Science Book a Day 20 Most Popular Books of 2016

Science Book a Day 20 Most Popular Books of 2016

Regretfully I returned to work today after a couple of weeks away. With all the fun of the celebrations to see out 2016 completed, I thought it would good to reflect on the year gone past and see which books were most popular on Science Book a Day last year!

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  1. The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet
  2. How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain
  3. Systema Naturae
  4. Meet Your Happy Chemicals: Dopamine, Endorphin, Oxytocin, Serotonin
  5. The Human Genome: Book of Essential Knowledge (Curiosity Guides)
  6. Fahrenheit 451
  7. The Man Who Fed the World: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug and His Battle to End World Hunger
  8. The Selfish Gene
  9. The Chimp and the River: How AIDS Emerged from an African Forest
  10. Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA
  11. Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era
  12. The Value of Believing in Yourself: The Story of Louis Pasteur
  13. Gray’s Anatomy
  14. Feeding the Ten Billion, Plants and Population Growth
  15. What Is the World Made Of? All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases
  16. Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin, & Endorphin Levels
  17. Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II
  18. Next: A Novel
  19. Art Forms in Nature: The Prints of Ernst Haeckel
  20. What Is Life? How Chemistry Becomes Biology

If you’re new to the blog, it began its mission on the 1st of June, 2013. From that starting point I’ve managed to feature a different popular science book each day (hence the name) which means as of today I’ve featured 1322 books! We passed by the big 1000 book mark on the 25th of February last year and celebrated with some fun and merriment at my favourite bookshop – Embiggen Books, in Melbourne. Our next big target is 2000 books which is slated for the 22nd of November 2018.

Of course, the year has flown by with many books being featured that have provided many highlights about science, society, fiction and policy.

The most popular books on SBAD last year was The Story of Earth which took the mantle from No.2, How Dogs Love Us which had been the most popular book for the previous 2 years.

Old books seemed to feature on the list with System Naturae at No.3, the beautifully drawn books Gray’s Anatomy at No. 13 and Art Forms in Nature at No. 19.

Fiction didn’t feature as prominently in 2016 as it had in previous years represented by the classic Fahrenheit 451 and Next by Michael Crichton.

One of our most popular list of books has been 10 Great Books about Agriculture which has ensured the inclusion of books like The Man who Fed the World and Feeding the Ten Billion, Plants and Population Growth.

Biographies, brains and society could be what features other titles in the book.

Make sure you check them out! 🙂


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