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Visions of Infinity by Ian Stewart. A relatively nontechnical look at 11 famous problems of math. I found some chapters more interesting than others. Stewart is a very good popularizer of math, so if you like math, you will probably like this.
Cooler Smarter: Practical tips for low carbon living by the scientists at Union of Concerned Scientists, a great group. These folk make sense, concentrating on the changes you can make that have the biggest impact with the least effort.
Thinking, fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman. Kahneman, most famous for his work with the late Amos Tversky, is one of the leading psychologists of the times. Here, he posits that our brains have two systems: A fast one and a slow one. Neither is better, but they are good at different things. This is a brilliant book: Full of insight and very well written, as well.
On politics: A history of political thought from Herodotus to the present by Alan Ryan. What the subtitle says – a history of political thought.
Woodrow Wilson by John Cooper, Jr. A fairly admiring look at Wilson.
Lake Views: The world and the universe by Steven Weinberg. Essays by this leading physicist.
Algorithms Unlocked by Thomas Corman A gentle introduction to computer algorithms
Robert Oppenheimer: A life in the center by Ray Monk Oppenheimer was one of the most interesting people of the 20th century. In this biography Monk (a wonderful writer) attempts to cover both his physics and his many other interests.
Heechee Rendezvous by Fred Pohl. The third book in the Heechee series. This is a re-read for me