Books about biophysics, the BP oil spill and some funky quantum hippies all made it onto Physics World‘s shortlist for the 2012 Book of the Year. But which of the 10 outstanding candidates has snagged the top honours?
In this podcast, you will hear James Dacey quizzing Physics World‘s editor, Matin Durrani, and reviews editor, Margaret Harris, about a few of their favourite shortlisted books. What makes these books stand out? How well do they meet our criteria of being well written, novel and scientifically interesting? And above all, why should physicists want to read them?
We hope you enjoy hearing about these books as much as we enjoyed reading them. Be sure to listen all the way to the end of the podcast, which features a guest appearance by the winning author as well as a discussion about why their book deserved the award.
2012 Books of the Year Shortlist (alphabetical by author)
The Science Magpie: A Hoard of Fascinating Facts Simon Flynn
Erwin Schrödinger and the Quantum Revolution John Gribbin
The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters Mark Henderson
Life’s Ratchet: How Molecular Machines Extract Order from Chaos Peter M Hoffmann
How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog Chad Orzel