
  • Amazon
  • Goodreads

Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier’s most challenging adversaries―panic, exhaustion, heat, noise―and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. At Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti, in east Africa, we learn how diarrhea can be a threat to national security. Roach samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with the crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee. She answers questions not found in any other book on the military: Why is DARPA interested in ducks? How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and you’ll never see our nation’s defenders in the same way again.

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8 .) Hidden Figures: The American Dream And The Untold Story Of The Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win The Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Brain Pickings
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Amazon
  • NPR
  • Nsture

“Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.”

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7 .) The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Brain Pickings
  • Science News
  • NPR
  • Nsture
  • The Economist

“In the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as calculators, or “human computers,” to interpret the observations their male counterparts made via telescope each night. At the outset this group included the wives, sisters, and daughters of the resident astronomers, but soon the female corps included graduates of the new women’s colleges—Vassar, Wellesley, and Smith. As photography transformed the practice of astronomy, the ladies turned from computation to studying the stars captured nightly on glass photographic plates.

The “glass universe” of half a million plates that Harvard amassed over the ensuing decades—through the generous support of Mrs. Anna Palmer Draper, the widow of a pioneer in stellar photography—enabled the women to make extraordinary discoveries that attracted worldwide acclaim. They helped discern what stars were made of, divided the stars into meaningful categories for further research, and found a way to measure distances across space by starlight. Their ranks included Williamina Fleming, a Scottish woman originally hired as a maid who went on to identify ten novae and more than three hundred variable stars; Annie Jump Cannon, who designed a stellar classification system that was adopted by astronomers the world over and is still in use; and Dr. Cecilia Helena Payne, who in 1956 became the first ever woman professor of astronomy at Harvard—and Harvard’s first female department chair.”

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6 .) Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Nsture
  • The NY Times
  • Goodreads
  • Kirkus
  • Technology Review

“We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated.

But as Cathy O’Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination: If a poor student can’t get a loan because a lending model deems him too risky (by virtue of his zip code), he’s then cut off from the kind of education that could pull him out of poverty, and a vicious spiral ensues. Models are propping up the lucky and punishing the downtrodden, creating a “toxic cocktail for democracy.” Welcome to the dark side of Big Data.

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5 .) Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Science of Us
  • Amazon
  • Goodreads
  • Kirkus
  • NPR
  • The Economist

“In 1953, a twenty-seven-year-old factory worker named Henry Molaison—who suffered from severe epilepsy—received a radical new version of the then-common lobotomy, targeting the most mysterious structures in the brain. The operation failed to eliminate Henry’s seizures, but it did have an unintended effect: Henry was left profoundly amnesic, unable to create long-term memories. Over the next sixty years, Patient H.M., as Henry was known, became the most studied individual in the history of neuroscience, a human guinea pig who would teach us much of what we know about memory today.

Patient H.M. is, at times, a deeply personal journey. Dittrich’s grandfather was the brilliant, morally complex surgeon who operated on Molaison—and thousands of other patients. The author’s investigation into the dark roots of modern memory science ultimately forces him to confront unsettling secrets in his own family history, and to reveal the tragedy that fueled his grandfather’s relentless experimentation—experimentation that would revolutionize our understanding of ourselves.”

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4 .) Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

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Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Nsture
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Science News
  • Technology Review
  • The NY Times
  • The Washington Post

“Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.

Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home. “

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3 .) When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Brain Pickings
  • Library Journal
  • NPR
  • Popular Mechanics
  • The Guardian 2
  • The NY Times
  • The Washington Post

“At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.”

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2 .) I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Brain Pickings
  • Forbes
  • Goodreads
  • Kirkus
  • NPR
  • Technology Review
  • The Economist
  • The Guardian 2
  • The NY Times

“Every animal, whether human, squid, or wasp, is home to millions of bacteria and other microbes. Ed Yong, whose humor is as evident as his erudition, prompts us to look at ourselves and our animal companions in a new light—less as individuals and more as the interconnected, interdependent multitudes we assuredly are.

The microbes in our bodies are part of our immune systems and protect us from disease. In the deep oceans, mysterious creatures without mouths or guts depend on microbes for all their energy. Bacteria provide squid with invisibility cloaks, help beetles to bring down forests, and allow worms to cause diseases that afflict millions of people.

Many people think of microbes as germs to be eradicated, but those that live with us—the microbiome—build our bodies, protect our health, shape our identities, and grant us incredible abilities. In this astonishing book, Ed Yong takes us on a grand tour through our microbial partners, and introduces us to the scientists on the front lines of discovery. It will change both our view of nature and our sense of where we belong in it.”

