Best Science Books of 2004 — Updated

I mentioned in an earlier post that ScienceFriday on NPR this week had a list of the best science books of 2004. Well, here are the books:

Robert Oppenheimer: And the American Century,” David Cassidy.
(Pi Press, 2004)

Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life,"
Steven Johnson, (Scribner, 2004)

Map That Changed the World : William Smith and the Birth of Modern
Geology" by Simon Winchester. Perennial, 2002.

and More: A Compact History of Infinity" (Great Discoveries)
by David Foster Wallace. W.W. Norton & Company, 2003.

Midnight Disease : The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block, and the
Creative Brain" by Alice Weaver Flaherty. Houghton Mifflin,

Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson. Broadway,

To Clone The Perfect Blonde: Using Science To Make Your Wildest
Dreams Come True by Sue Nelson, Richard Hollingham Quirk Books,

Kelvin: A Tale of Genius, Invention, and Tragedy,” David Lindley,
(Joseph Henry Press, 2004)

Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution,’ Richard
Dawkins, (Houghton Mifflin, 2004)

Rush” Improving Life On Earth With The Moon’s Resources,” Dennis
Wingo, (Collectors Guide Publishing Inc, 2004, Apogee Books Space

: The Science of Champagne,” Gerard Liger-Belair,
(Princeton University Press, 2004)

Minds : How a Child Becomes a Scientist,” by John Brockman, (Editor),
(Pantheon, 2004)

Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist,”
Neil de Grasse Tyson, (Prometheus Books, 2004, paperback)

Back the Devil : On the Front Lines with the Disease Detectives
of the Epidemic Intelligence Service,” by Maryn McKenna, (Free
Press, 2004)

: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted
Inhabitants,” Robert Sullivan, (Bloomsbury USA, 2003)

Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie" by Barbara Goldsmith.
W. W. Norton & Company, 2004.

Flight" by David Anderson, Scott Eberhardt. McGraw-Hill Professional,

Einstein books: 

Invisible Century: Einstein, Freud, and the Search for Hidden
Universes,” Richard Panek, (Viking Books, 2004)

Cosmos: Einstein’s Cosmos: How Albert Einstein’s Vision Transformed
Our Understanding of Space and Time,” Michio Kaku, (WW Norton
and Company, Great Discoveries series, 2004)

Defiant: Genius Versus Genius in the Quantum Revolution,” Edmund
Blair Bolles, (Joseph Henry Press, 2004)

"Coffee Table” Books

from Space,” Andrew K. Johnston, (Firefly Books Ltd, 2004)

Mars,” Ken Croswell, (Free Press, 2003)

So, how many of these have I read? Well, the David Foster Wallace book on infinity, which was better than I expected; the Bryson “everything” book, which was good, but Bryson’s textual tics became wearying; and Steve Johnson’s “Mind Wide Open”, which was great, as I’ve come to expect from Steven.

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