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

“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!

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(Books Appear on 2 Lists Each)
22Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of SmellAlexandra HorowitzBrain Pickings
Library Journal
23Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Failure and Random Fortune in Silicon ValleyAntonio Garcia MartinezTechnology Review
Cult of Mac
24Darwinian Agriculture: How Understanding Evolution Can Improve AgricultureR. Ford DenisonBioteaching
Bioteaching 10
25EruptionSteve OlsonScience News
26Evolution: A Visual RecordRobert ClarkBioteaching
Smithsonian Mag
27Fine Lines: Vladimir Nabokov’s Scientific ArtStephen H BlackwellBioteaching 13
28How To Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Space FlightJulian Guthrie and Richard BransonSmithsonian Mag 2
29How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDSDavid FranceLibrary Journal
The NY Times
30Imbeciles: The Supreme CourtAdam CohenNsture
31In a Different Key: The Story of AutismJohn Donvan and Caren ZuckerThe Washington Post
32Magic and Loss: The Internet as ArtVirginia HeffernanKirkus
Smithsonian Mag 2
33Marconi: The Man Who Networked the WorldMarc RaboyNsture
Cult of Mac
34Now: The Physics of TimeRichard A. MullerAmazon
35On Trails: An ExplorationRobert MoorGoodreads
Science of Us
36Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the WorldAdam GrantCult of Mac
Technology Review
37Plant Variation and EvolutionDr David BriggsBioteaching
Bioteaching 10
38Reality Is Not What It SeemsCarlo RovelliNsture
The Guardian 2
39Sun Moon EarthTyler NordgrenPopular Mechanics
40The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It…Every TimeMaria KonnikovaBrain Pickings
41The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon ValleySmithsonian Mag 2
The Washington Post
42The Industries of the FutureAlec RossLibrary Journal
Cult of Mac
43The Life Project: The Extraordinary Story of Our Ordinary LivesHelen PearsonNsture
The Guardian 2
44The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our MindsMichael LewisScience of Us
Technology Review
45The Wood for the TreesRichard ForteyGuardian
46Time Travel: A HistoryJames GleickBrain Pickings
47Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical TourNeil deGrasse Tyson and Michael A. StraussAmazon
48What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater CousinsJonathan BalcombeStevereads
(Books Appear On 1 List Each)
4913.8: The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of EverythingJohn GribbinSymmetry
50A Biogeoscience Approach to EcosystemsEdward A. JohnsonBioteaching 8
51A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our GenesThe Guardian 2
53A Concise Geologic Time Scale: 2016J G OggBioteaching 7
54A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern EconomyJoel MokyrTechnology Review
55A Farewell to Ice: A Report from the ArcticPeter WadhamsThe Guardian 2
56A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information AgeDaniel J. LevitinThe Globe & Mail
57A Kestrel for a KnaveGuardian
58A Sea of Glass: Searching for the Blaschkas’ Fragile Legacy in an Ocean at RiskDrew HarvellSmithsonian Mag
59A Tale of Seven Scientists and a New Philosophy of ScienceEric ScerriBioteaching 14
60A Tale of Trees: The Battle to Save Britain’s WoodlandGuardian
61Ada Twist, ScientistAndrea Beaty, illustratedNPR
62Adaptation in Metapopulations: How Interaction Changes Evolution (Interspecific Interactions (Paperback))Michael J. Wade [Bioteaching
64Against Empathy: The Case for Rational CompassionPaul BloomForbes
65Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma BuiltDuncan ClarkTechnology Review
66All The Birds In The SkyCharlie Jane AndersNPR
67Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear AgeDan ZakThe Washington Post
68America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous WrecksRuth WhippmanGreater Good
69America’s SnakeTed LevinStevereads
70Ammonoid Paleobiology: From Anatomy to Ecology (Topics in Geobiology)Christian KlugBioteaching 12
71An Ape’s View of Human EvolutionPeter AndrewsBioteaching 2
72Animal Electricity: How We Learned That the Body and Brain Are Electric MachinesRobert B. CampenotBioteaching 13
73Arboreal: A Collection of New Woodland WritingGuardian
74AstrophysicsJames BinneySymmetry
75Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide To The World’s Hidden WondersPopular Mechanics
76Atlas of Taphonomic Identifications: 1001+ Images of Fossil and Recent Mammal Bone Modification (Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology)Yolanda Fernandez JalvoBioteaching 12
77AutumnMelissa HarrisonGuardian
78Avian Evolution: The Fossil Record of Birds and its Paleobiological Significance (TOPA Topics in Paleobiology)Gerald MayrBioteaching 12
79Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the NestJulie ZickefooseGoodreads
80Bas van Fraassen’s Approach to Representation and Models in Science (Synthese Library)Wenceslao J. GonzalezBioteaching 14
81Because Without Cause: Non-Causal Explanations in Science and Mathematics (Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Science)Marc LangeBioteaching 14
82Beginner’s Guide: Love And Other Chemical ReactionsSix de los ReyesNPR
83Being a BeastGuardian
84Belief, Evidence, and Uncertainty: Problems of Epistemic Inference (SpringerBriefs in Philosophy)Prasanta S. BandyopadhyayBioteaching 14
85Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied HospitalDavid OshinskyNsture
86Biodiversity and Earth HistoryJens BoenigkBioteaching 9
87Biogeography: An Ecological and Evolutionary ApproachC. Barry CoxBioteaching
88Birds of Stone: Chinese Avian Fossils from the Age of DinosaursLuis M. ChiappeBioteaching 12
89Black HolesKatherine BlundellSymmetry
90Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in MuseumsSamuel JNsture
91Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific DiscoveryAnna LaurentBioteaching 10
92Botanical Miracles: Chemistry of Plants That Changed the WorldRaymond CooperBioteaching 10
93But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the PastSmithsonian Mag 2
94Capability Brown and His Landscape GardensDirt
95Capability Brown: Designing the English LandscapeDirt
96Causal Inference in Statistics: A PrimerJudea PearlBioteaching 14
97Cetacean Paleobiology (TOPA Topics in Paleobiology)Felix G. MarxBioteaching 12
98Chance in EvolutionGrant RamseyBioteaching
99Chordate Origins and Evolution: The Molecular Evolutionary Road to VertebratesNoriyuki SatohBioteaching 5
100Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of ExtinctionMary Ellen HannibalGoodreads
101Closer: Notes from the Orgasmic Frontier of Female SexualitySarah BarmakThe Globe & Mail
102Code Warriors: NSA’s Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet UnionStephen BudianskyThe Washington Post
103Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the CosmosLoren EiseleyStevereads
104Coloring the Universe: An Insider’s Look at Making Spectacular Images of SpaceTravis A. Rector, Kimberly Kowal Arcand and Megan WatzkeCosmos Magazine
105CopernicusOwen GingerichSymmetry
106Costly and Cute: Helpless Infants and Human Evolution (School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar Series)Wenda R. TrevathanBioteaching 2
107Coyote AmericaDan FloresStevereads
108Dangerous Years: Climate Change, the Long Emergency, and the Way ForwardDavid W. OrrBioteaching 11
109Darwin’s Man in Brazil: The Evolving Science of Fritz MüllerDavid A. WestBioteaching 13
110Darwinism as Religion: What Literature Tells Us about EvolutionMichael RuseBioteaching 13
111Data-Centric Biology: A Philosophical StudySabina LeonelliBioteaching 14
112Defensive (anti-herbivory) Coloration in Land PlantsSimcha Lev-YadunBioteaching 10
113Dinosaurs – The Grand Tour: Everything Worth Knowing About Dinosaurs from Aardonyx to ZuniceratopsKeiron PimBioteaching 12
114Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural HistoryDavid E. FastovskyBioteaching 12
115Dinosaurs: How They Lived and EvolvedDarren NaishBioteaching 12
116Diving Beetles of the World: Systematics and Biology of the DytiscidaeKelly B. MillerBioteaching 1
117Dynamic Paleontology: Using Quantification and Other Tools to Decipher the History of Life (Springer Geology)Mark A.S. McMenaminBioteaching 12
118Early Evolutionary History of the Synapsida (Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology)Christian F. KammererBioteaching 12
119Earth’s Deep History: How It Was Discovered and Why It MattersMartin J. S. RudwickBioteaching 13
120Eco-evolutionary DynamicsAndrew P. HendryBioteaching
121Ecology in ActionFred D. SingerBioteaching 8
122Ecology of Urban EnvironmentsKirsten M. ParrisBioteaching 8