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1 .) The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Brain Pickings
  • Goodreads
  • Kirkus
  • Library Journal
  • NPR
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Science News
  • Technology Review
  • The Economist
  • The Globe & Mail
  • The Guardian 2
  • The NY Times
  • The Washington Post

“Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

Throughout the narrative, the story of Mukherjee’s own family—with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness—cuts like a bright, red line, reminding us of the many questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. In superb prose and with an instinct for the dramatic scene, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation—from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome.”

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#22-363 Best Science & Nature Books of 2016



 

# Book Author List
(Books Appear on 2 Lists Each)
22 Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell Alexandra Horowitz Brain Pickings
Library Journal
23 Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Failure and Random Fortune in Silicon Valley Antonio Garcia Martinez Technology Review
Cult of Mac
24 Darwinian Agriculture: How Understanding Evolution Can Improve Agriculture R. Ford Denison Bioteaching
Bioteaching 10
25 Eruption Steve Olson Science News
Stevereads
26 Evolution: A Visual Record Robert Clark Bioteaching
Smithsonian Mag
27 Fine Lines: Vladimir Nabokov’s Scientific Art Stephen H Blackwell Bioteaching 13
Nsture
28 How To Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Space Flight Julian Guthrie and Richard Branson Smithsonian Mag 2
Amazon
29 How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS David France Library Journal
The NY Times
30 Imbeciles: The Supreme Court Adam Cohen Nsture
NPR
31 In a Different Key: The Story of Autism John Donvan and Caren Zucker The Washington Post
Goodreads
32 Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art Virginia Heffernan Kirkus
Smithsonian Mag 2
33 Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World Marc Raboy Nsture
Cult of Mac
34 Now: The Physics of Time Richard A. Muller Amazon
Symmetry
35 On Trails: An Exploration Robert Moor Goodreads
Science of Us
36 Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World Adam Grant Cult of Mac
Technology Review
37 Plant Variation and Evolution Dr David Briggs Bioteaching
Bioteaching 10
38 Reality Is Not What It Seems Carlo Rovelli Nsture
The Guardian 2
39 Sun Moon Earth Tyler Nordgren Popular Mechanics
Amazon
40 The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It…Every Time Maria Konnikova Brain Pickings
Forbes
41 The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley Smithsonian Mag 2
The Washington Post
42 The Industries of the Future Alec Ross Library Journal
Cult of Mac
43 The Life Project: The Extraordinary Story of Our Ordinary Lives Helen Pearson Nsture
The Guardian 2
44 The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds Michael Lewis Science of Us
Technology Review
45 The Wood for the Trees Richard Fortey Guardian
Stevereads
46 Time Travel: A History James Gleick Brain Pickings
Goodreads
47 Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour Neil deGrasse Tyson and Michael A. Strauss Amazon
Symmetry
48 What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins Jonathan Balcombe Stevereads
Amazon
(Books Appear On 1 List Each)
49 13.8: The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything John Gribbin Symmetry
50 A Biogeoscience Approach to Ecosystems Edward A. Johnson Bioteaching 8
51 A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes The Guardian 2
52 A CANCER IN THE FAMILY: TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR GENETIC INHERITANCE Theodora Ross Kirkus
53 A Concise Geologic Time Scale: 2016 J G Ogg Bioteaching 7
54 A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy Joel Mokyr Technology Review
55 A Farewell to Ice: A Report from the Arctic Peter Wadhams The Guardian 2
56 A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age Daniel J. Levitin The Globe & Mail
57 A Kestrel for a Knave Guardian
58 A Sea of Glass: Searching for the Blaschkas’ Fragile Legacy in an Ocean at Risk Drew Harvell Smithsonian Mag
59 A Tale of Seven Scientists and a New Philosophy of Science Eric Scerri Bioteaching 14
60 A Tale of Trees: The Battle to Save Britain’s Woodland Guardian
61 Ada Twist, Scientist Andrea Beaty, illustrated NPR
62 Adaptation in Metapopulations: How Interaction Changes Evolution (Interspecific Interactions (Paperback)) Michael J. Wade [ Bioteaching
63 ADHD NATION: CHILDREN, DOCTORS, BIG PHARMA, AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN EPIDEMIC Alan Schwarz Kirkus
64 Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion Paul Bloom Forbes
65 Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built Duncan Clark Technology Review
66 All The Birds In The Sky Charlie Jane Anders NPR
67 Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age Dan Zak The Washington Post
68 America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks Ruth Whippman Greater Good
69 America’s Snake Ted Levin Stevereads
70 Ammonoid Paleobiology: From Anatomy to Ecology (Topics in Geobiology) Christian Klug Bioteaching 12
71 An Ape’s View of Human Evolution Peter Andrews Bioteaching 2
