Science Books Get Short Shrift

A fellow science writer has called my attention to The New York Times Book Review list of the 100 Notable Books of 2007. Conspicuously absent from the list are any science books. Even medicine only rated a couple of titles. Apparently the reviewers who compile the list prefer history, politics and poetry to even a smidgen of science.

Fortunately, some reviewers do share our love of science. For example, check out the The Royal Society Prizes for Science Books 2007, announced earlier this year. Amazon has also published its Top 10 Editors' Picks in science for the year. The Invisible Cure, Helen Epstein's book on AIDS, made both the Amazon and the Times lists but probably belongs in Amazon's Health, Mind and Body category rather than Science.

We'd love to hear your picks for the best science books of the year.—Dawn Stover

Image: The Royal Society