123Einstein’s Greatest Mistake: The life of a flawed geniusDavid BodanisABC
124Endeavouring Banks: Exploring Collections from the Endeavour Voyage 1768-1771Neil ChambersBioteaching 13
125Environmentalism of the RichDirt
126Essays in the Philosophy of ChemistryEric ScerriBioteaching 14
127Essentials of Geology (Fifth Edition)Stephen MarshakBioteaching 7
128Eternal Ephemera: Adaptation and the Origin of Species from the Nineteenth Century Through Punctuated Equilibria and BeyondNiles EldredgeBioteaching
129Evolution (Second Edition)Carl T. BergstromBioteaching
130Evolution and Transitions in Complexity: The Science of Hierarchical Organization in NatureGerard A.J.M Jagers op AkkerhuisBioteaching 14
131Evolution Made to Order: Plant Breeding and Technological Innovation in Twentieth-Century AmericaHelen Anne CurryBioteaching 10
132Evolution of Gibbons and Siamang: Phylogeny, Morphology, and Cognition (Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects)Ulrich H. ReichardBioteaching 2
133Evolutionary Biology: Convergent Evolution, Evolution of Complex Traits, Concepts and MethodsPierre PontarottiBioteaching
134Evolutionary Theory: A Hierarchical PerspectiveNiles EldredgeBioteaching
135Evolutionary Transitions to Multicellular Life: Principles and mechanisms (Advances in Marine Genomics)Inaki Ruiz TrilloBioteaching
136Experimental Approaches to Understanding Fossil Organisms: Lessons from the Living (Topics in Geobiology)Daniel I. HembreeBioteaching 12
137Explanation in Biology: An Enquiry into the Diversity of Explanatory Patterns in the Life Sciences (History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences)Pierre-Alain BraillardBioteaching 14
138Extracellular Composite Matrices in ArthropodsEphraim CohenBioteaching 1
139FELT TIMEBrain Pickings
140Field Guide to the Wildflowers of the Western MediterraneanChris ThorogoodBioteaching 10
141Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A MemoirGuardian
142Floral MimicrySteven D. JohnsonBioteaching 10
143Flower Development: Methods and Protocols (Methods in Molecular Biology)José Luis RiechmannBioteaching 10
144Freezing of Lakes and the Evolution of their Ice Cover (Springer Earth System Sciences)Matti LeppärantaBioteaching 7
145From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary LivesSmithsonian Mag 2
146Garden Flora: The Natural and Cultural History of the Plants In Your GardenNoel KingsburyBioteaching 10
147Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental ChangeDirt
148Gender Medicine: The Groundbreaking New Science of Gender- and Sex-Based Diagnosis and TreatmentMarek GlezermanLibrary Journal
149George Lucas: A LifeBrian Jay JonesCult of Mac
150Giant Sloths and Sabertooth Cats: Archaeology of the Ice Age Great BasinDonald GraysonBioteaching 12
151Governing Behavior: How Nerve Cell Dictatorships and Democracies Control Everything We DoAri BerkowitzBioteaching 6
152Grit: The Power of Passion and PerseveranceSmithsonian Mag 2
153Helping Children Succeed: What Works and WhyPaul ToughGreater Good
154HistoriumRichard Wilkins and Jo NelsonCosmos Magazine
155Homo Deus: A Brief History of TomorrowThe Guardian 2
156House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and the Story of Life on EarthRichard ConniffBioteaching 13
157How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet InternetBenjamin PetersNsture
158How Science Works: Evolution: The Nature of Science & The Science of NatureJohn EllisBioteaching
159Howler Monkeys: Adaptive Radiation, Systematics, and Morphology (Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects)Martín M. KowalewskiBioteaching 2
160Human Anatomy (8th Edition)Elaine N. MariebBioteaching 2
161Human Ecology: How Nature and Culture Shape Our WorldFrederick R. SteinerBioteaching 2
162Human Evolution: Our Brains and BehaviorRobin DunbarBioteaching 2
163Humans: An Unauthorized BiographyClaudio TunizBioteaching 2
164Huxley’s Church and Maxwell’s Demon: From Theistic Science to Naturalistic ScienceMatthew StanleyBioteaching 13
165Ice BearMichael EngelhardStevereads
166Ichnoentomology: Insect Traces in Soils and Paleosols (Topics in Geobiology)Jorge Fernando GeniseBioteaching 1
167Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up ToDean BurnettGoodreads
168In-Between Days: A Memoir About Living with CancerTeva HarrisonThe Globe & Mail
169INCARNATIONS: India in 50 LivesSunil KhilnaniGeographical