72 Animal Electricity: How We Learned That the Body and Brain Are Electric Machines Robert B. Campenot Bioteaching 13
73 Arboreal: A Collection of New Woodland Writing Guardian
74 Astrophysics James Binney Symmetry
75 Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide To The World’s Hidden Wonders Popular Mechanics
76 Atlas of Taphonomic Identifications: 1001+ Images of Fossil and Recent Mammal Bone Modification (Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology) Yolanda Fernandez Jalvo Bioteaching 12
77 Autumn Melissa Harrison Guardian
78 Avian Evolution: The Fossil Record of Birds and its Paleobiological Significance (TOPA Topics in Paleobiology) Gerald Mayr Bioteaching 12
79 Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest Julie Zickefoose Goodreads
80 Bas van Fraassen’s Approach to Representation and Models in Science (Synthese Library) Wenceslao J. Gonzalez Bioteaching 14
81 Because Without Cause: Non-Causal Explanations in Science and Mathematics (Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Science) Marc Lange Bioteaching 14
82 Beginner’s Guide: Love And Other Chemical Reactions Six de los Reyes NPR
83 Being a Beast Guardian
84 Belief, Evidence, and Uncertainty: Problems of Epistemic Inference (SpringerBriefs in Philosophy) Prasanta S. Bandyopadhyay Bioteaching 14
85 Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital David Oshinsky Nsture
86 Biodiversity and Earth History Jens Boenigk Bioteaching 9
87 Biogeography: An Ecological and Evolutionary Approach C. Barry Cox Bioteaching
88 Birds of Stone: Chinese Avian Fossils from the Age of Dinosaurs Luis M. Chiappe Bioteaching 12
89 Black Holes Katherine Blundell Symmetry
90 Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums Samuel J Nsture
91 Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery Anna Laurent Bioteaching 10
92 Botanical Miracles: Chemistry of Plants That Changed the World Raymond Cooper Bioteaching 10
93 But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past Smithsonian Mag 2
94 Capability Brown and His Landscape Gardens Dirt
95 Capability Brown: Designing the English Landscape Dirt
96 Causal Inference in Statistics: A Primer Judea Pearl Bioteaching 14
97 Cetacean Paleobiology (TOPA Topics in Paleobiology) Felix G. Marx Bioteaching 12
98 Chance in Evolution Grant Ramsey Bioteaching
99 Chordate Origins and Evolution: The Molecular Evolutionary Road to Vertebrates Noriyuki Satoh Bioteaching 5
100 Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction Mary Ellen Hannibal Goodreads
101 Closer: Notes from the Orgasmic Frontier of Female Sexuality Sarah Barmak The Globe & Mail
102 Code Warriors: NSA’s Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union Stephen Budiansky The Washington Post
103 Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos Loren Eiseley Stevereads
104 Coloring the Universe: An Insider’s Look at Making Spectacular Images of Space Travis A. Rector, Kimberly Kowal Arcand and Megan Watzke Cosmos Magazine
105 Copernicus Owen Gingerich Symmetry
106 Costly and Cute: Helpless Infants and Human Evolution (School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar Series) Wenda R. Trevathan Bioteaching 2
107 Coyote America Dan Flores Stevereads
108 Dangerous Years: Climate Change, the Long Emergency, and the Way Forward David W. Orr Bioteaching 11
109 Darwin’s Man in Brazil: The Evolving Science of Fritz Müller David A. West Bioteaching 13
110 Darwinism as Religion: What Literature Tells Us about Evolution Michael Ruse Bioteaching 13
111 Data-Centric Biology: A Philosophical Study Sabina Leonelli Bioteaching 14
112 Defensive (anti-herbivory) Coloration in Land Plants Simcha Lev-Yadun Bioteaching 10
113 Dinosaurs – The Grand Tour: Everything Worth Knowing About Dinosaurs from Aardonyx to Zuniceratops Keiron Pim Bioteaching 12
114 Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History David E. Fastovsky Bioteaching 12
115 Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved Darren Naish Bioteaching 12
116 Diving Beetles of the World: Systematics and Biology of the Dytiscidae Kelly B. Miller Bioteaching 1
117 Dynamic Paleontology: Using Quantification and Other Tools to Decipher the History of Life (Springer Geology) Mark A.S. McMenamin Bioteaching 12
118 Early Evolutionary History of the Synapsida (Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology) Christian F. Kammerer Bioteaching 12
119 Earth’s Deep History: How It Was Discovered and Why It Matters Martin J. S. Rudwick Bioteaching 13
120 Eco-evolutionary Dynamics Andrew P. Hendry Bioteaching
121 Ecology in Action Fred D. Singer Bioteaching 8
122 Ecology of Urban Environments Kirsten M. Parris Bioteaching 8
123 Einstein’s Greatest Mistake: The life of a flawed genius David Bodanis ABC
124 Endeavouring Banks: Exploring Collections from the Endeavour Voyage 1768-1771 Neil Chambers Bioteaching 13
125 Environmentalism of the Rich Dirt
126 Essays in the Philosophy of Chemistry Eric Scerri Bioteaching 14
127 Essentials of Geology (Fifth Edition) Stephen Marshak Bioteaching 7
128 Eternal Ephemera: Adaptation and the Origin of Species from the Nineteenth Century Through Punctuated Equilibria and Beyond Niles Eldredge Bioteaching
129 Evolution (Second Edition) Carl T. Bergstrom Bioteaching
130 Evolution and Transitions in Complexity: The Science of Hierarchical Organization in Nature Gerard A.J.M Jagers op Akkerhuis Bioteaching 14
