12/12/2014

The Best Science Books of 2014

26:00 minutes

We’re making our book list and checking it twice. Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Deborah Blum and io9.com editor Annalee Newitz join Ira Flatow to share their top science, technology, and environmental books of 2014. Have a favorite? Share it in the comments and add your pick to the list! Plus, check out our kids’ science book picks here.

The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis
By Arthur Allen

Dodging Extinction: Power, Food, Money, and the Future of Life on Earth
By Anthony D. Barnosky

On Immunity
By Eula Biss

Oxygen: A Four Billion Year History
By Donald E. Canfield

The Glass Cage
By Nicolas Carr

How Not to Be Wrong
By Jordan Ellenberg

Being Mortal
By Atul Gawande

The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures
By Christine Kenneally

Stuff Matters
By Mark Miodownik

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
By Randall Munroe

Me, Myself, and Why?
By Jennifer Ouelette

Maplecroft: The Borden Dispatches
By Cherie Priest

The Coming Swarm: DDOS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet
By Molly Sauter

This Changes Everything
By Naomi Klein

Dr. Mütter’s Marvels
By Cristin O. Aptowitz

The Martian
By Andy Weir

Segment Guests

Deborah Blum

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).

Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz is the tech culture editor for arstechnica.com  and founding editor of io9.com. She’s author of Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction (Doubleday, 2013). She’s based in San Francisco, California.

Meet the Producer

About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is a producer for Science Friday. She’s visited Olympic ski jumps and a nuclear reactor, all in the name of science.

  • Jeni

    Thank you, great list!

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