Science Book a Day 20 Most Popular Books of 2014

Alright, it’s 2015 and I thought it would be a good time to highlight the most viewed books of 2014. I started this blog on June 1, 2013, so it’s been great to get a full year done this time. So far, I’ve featured 579 books, ranging in topic, audience and the year when they were published.

How Dogs Love UsMeet your happy chemicalsOurFinalInventiondisease-proofLinnaeusMicro-monsterssquid-vibrio-moonfahrenheit451what-is-the-world-made-ofe=mc21001 Inventions that changed the worldDataVisualizationHiggs Discoverysmartest-kids-in-the-worldDKUniverseselfishgeneconfessions-of-a-sociopathinfinitesimalcollapse-of-western-civilizationRelativity

  1. How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain
  2. Meet Your Happy Chemicals: Dopamine, Endorphin, Oxytocin, Serotonin
  3. Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era
  4. Disease-Proof: The Remarkable Truth About What Makes Us Well
  5. Systema Naturae
  6. Micro Monsters : Creatures That Live on Your Skin, in Your Hair, and in Your Home!
  7. The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon
  8. Fahrenheit 451
  9. What Is the World Made Of? All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases
  10. E=MC2: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation
  11. 1001 Inventions that Changed the World
  12. Data Visualization: A Successful Design Process
  13. Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space
  14. The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way
  15. Universe: The Definitive Visual Guide
  16. The Selfish Gene
  17. Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight
  18. Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World
  19. The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future
  20. Relativity: The Special and General Theory

I wasn’t sure what to expect this year. Would the board be wiped and the top 20 be filled with new titles? Well no, you can check out the 2013 list and you will see that nearly half of the titles that were popular (most viewed) last year were popular this year. But as we’ve covered another 365 books since then the range of titles has broadened to include some classics of science such as Richard Dawkin’s The Selfish Gene, Einstein’s Relativity: The Special and the General Theory and Linneas’ Systema Naturae. Some great new titles have made their mark such as David Katz’s Disease-Proof: The Remarkable Truth about What Makes Us Well, a fabulous Australian title from Wild, Reed and Crocetti The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon, M E Thomas’ Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight, Amir Alexander’s Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World, and the fascinating reflection on the modern world from the future by Oreskes and Conway The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future.

Of course, the winner again this year is How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain which continues to receive great attention from the media, dog enthusiasts and anyone interested in how the brain can give us insight into the minds of four- and two-legged individuals. They also got a good number of hits by being featured on Cesar Milan’s website as well 🙂

Make sure you check out the above titles and let me know which books YOU think should have made the cut.


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