131 Evolution Made to Order: Plant Breeding and Technological Innovation in Twentieth-Century America Helen Anne Curry Bioteaching 10
132 Evolution of Gibbons and Siamang: Phylogeny, Morphology, and Cognition (Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects) Ulrich H. Reichard Bioteaching 2
133 Evolutionary Biology: Convergent Evolution, Evolution of Complex Traits, Concepts and Methods Pierre Pontarotti Bioteaching
134 Evolutionary Theory: A Hierarchical Perspective Niles Eldredge Bioteaching
135 Evolutionary Transitions to Multicellular Life: Principles and mechanisms (Advances in Marine Genomics) Inaki Ruiz Trillo Bioteaching
136 Experimental Approaches to Understanding Fossil Organisms: Lessons from the Living (Topics in Geobiology) Daniel I. Hembree Bioteaching 12
137 Explanation in Biology: An Enquiry into the Diversity of Explanatory Patterns in the Life Sciences (History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences) Pierre-Alain Braillard Bioteaching 14
138 Extracellular Composite Matrices in Arthropods Ephraim Cohen Bioteaching 1
139 FELT TIME Brain Pickings
140 Field Guide to the Wildflowers of the Western Mediterranean Chris Thorogood Bioteaching 10
141 Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir Guardian
142 Floral Mimicry Steven D. Johnson Bioteaching 10
143 Flower Development: Methods and Protocols (Methods in Molecular Biology) José Luis Riechmann Bioteaching 10
144 Freezing of Lakes and the Evolution of their Ice Cover (Springer Earth System Sciences) Matti Leppäranta Bioteaching 7
145 From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives Smithsonian Mag 2
146 Garden Flora: The Natural and Cultural History of the Plants In Your Garden Noel Kingsbury Bioteaching 10
147 Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change Dirt
148 Gender Medicine: The Groundbreaking New Science of Gender- and Sex-Based Diagnosis and Treatment Marek Glezerman Library Journal
149 George Lucas: A Life Brian Jay Jones Cult of Mac
150 Giant Sloths and Sabertooth Cats: Archaeology of the Ice Age Great Basin Donald Grayson Bioteaching 12
151 Governing Behavior: How Nerve Cell Dictatorships and Democracies Control Everything We Do Ari Berkowitz Bioteaching 6
152 Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance Smithsonian Mag 2
153 Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why Paul Tough Greater Good
154 Historium Richard Wilkins and Jo Nelson Cosmos Magazine
155 Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow The Guardian 2
156 House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and the Story of Life on Earth Richard Conniff Bioteaching 13
157 How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet Benjamin Peters Nsture
158 How Science Works: Evolution: The Nature of Science & The Science of Nature John Ellis Bioteaching
159 Howler Monkeys: Adaptive Radiation, Systematics, and Morphology (Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects) Martín M. Kowalewski Bioteaching 2
160 Human Anatomy (8th Edition) Elaine N. Marieb Bioteaching 2
161 Human Ecology: How Nature and Culture Shape Our World Frederick R. Steiner Bioteaching 2
162 Human Evolution: Our Brains and Behavior Robin Dunbar Bioteaching 2
163 Humans: An Unauthorized Biography Claudio Tuniz Bioteaching 2
164 Huxley’s Church and Maxwell’s Demon: From Theistic Science to Naturalistic Science Matthew Stanley Bioteaching 13
165 Ice Bear Michael Engelhard Stevereads
166 Ichnoentomology: Insect Traces in Soils and Paleosols (Topics in Geobiology) Jorge Fernando Genise Bioteaching 1
167 Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To Dean Burnett Goodreads
168 In-Between Days: A Memoir About Living with Cancer Teva Harrison The Globe & Mail
169 INCARNATIONS: India in 50 Lives Sunil Khilnani Geographical
170 Infochemicals: Invisible bonds binding creatures great and small Yuvaraj Ranganathan Bioteaching 8
171 Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies Calestous Juma Technology Review
172 Insect Ecology, Fourth Edition: An Ecosystem Approach Timothy D. Schowalter Bioteaching 1
173 Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart James R. Doty Goodreads
174 Invasion Genetics: The Baker and Stebbins Legacy Spencer C.H. Barrett Bioteaching 13
175 Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior Jonah Berger Greater Good
176 James Sowerby: The Enlightenment’s Natural Historian Paul Henderson Bioteaching 13
177 Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within Chade-Meng Tan Greater Good
178 Knowing Your Place: Wildlife in Shingle Street Guardian
179 Landforms of High Mountains (Springer Geography) Alexander Stahr Bioteaching 7
180 Landmarks Robert Macfarlane NPR
181 Life in the Dark: Illuminating Biodiversity in the Shadowy Haunts of Planet Earth Danté Fenolio Bioteaching 6
182 Limits of Science? John Beerbower Bioteaching 14
183 LINES IN THE ICE: Exploring the Roof of the World Philip Hatfield Geographical
184 LIONS IN THE BALANCE: Man-Eaters, Manes, and Men with Guns Craig Packer Geographical
185 Lives and Times of Great Pioneers in Chemistry: From Lavoisier to Sanger C N R Rao Bioteaching 13
186 Loren Elseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature & the Cosmos Library of America The Seminary Co-op
