Big-name male science writers have long dominated the bestseller lists of the New York Times and other large and well-known book review sources. With this award, my intention is to highlight and promote excellent and overlooked science writing by authors who may be minorities in the STEM fields.
I’ve started the annual Read More Science “Book of the Year” as a way to acknowledge a new release in popular science that appeals to general readers by an author who deserves more recognition. The book will be featured in the last newsletter of the year (just in time for the holidays) and displayed on the home page of readmorescience.com along with a short summary of why it was chosen. Although there will not be a “prize”, I will be promoting the book through social media and hope to provide a sticker of some kind as the award evolves.
Without further ado, it is my pleasure to share the books that are under consideration:
Nominees for the 2018 Read More Science “Book of the Year”
If 2018 could be described by a single phrase, it might be “overlooked no more”. This year gave us several wonderful histories of women who made significant contributions to the STEM fields but haven’t received proper recognition for their work. This year’s books also addressed biases both gender and racial in the fields of technology, artificial intelligence, sex robots, medicine, and the history of science itself. These books challenged conventional thought, delighted and outraged readers, and inspired varying degrees of controversy. These books are each truly a testament to the state of our world in 2018. I wish I could have featured more, because there were many books deserving of recognition!
Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong by Angela Saini
Turned On: Science, Sex, and Robots by Kate Devlin
Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms by Hannah Fry
Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray by Sabine Hossenfelder
Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evans
Close Encounters With Humankind: A Paleoanthropologist Investigates our Evolving Species by Sang-Hee Lee
There you have it — this year’s nominees. I will be announcing the winning title this week, and those signed up for the Read More Science newsletter will be the first to receive the announcement. Get signed up and you’ll be automatically entered to win exciting titles like these every month!