170Infochemicals: Invisible bonds binding creatures great and smallYuvaraj RanganathanBioteaching 8
171Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New TechnologiesCalestous JumaTechnology Review
172Insect Ecology, Fourth Edition: An Ecosystem ApproachTimothy D. SchowalterBioteaching 1
173Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the HeartJames R. DotyGoodreads
174Invasion Genetics: The Baker and Stebbins LegacySpencer C.H. BarrettBioteaching 13
175Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape BehaviorJonah BergerGreater Good
176James Sowerby: The Enlightenment’s Natural HistorianPaul HendersonBioteaching 13
177Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness WithinChade-Meng TanGreater Good
178Knowing Your Place: Wildlife in Shingle StreetGuardian
179Landforms of High Mountains (Springer Geography)Alexander StahrBioteaching 7
180LandmarksRobert MacfarlaneNPR
181Life in the Dark: Illuminating Biodiversity in the Shadowy Haunts of Planet EarthDanté FenolioBioteaching 6
182Limits of Science?John BeerbowerBioteaching 14
183LINES IN THE ICE: Exploring the Roof of the WorldPhilip HatfieldGeographical
184LIONS IN THE BALANCE: Man-Eaters, Manes, and Men with GunsCraig PackerGeographical
185Lives and Times of Great Pioneers in Chemistry: From Lavoisier to SangerC N R RaoBioteaching 13
186Loren Elseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature & the CosmosLibrary of AmericaThe Seminary Co-op
187Macroevolution: Explanation, Interpretation and Evidence (Interdisciplinary Evolution Research)Emanuele SerrelliBioteaching
188Man’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 resultsAlexandra HorowitzStevereads
189Map Stories: The Art of DiscoveryFrancisca MattéoliCosmos Magazine
190Mesozoic Biotas of Scandinavia and Its Arctic Territories (Geological Society Special Publications)B. P. KearBioteaching 12
191Messages from Islands: A Global Biodiversity TourIlkka HanskiBioteaching 8
192Mites: Ecology, Evolution & Behaviour: Life at a MicroscaleDavid Evans WalterBioteaching 1
193Monkeytalk: Inside the Worlds and Minds of PrimatesJulia FischerBioteaching 2
194Moths, Myths, and Mosquitoes: The Eccentric Life of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr.Marc EpsteinBioteaching 13
195Moving Heaven and Earth: Capability Brown’s Gift of LandscapeDirt
196Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Stone Age Weaponry (Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology)Radu IovitaBioteaching 2
197Myxozoan Evolution, Ecology and DevelopmentBeth OkamuraBioteaching 3
198Nature and Cities: The Ecological Imperative in Urban Planning and DesignDirt
199Nature’s Pharmacopeia: A World of Medicinal PlantsDan ChoffnesBioteaching 10
200No Way But GentlenesseGuardian
201On the Origin of Autonomy: A New Look at the Major Transitions in Evolution (History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences)Bernd RosslenbroichBioteaching
202Origins: The Search for Our Prehistoric PastFrank H. T. RhodesBioteaching 12
203Orison for a CurlewGuardian
204Overview: A New Perspective of EarthBenjamin GrantSmithsonian Mag
205PaleoecologyJeffery ClarkeBioteaching 12
206Paleoecology: Past, Present and FutureDavid J. BottjerBioteaching 12
207Paleomicrobiology of HumansMichel DrancourtBioteaching 12
208Patterns in Nature: Why the Natural World Looks the Way it DoesPhilip BallSmithsonian Mag
209Peak: Secrets from the New Science of ExpertiseAnders Erikson and Robert PoolForbes
210Philosophy of Chemistry: Growth of a New Discipline (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science)Eric ScerriBioteaching 14
211Philosophy of NaturePaul K. FeyerabendBioteaching 14
212Phylogenies in Ecology: A Guide to Concepts and MethodsMarc W. CadotteBioteaching 4
213PINPOINT: How GPS is Changing Our WorldGreg MilnerGeographical
214Plant Ecology and Evolution in Harsh Environments (Environmental Research Advances)Nishanta RajakarunaBioteaching 10
215Plant Ecology in the Middle EastAhmad HegazyBioteaching 8
216Plant Evolution: An Introduction to the History of LifeKarl J. NiklasBioteaching 10
217Plant Functional Diversity: Organism traits, community structure, and ecosystem propertiesEric GarnierBioteaching 10
218Plant: Exploring the Botanical WorldPhaidon EditorsSmithsonian Mag
219Plants on Plants – The Biology of Vascular Epiphytes (Fascinating Life Sciences)Gerhard ZotzBioteaching 10
220Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of GamesIan BogostForbes
221Pollination PowerHeather AngelBioteaching 10
222Primate Behavioral EcologyKaren B. StrierBioteaching 2
223Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved (Princeton Science Library)Frans de WaalBioteaching 2
224Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic AdventureDr Dominic Walliman and Ben NewmanCosmos Magazine
225Quantitative Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Integrating models with data (Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution)Otso OvaskainenBioteaching 8
226Reading Darwin in Arabic, 1860-1950Marwa ElshakryBioteaching 13
227Reconceptualizing the Nature of Science for Science Education: Scientific Knowledge, Practices and Other Family Categories (Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education)Sibel ErduranBioteaching 14
228Reduction and Emergence in Science and Philosophy (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy)Carl GillettBioteaching 14
229Reductionism, Emergence and Levels of Reality: The Importance of Being BorderlineSergio ChibbaroBioteaching 14
230Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive GrowthEdited by Mariana Mazzucato and Michael JacobsTechnology Review
231Rethinking Order: After the Laws of NatureNancy CartwrightBioteaching 14
232Reticulate Evolution: Symbiogenesis, Lateral Gene Transfer, Hybridization and Infectious Heredity (Interdisciplinary Evolution Research)Nathalie GontierBioteaching
233Retrograde Evolution During Major Extinction Crises (SpringerBriefs in Evolutionary Biology)Jean GuexBioteaching
234Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic HistoryThomas RidTechnology Review
235Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian ModernistDirt
236Romantic Biology, 1890-1945 (History and Philosophy of Biology)Maurizio EspositoBioteaching 13
237Science among the Ottomans: The Cultural Creation and Exchange of KnowledgeMiri Shefer-MossensohnBioteaching 13
238Seeds: A Natural HistoryCarolyn FryBioteaching 10
239Serendipity: An Ecologist’s Quest to Understand NatureJames ANsture
240Seven SkeletonsLydia PyneScience News
241Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the DeepMarah J. HardtAmazon
242Shallow SeasGuardian
243Show Me the Bone: Reconstructing Prehistoric Monsters in Nineteenth-Century Britain and AmericaGowan DawsonBioteaching 13
244Silent SparksSara LewisScience News
245Site, Sight, Insight: Essays on Landscape ArchitectureDirt
246Slick WaterAndrew NikiforukScience News
247Slugs and SnailsGuardian
248Snowball in a Blizzard: A Physician’s Notes on Uncertainty in MedicineSteven HatchLibrary Journal
249Sociality: The Behaviour of Group-Living AnimalsAshley WardBioteaching 6
250Sous Vide At Home: The Modern Technique For Perfectly Cooked MealsLisa Q. FettermanNPR
251Species and Speciation in the Fossil RecordWarren D. AllmonBioteaching 12
252SpringMelissa HarrisonGuardian
253Story of Life: Evolution IllustratedKatie ScottCosmos Magazine
254Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American RightArlie HochschildGreater Good
255Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of MeritocracyRobert FrankGreater Good
256SummerMelissa HarrisonGuardian
257Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional AwakeningJohn Elder RobisonThe Washington Post
258System: The Shaping of Modern Knowledge (Infrastructures)Clifford SiskinBioteaching 14
259Take Pride: Why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human SuccessJessica TracyGreater Good
260Tense Bees and Shell-Shocked Crabs: Are Animals Conscious?Michael TyeBioteaching 6
261Testing Modern Biostratigraphical Methods: Application to the Ammonoid Zonation across the Devonian-Carboniferous Boundary (BestMasters)Carina KleinBioteaching 7
262The ABCs Of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work, And When To Use ThemDaniel L. Schwartz, Jessica M. Tsang, Kristen P. BlairNPR
263The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big DataKevin Mitnick with Robert VamosiTechnology Review
264The Art of Science: From Perspective Drawing to Quantum RandomnessRossella LupacchiniBioteaching 14
265The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and MotherhoodBelle BoggsThe Globe & Mail
266The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our HeadsTim WuThe Globe & Mail