187 Macroevolution: Explanation, Interpretation and Evidence (Interdisciplinary Evolution Research) Emanuele Serrelli Bioteaching
188 Man’s best friend is the subject of dozens of books every year – all kinds of books coming at this most familiar of subjects from all kinds of angles – but it’s only infrequently that a year boasts so many first-rate results Alexandra Horowitz Stevereads
189 Map Stories: The Art of Discovery Francisca Mattéoli Cosmos Magazine
190 Mesozoic Biotas of Scandinavia and Its Arctic Territories (Geological Society Special Publications) B. P. Kear Bioteaching 12
191 Messages from Islands: A Global Biodiversity Tour Ilkka Hanski Bioteaching 8
192 Mites: Ecology, Evolution & Behaviour: Life at a Microscale David Evans Walter Bioteaching 1
193 Monkeytalk: Inside the Worlds and Minds of Primates Julia Fischer Bioteaching 2
194 Moths, Myths, and Mosquitoes: The Eccentric Life of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr. Marc Epstein Bioteaching 13
195 Moving Heaven and Earth: Capability Brown’s Gift of Landscape Dirt
196 Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Stone Age Weaponry (Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology) Radu Iovita Bioteaching 2
197 Myxozoan Evolution, Ecology and Development Beth Okamura Bioteaching 3
198 Nature and Cities: The Ecological Imperative in Urban Planning and Design Dirt
199 Nature’s Pharmacopeia: A World of Medicinal Plants Dan Choffnes Bioteaching 10
200 No Way But Gentlenesse Guardian
201 On the Origin of Autonomy: A New Look at the Major Transitions in Evolution (History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences) Bernd Rosslenbroich Bioteaching
202 Origins: The Search for Our Prehistoric Past Frank H. T. Rhodes Bioteaching 12
203 Orison for a Curlew Guardian
204 Overview: A New Perspective of Earth Benjamin Grant Smithsonian Mag
205 Paleoecology Jeffery Clarke Bioteaching 12
206 Paleoecology: Past, Present and Future David J. Bottjer Bioteaching 12
207 Paleomicrobiology of Humans Michel Drancourt Bioteaching 12
208 Patterns in Nature: Why the Natural World Looks the Way it Does Philip Ball Smithsonian Mag
209 Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise Anders Erikson and Robert Pool Forbes
210 Philosophy of Chemistry: Growth of a New Discipline (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science) Eric Scerri Bioteaching 14
211 Philosophy of Nature Paul K. Feyerabend Bioteaching 14
212 Phylogenies in Ecology: A Guide to Concepts and Methods Marc W. Cadotte Bioteaching 4
213 PINPOINT: How GPS is Changing Our World Greg Milner Geographical
214 Plant Ecology and Evolution in Harsh Environments (Environmental Research Advances) Nishanta Rajakaruna Bioteaching 10
215 Plant Ecology in the Middle East Ahmad Hegazy Bioteaching 8
216 Plant Evolution: An Introduction to the History of Life Karl J. Niklas Bioteaching 10
217 Plant Functional Diversity: Organism traits, community structure, and ecosystem properties Eric Garnier Bioteaching 10
218 Plant: Exploring the Botanical World Phaidon Editors Smithsonian Mag
219 Plants on Plants – The Biology of Vascular Epiphytes (Fascinating Life Sciences) Gerhard Zotz Bioteaching 10
220 Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games Ian Bogost Forbes
221 Pollination Power Heather Angel Bioteaching 10
222 Primate Behavioral Ecology Karen B. Strier Bioteaching 2
223 Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved (Princeton Science Library) Frans de Waal Bioteaching 2
224 Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure Dr Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman Cosmos Magazine
225 Quantitative Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Integrating models with data (Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution) Otso Ovaskainen Bioteaching 8
226 Reading Darwin in Arabic, 1860-1950 Marwa Elshakry Bioteaching 13
227 Reconceptualizing the Nature of Science for Science Education: Scientific Knowledge, Practices and Other Family Categories (Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education) Sibel Erduran Bioteaching 14
228 Reduction and Emergence in Science and Philosophy (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy) Carl Gillett Bioteaching 14
229 Reductionism, Emergence and Levels of Reality: The Importance of Being Borderline Sergio Chibbaro Bioteaching 14
230 Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth Edited by Mariana Mazzucato and Michael Jacobs Technology Review
231 Rethinking Order: After the Laws of Nature Nancy Cartwright Bioteaching 14
232 Reticulate Evolution: Symbiogenesis, Lateral Gene Transfer, Hybridization and Infectious Heredity (Interdisciplinary Evolution Research) Nathalie Gontier Bioteaching
233 Retrograde Evolution During Major Extinction Crises (SpringerBriefs in Evolutionary Biology) Jean Guex Bioteaching
234 Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History Thomas Rid Technology Review
235 Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist Dirt
236 Romantic Biology, 1890-1945 (History and Philosophy of Biology) Maurizio Esposito Bioteaching 13
237 Science among the Ottomans: The Cultural Creation and Exchange of Knowledge Miri Shefer-Mossensohn Bioteaching 13
238 Seeds: A Natural History Carolyn Fry Bioteaching 10
239 Serendipity: An Ecologist’s Quest to Understand Nature James A Nsture
240 Seven Skeletons Lydia Pyne Science News
