Earlier in the year, in an effort to better organize my science reading, I drew up a list of categories to guide me along. I kept a Word file on my computer and fill it out as the months progressed, almost like a scavenger hunt. The system worked in prompting me to look for books outside my usual areas, and I will use it again in 2018.
Cosmology and Astrophysics
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
Space Probes: From Sputnik to New Horizons, Phillipe Seguela. A largely-graphic history of various probe missions.
The Dragon Seekers: How an Extraordinary Circle of Fossillists Discovered the Dinosaurs, Christopher McGowan
Weather and Climate
Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History Erik Larsen.
Chemistry and Physics
The Disappearing Spoon, Sam Kean
Flora and Fauna
Land of the Tiger: A Natural History of the Indian Subcontinent, Valmik Thapar
I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong
Cro Magnons: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans, Brian Fagan (well, almost. Halfway through it. )
Neurology and Psychology
The Future of the Mind, Michio Kaku
Science and Society
Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate, Vaclav Smil
Ask a Science Teacher, Larry Scheckel
The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of Science’s Beautiful Basics, Natalie Angier