267The Big Cat Man: An AutobiographyJonathan ScottGuardian
268The Biology of Deserts (Biology of Habitats Series)David WardBioteaching 8
269The Book of FrogsTim HallidayStevereads
270The Botanical Treasury: Celebrating 40 of the World’s Most Fascinating Plants through Historical Art and ManuscriptsChristopher MillsBioteaching 10
271The Cabaret of Plants: Forty Thousand Years of Plant Life and the Human ImaginationRichard MabeyBioteaching 10
272The Calculus of Selfishness: (Princeton Series in Theoretical and Computational Biology)Karl SigmundBioteaching
273The Caped CrusadeGlen WeldonPopular Mechanics
274The Cnidaria, Past, Present and Future: The world of Medusa and her sistersAndreas Schmidt-RhaesaBioteaching 3
275The Construction of Human KindsRon MallonBioteaching 2
276The Cosmic Web: Mysterious Architecture of the UniverseJ. Richard GottSymmetry
277The Cyber EffectMary AikenNsture
278The Demons of Science: What They Can and Cannot Tell Us About Our WorldFriedel WeinertBioteaching 14
279The Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World’s Most Coveted FishEmily VoigtLibrary Journal
280The Edge of Objectivity: An Essay in the History of Scientific Ideas (Princeton Science Library)Charles Coulston GillispieBioteaching 14
281THE EGYPTIANS: A Radical StoryJack ShenkerGeographical
282The Ethical CarnivoreGuardian
283The Ethics of Invention: Technology and the Human FutureSheila JasanoffTechnology Review
284The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of EuropeJoseph ENsture
285The Evolution of the EyeGeorg GlaeserBioteaching 6
286The Evolution of the Primate Hand: Anatomical, Developmental, Functional, and Paleontological Evidence (Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects)Tracy L. KivellBioteaching 2
287The Experimental Self: Humphry Davy and the Making of a Man of Science (Synthesis)Jan GolinskiBioteaching 13
288The Fungi, Third EditionSarah C. WatkinsonBioteaching 10
289The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and ChildrenAlison GopnikGreater Good
290The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free WorldTara ZahraNsture
291The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your SuccessEmma SeppäläGreater Good
292THE HISTORY OF CENTRAL ASIA: The Age of Islam and the MongolsChristoph BaumerGeographical
293The Holobiont Imperative: Perspectives from Early Emerging AnimalsThomas C. G. BoschBioteaching
294The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National ParksTerry Tempest WilliamsThe Washington Post
295The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human HistoryBrian FaganBioteaching 2
296The Invention of NatureAndrea WulfScience News
297The Jazz Of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music And The Structure Of The UniverseStephon AlexanderNPR
298THE LADY AND THE GENERALS: Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s Struggle for FreedomPeter PophamGeographical
299The Laws of Scientific ChangeHakob BarseghyanBioteaching 14
300The Life Organic: The Theoretical Biology Club and the Roots of EpigeneticsErik L. PetersonBioteaching 13
301The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the WorldAbigail TuckerLibrary Journal
302The Logical Foundations of Scientific Theories: Languages, Structures, and Models (Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Mathematics and Physics)Decio KrauseBioteaching 14
303The Long, Long Life of TreesDirt
304The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us CrazyMichael E. MannBioteaching 11
305THE MAKING OF INDIA: The Untold Story of British EnterpriseKartar LalvaniGeographical
306THE MAKING OF THE BRITISH LANDSCAPE: From Ice Age to the PresentNicholas CraneGeographical
307THE MAPMAKERS’ WORLD: A Cultural History of the European World MapMarjo T NurminenGeographical
308The Missing Lemur Link: An Ancestral Step in the Evolution of Human Behaviour (Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology)Dr Ivan NorsciaBioteaching 2
309The Most Perfect ThingGuardian
310The Most Wanted Man in China: My Journey from Scientist to Enemy of the StateFang LizhiNsture
311The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific IdeaRobert Wald SussmanBioteaching 2
312The Narrow EdgeDeborah CramerScience News
313The Nature of AutumnGuardian
314The Nature of Culture: Based on an Interdisciplinary Symposium ‘The Nature of Culture’, Tübingen, Germany (Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology)Miriam N. HaidleBioteaching 2