241 Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep Marah J. Hardt Amazon
242 Shallow Seas Guardian
243 Show Me the Bone: Reconstructing Prehistoric Monsters in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America Gowan Dawson Bioteaching 13
244 Silent Sparks Sara Lewis Science News
245 Site, Sight, Insight: Essays on Landscape Architecture Dirt
246 Slick Water Andrew Nikiforuk Science News
247 Slugs and Snails Guardian
248 Snowball in a Blizzard: A Physician’s Notes on Uncertainty in Medicine Steven Hatch Library Journal
249 Sociality: The Behaviour of Group-Living Animals Ashley Ward Bioteaching 6
250 Sous Vide At Home: The Modern Technique For Perfectly Cooked Meals Lisa Q. Fetterman NPR
251 Species and Speciation in the Fossil Record Warren D. Allmon Bioteaching 12
252 Spring Melissa Harrison Guardian
253 Story of Life: Evolution Illustrated Katie Scott Cosmos Magazine
254 Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right Arlie Hochschild Greater Good
255 Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy Robert Frank Greater Good
256 Summer Melissa Harrison Guardian
257 Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening John Elder Robison The Washington Post
258 System: The Shaping of Modern Knowledge (Infrastructures) Clifford Siskin Bioteaching 14
259 Take Pride: Why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success Jessica Tracy Greater Good
260 Tense Bees and Shell-Shocked Crabs: Are Animals Conscious? Michael Tye Bioteaching 6
261 Testing Modern Biostratigraphical Methods: Application to the Ammonoid Zonation across the Devonian-Carboniferous Boundary (BestMasters) Carina Klein Bioteaching 7
262 The ABCs Of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work, And When To Use Them Daniel L. Schwartz, Jessica M. Tsang, Kristen P. Blair NPR
263 The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data Kevin Mitnick with Robert Vamosi Technology Review
264 The Art of Science: From Perspective Drawing to Quantum Randomness Rossella Lupacchini Bioteaching 14
265 The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood Belle Boggs The Globe & Mail
266 The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads Tim Wu The Globe & Mail
267 The Big Cat Man: An Autobiography Jonathan Scott Guardian
268 The Biology of Deserts (Biology of Habitats Series) David Ward Bioteaching 8
269 The Book of Frogs Tim Halliday Stevereads
270 The Botanical Treasury: Celebrating 40 of the World’s Most Fascinating Plants through Historical Art and Manuscripts Christopher Mills Bioteaching 10
271 The Cabaret of Plants: Forty Thousand Years of Plant Life and the Human Imagination Richard Mabey Bioteaching 10
272 The Calculus of Selfishness: (Princeton Series in Theoretical and Computational Biology) Karl Sigmund Bioteaching
273 The Caped Crusade Glen Weldon Popular Mechanics
274 The Cnidaria, Past, Present and Future: The world of Medusa and her sisters Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa Bioteaching 3
275 The Construction of Human Kinds Ron Mallon Bioteaching 2
276 The Cosmic Web: Mysterious Architecture of the Universe J. Richard Gott Symmetry
277 The Cyber Effect Mary Aiken Nsture
278 The Demons of Science: What They Can and Cannot Tell Us About Our World Friedel Weinert Bioteaching 14
279 The Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World’s Most Coveted Fish Emily Voigt Library Journal
280 The Edge of Objectivity: An Essay in the History of Scientific Ideas (Princeton Science Library) Charles Coulston Gillispie Bioteaching 14
281 THE EGYPTIANS: A Radical Story Jack Shenker Geographical
282 The Ethical Carnivore Guardian
283 The Ethics of Invention: Technology and the Human Future Sheila Jasanoff Technology Review
284 The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe Joseph E Nsture
285 The Evolution of the Eye Georg Glaeser Bioteaching 6
286 The Evolution of the Primate Hand: Anatomical, Developmental, Functional, and Paleontological Evidence (Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects) Tracy L. Kivell Bioteaching 2
287 The Experimental Self: Humphry Davy and the Making of a Man of Science (Synthesis) Jan Golinski Bioteaching 13
288 The Fungi, Third Edition Sarah C. Watkinson Bioteaching 10
289 The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children Alison Gopnik Greater Good
290 The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World Tara Zahra Nsture
291 The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success Emma Seppälä Greater Good
292 THE HISTORY OF CENTRAL ASIA: The Age of Islam and the Mongols Christoph Baumer Geographical
293 The Holobiont Imperative: Perspectives from Early Emerging Animals Thomas C. G. Bosch Bioteaching
294 The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks Terry Tempest Williams The Washington Post
295 The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History Brian Fagan Bioteaching 2
296 The Invention of Nature Andrea Wulf Science News
297 The Jazz Of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music And The Structure Of The Universe Stephon Alexander NPR
298 THE LADY AND THE GENERALS: Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s Struggle for Freedom Peter Popham Geographical
299 The Laws of Scientific Change Hakob Barseghyan Bioteaching 14
300 The Life Organic: The Theoretical Biology Club and the Roots of Epigenetics Erik L. Peterson Bioteaching 13
