"Uncharted," by Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel
Illustration for Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture, by Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel and reviewed by John Wilwol. The book uses Google's Ngram Viewer (which scours Google Books for a given search term and creates a graph of the frequency of its use over a period of time) to make conclusions and measure human culture. Pretty interesting stuff. Read the review here.
(P.S. Do not confuse this book for the video game of the same name.)
(P.P.S. It's the last book review of the year! Do I get a cookie?)