Well written, novel and scientifically interesting for physicists – these are the criteria we use to select the Physics World Book of the Year. In this podcast, you’ll hear us talk about four of the books on our 10-strong shortlist and announce our pick for the year’s best popular-physics book.
We love talking about great physics books. In fact, we could go on about them for hours. The sparkling writing and deft analogies. The precise explanations that draw out the essence of complex concepts. The humorous anecdotes that make the research process come alive. We love it all, and as usual at this time of year, we’re sharing our thoughts on a few of the year’s best popular-physics books in a special edition of the Physics World podcast.
As with last year’s Book of the Year announcement, we teamed up with local science communicator Andrew Glester to record the 2016 edition in his garden shed, where he can often be found musing about “science fiction, science fact and everything in-between” for his podcast the Cosmic Shed. It was a trifle chilly in the shed this year, but thanks to hot drinks and some lively conversation, the time flew by as Glester quizzed Physics World’s current reviews editor, Tushna Commissariat, and her predecessor Margaret Harris about their favourite books of the year.
The decision about which of these books should be Physics World’s 2016 Book of the Year was an unusually tough one, for reasons you’ll hear about in the podcast. We congratulate all of the shortlisted authors on their fantastic books, and we hope that everyone will find something to appreciate on this list.