301 The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World Abigail Tucker Library Journal
302 The Logical Foundations of Scientific Theories: Languages, Structures, and Models (Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Mathematics and Physics) Decio Krause Bioteaching 14
303 The Long, Long Life of Trees Dirt
304 The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy Michael E. Mann Bioteaching 11
305 THE MAKING OF INDIA: The Untold Story of British Enterprise Kartar Lalvani Geographical
306 THE MAKING OF THE BRITISH LANDSCAPE: From Ice Age to the Present Nicholas Crane Geographical
307 THE MAPMAKERS’ WORLD: A Cultural History of the European World Map Marjo T Nurminen Geographical
308 The Missing Lemur Link: An Ancestral Step in the Evolution of Human Behaviour (Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology) Dr Ivan Norscia Bioteaching 2
309 The Most Perfect Thing Guardian
310 The Most Wanted Man in China: My Journey from Scientist to Enemy of the State Fang Lizhi Nsture
311 The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea Robert Wald Sussman Bioteaching 2
312 The Narrow Edge Deborah Cramer Science News
313 The Nature of Autumn Guardian
314 The Nature of Culture: Based on an Interdisciplinary Symposium ‘The Nature of Culture’, Tübingen, Germany (Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology) Miriam N. Haidle Bioteaching 2
315 The Nature of Scientific Knowledge: An Explanatory Approach (Springer Undergraduate Texts in Philosophy) Kevin McCain Bioteaching 14
316 The Origin and Nature of Life on Earth: The Emergence of the Fourth Geosphere Eric Smith Bioteaching 9
317 The Origins of Fairness: How Evolution Explains Our Moral Nature (Foundations of Human Interaction) Nicolas Baumard Bioteaching 2
318 The Outrun Guardian
319 THE POLAR BEAR Brain Pickings
320 The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age Bettina Hoerlein and Gino Segré Symmetry
321 The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence Dacher Keltner Greater Good
322 The Princeton Field Guide to Prehistoric Mammals (Princeton Field Guides) Donald R. Prothero Bioteaching 12
323 The Rasputin Effect: When Commensals and Symbionts Become Parasitic (Advances in Environmental Microbiology) Christon J. Hurst Bioteaching
324 The Restless Clock: A History of the Centuries-Long Argument over What Makes Living Things Tick Jessica Riskin Bioteaching 13
325 The Sauropod Dinosaurs: Life in the Age of Giants Mark Hallett Bioteaching 12
326 The Science of Human Evolution: Getting it Right John H. Langdon Bioteaching 2
327 The Secret Art of Alchemy Robert M. Black Bioteaching 13
328 The Secret Lives of Colour Kassia St Clair Smithsonian Mag
329 The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters Sean B Nsture
330 The Shock of the Anthropocene: The Earth Christophe Bonneuil and Jean-Baptiste Fressoz Nsture
331 The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology: A Memoir Thomas Dolby Amazon
332 The Theory of Ecological Communities (MPB-57) (Monographs in Population Biology) Mark Vellend Bioteaching 8
333 The Tree John Fowles Guardian
334 The Tree of Knowledge: The Bright and the Dark Sides of Science Claudio Ronchi Bioteaching 14
335 The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World Brad Stone Technology Review
336 The Wild Robot Peter Brown ABC
337 Theory-Based Ecology: A Darwinian approach Liz Pasztor Bioteaching 8
338 Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words Randall Munroe Goodreads
339 This Is Your Brain on Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society Kathleen McAuliffe Amazon
340 THROWING ROCKS AT THE GOOGLE BUS: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity Douglas Rushkoff Geographical
341 Tide: The Science and Lore of the Greatest Force on Earth Hugh Aldersey-Williams The Guardian 2
342 Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed With Time The Guardian 2
343 To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History Lawrence Levy Cult of Mac
344 Toward an Urban Ecology: SCAPE / Landscape Architecture Dirt
345 Tracking Gobi Grizzlies Douglas Chadwick Stevereads
346 Truly, Madly, Deeply Ali Bin Thalith Cosmos Magazine
347 Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness Nathanael Johnson Goodreads
348 Urban Forests: A Natural History Of Trees And People In The American Cityscape Jill Jonnes NPR
349 Venomous: How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry Christie Wilcox Amazon
350 Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs Dirt
351 Water Infrastructure: Equitable Deployment of Resilient Systems Dirt
352 What Makes a Good Experiment?: Reasons and Roles in Science Allan Franklin Bioteaching 14
353 What the F Benjamin K. Bergen Science News
354 White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America Nancy Isenberg Nsture
355 Who Cares About Particle Physics? Making Sense of the Higgs Boson, the Large Hadron Collider and CERN Pauline Gagnon Symmetry
356 Wild by Design Dirt
357 Wild Encounters: Iconic Photographs of the World’s Vanishing Animals and Cultures David Yarrow Smithsonian Mag
358 Wildling Rachel Lockwood Guardian
359 Winter Melissa Harrison Guardian
360 Women in Science Rachel Ignotofsky ABC
361 WOMEN IN SCIENCE Brain Pickings
362 Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World Smithsonian Mag 2
363 Zero K Don DeLillo Popular Mechanics


