The Best Science Books Of 2013
Do you have a favorite science-themed book from this past year? We’re making our list, and checking it twice, when Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Deborah Blum and Brainpickings.org editor Maria Popova join Ira Flatow to share their top science, technology, and environmental books of 2013.
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, by Sheri Fink
On Looking: Eleven Walks With Expert Eyes, by Alexandra Horowitz
The Sixteenth Rail: The Evidence, the Scientist, and the Lindbergh Kidnapping, by Adam Schrager
Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from The Edge of Science, by Dorion Sagan (Carl Sagan’s son)
Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car and Food on Your Plate, by Rose George
Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America, by Jon Mooallem
Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am? by Gemma Elwin Harris
Smarter Than You Think, by Clive Thompson
The Inheritor’s Powder: A Tale of Arsenic, Murder, and the New Forensic Science, by Sandra Hempel
Einstein and The Quantum: The Quest of the Valian Swabian, by A. Douglas Stone
Deborah Blum is the director of the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She’s the author of The Poisoner’s Handbook (Penguin, 2010) and The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (Penguin Press, 2018).
Maria Popova is the editor and founder of BrainPickings.org and a MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. She is based in Brooklyn, New York.
Annie Minoff is a producer for The Journal from Gimlet Media and the Wall Street Journal, and a former co-host and producer of Undiscovered. She also plays the banjo.