By Margaret Harris
’Tis the season of “Top 10” lists here at physicsworld.com, and to kick off our commemorations of the year in physics, my colleagues James Dacey, Matin Durrani and I have recorded a special podcast on our choices for the 10 best popular-physics books of 2011. You can listen to the podcast here or by subscribing to our podcast service.
You’ll find a list of all 10 featured books below, along with links to their reviews on physicsworld.com. However, to find out which of them gets our vote for the 2011 Book of the Year – and why we thought all of them were worth including in the top 10 – you’ll have to listen to the podcast.
If your favourite didn’t make the shortlist, keep in mind that there were many other good physics books published this year – including several that featured in our previous podcast – and also some promising ones that we haven’t had a chance to review yet. Look out for them in 2012!
2011 Books of the Year – alphabetical by author
Engineering Animals Mark Denny and Alan McFadzean
Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science Lawrence Krauss
Rising Force: the Magic of Magnetic Levitation James Livingston
Modernist Cuisine Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young and Maxime Bilet
Hindsight and Popular Astronomy Alan Whiting