The 46 Best Nature and Science Book Lists Used



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ABC Top five science books of 2016
Amazon Best science books of 2016
Bioteaching Top 2016 Evolution Books
Bioteaching 1 Top 2016 Arthropod Books
Bioteaching 10 Top 2016 Botany Books
Bioteaching 11 Top 2016 Climate Change Books
Bioteaching 12 Top 2016 Palaentology Books
Bioteaching 13 Top 2016 History of Science Books
Bioteaching 14 Top 2016 Philosophy of Science Books
Bioteaching 2 Top 2016 Human Biology Books
Bioteaching 3 Top 2016 Invertebrate Zoology Books
Bioteaching 4 Top 2016 Phylogenetics Books
Bioteaching 5 Top 2016 Verebrate Book
Bioteaching 6 Top 2016 Zoology Books
Bioteaching 7 Top 2016 Geology Books
Bioteaching 8 Top 2016 Ecology Books
Bioteaching 9 Top 2016 Historical Geology Books
Brain Pickings The Greatest Science Books of 2016
Cosmos Magazine Top Illustrated Science Books of 2016
Cult of Mac Get your read on: Best tech books of 2016
Dirt Best Books of 2016
Forbes The Must-Read Brain Books Of 2016
Geographical Geographical’s Books of the Year 2016
Goodreads BEST SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Greater Good Our Favorite Books of 2016
Kirkus Best Books of 2016 About Science and Technology
Library Journal Top Ten Books of 2016
Nature Top 20 books: a year that made waves
NPR NPR’s Book Concierge Our Guide To 2016’s Great Reads
Popular Mechanics A Gift Guide For The Bookworm In Your Life
Science Blogs best science books 2016
Science News Science News’ favorite books of 2016
Science of Us 5 Science Books We Loved This Year
Smithsonian Mag The Best “Art Meets Science” Books of 2016
Smithsonian Mag 2 The Best Books About Innovation of 2016
Stevereads Best Books of 2016 – Nature!
Symmetry Physics books of 2016
Technology Review Best Books of 2016
The Economist Books of the Year 2016
The Globe & Mail Best Books of The Year
The Guardian The best nature books of 2016
The Guardian 2 Robin McKie’s best science books of 2016
The NY Times 100 Notable Books of 2016
The Seminary Co-op Staff Recs
The Vore Best new Science books in 2016
The Washington Post THE 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2016

 

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