315The Nature of Scientific Knowledge: An Explanatory Approach (Springer Undergraduate Texts in Philosophy)Kevin McCainBioteaching 14
316The Origin and Nature of Life on Earth: The Emergence of the Fourth GeosphereEric SmithBioteaching 9
317The Origins of Fairness: How Evolution Explains Our Moral Nature (Foundations of Human Interaction)Nicolas BaumardBioteaching 2
318The OutrunGuardian
319THE POLAR BEARBrain Pickings
320The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic AgeBettina Hoerlein and Gino SegréSymmetry
321The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose InfluenceDacher KeltnerGreater Good
322The Princeton Field Guide to Prehistoric Mammals (Princeton Field Guides)Donald R. ProtheroBioteaching 12
323The Rasputin Effect: When Commensals and Symbionts Become Parasitic (Advances in Environmental Microbiology)Christon J. HurstBioteaching
324The Restless Clock: A History of the Centuries-Long Argument over What Makes Living Things TickJessica RiskinBioteaching 13
325The Sauropod Dinosaurs: Life in the Age of GiantsMark HallettBioteaching 12
326The Science of Human Evolution: Getting it RightJohn H. LangdonBioteaching 2
327The Secret Art of AlchemyRobert M. BlackBioteaching 13
328The Secret Lives of ColourKassia St ClairSmithsonian Mag
329The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It MattersSean BNsture
330The Shock of the Anthropocene: The EarthChristophe Bonneuil and Jean-Baptiste FressozNsture
331The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology: A MemoirThomas DolbyAmazon
332The Theory of Ecological Communities (MPB-57) (Monographs in Population Biology)Mark VellendBioteaching 8
333The TreeJohn FowlesGuardian
334The Tree of Knowledge: The Bright and the Dark Sides of ScienceClaudio RonchiBioteaching 14
335The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the WorldBrad StoneTechnology Review
336The Wild RobotPeter BrownABC
337Theory-Based Ecology: A Darwinian approachLiz PasztorBioteaching 8
338Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple WordsRandall MunroeGoodreads
339This Is Your Brain on Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape SocietyKathleen McAuliffeAmazon
340THROWING ROCKS AT THE GOOGLE BUS: How Growth Became the Enemy of ProsperityDouglas RushkoffGeographical
341Tide: The Science and Lore of the Greatest Force on EarthHugh Aldersey-WilliamsThe Guardian 2
342Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed With TimeThe Guardian 2
343To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment HistoryLawrence LevyCult of Mac
344Toward an Urban Ecology: SCAPE / Landscape ArchitectureDirt
345Tracking Gobi GrizzliesDouglas ChadwickStevereads
346Truly, Madly, DeeplyAli Bin ThalithCosmos Magazine
347Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban WildernessNathanael JohnsonGoodreads
348Urban Forests: A Natural History Of Trees And People In The American CityscapeJill JonnesNPR
349Venomous: How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered BiochemistryChristie WilcoxAmazon
350Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane JacobsDirt
351Water Infrastructure: Equitable Deployment of Resilient SystemsDirt
352What Makes a Good Experiment?: Reasons and Roles in ScienceAllan FranklinBioteaching 14
353What the FBenjamin K. BergenScience News
354White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in AmericaNancy IsenbergNsture
355Who Cares About Particle Physics? Making Sense of the Higgs Boson, the Large Hadron Collider and CERNPauline GagnonSymmetry
356Wild by DesignDirt
357Wild Encounters: Iconic Photographs of the World’s Vanishing Animals and CulturesDavid YarrowSmithsonian Mag
358WildlingRachel LockwoodGuardian
359WinterMelissa HarrisonGuardian
360Women in ScienceRachel IgnotofskyABC
361WOMEN IN SCIENCEBrain Pickings
362Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern WorldSmithsonian Mag 2
363Zero KDon DeLilloPopular Mechanics

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ABC Top five science books of 2016
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Science Blogs best science books 2016
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The Guardian The best nature books of 2016
The Guardian 2 Robin McKie’s best science books of 2016
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