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A Walk Around the Block

Love, Sex, and Science

The Fragile Earth

by David Remnick, Henry Finder, Kaleo Griffith & Gabra Zackman et al. HarperAudio (October 06, 2020)

A New York Times New & Noteworthy Book

One of the Daily Beast?s 5 Essential Books to Read Before the Election

A collection of the New Yorker?s groundbreaking reporting from the front lines of climate change?including...


Every Life Is on Fire

by Jeremy England Basic Books (September 15, 2020)

A preeminent physicist unveils a field-defining theory of the origins and purpose of life

Why are we alive? Most things in the universe aren't. And everything that is alive traces back to things that, puzzlingly,...


How to Die in Space

by Paul M. Sutter Blackstone Publishing (September 01, 2020)

A brilliant and breathtakingly vivid tour of the universe, describing the physics of the dangerous, the deadly, and the scary in the cosmos

So you've fallen in love with space and now you want to see it for yourself,...


Physics

by Scientific American & David Marantz Blackstone Publishing (August 25, 2020)

Science fiction has imagined some pretty wild ideas about how the universe could work--from hidden extra dimensions in Interstellar to life as a mental projection in The Matrix. But these imaginings seem downright...


x + y

by Eugenia Cheng Basic Books (August 25, 2020)

A brilliant mathematician examines the complexity of gender and society and forges a path out of inequality.

Why are men in charge? After years in the male-dominated field of mathematics and in the female-dominated...


How It All Ends

by Scientific American & Alex Boyles Blackstone Publishing (August 18, 2020)

The Book of Revelation, the Maya, Nostradamus--humans have speculated about the end since, well, the beginning. In this book, we look at several "end of the world" scenarios--or at least, things that could make...


The Science of Diet & Exercise

by Scientific American & Suzie Althens Blackstone Publishing (August 18, 2020)

The Science of Diet & Exercise examines traditional weight loss advice and finds it wanting. Data shows that the kinds of foods you eat are as important as how much you eat, and studies of physically active...


The Science of Aging

by Scientific American & Coleen Marlo Blackstone Publishing (August 18, 2020)

An infant born in the US today will probably live more than twenty years longer than the average lifespan a century ago. While living well into the eighties and nineties is becoming more and more attainable,...


Synchronicity

by Paul Halpern Public Affairs (August 18, 2020)

From Aristotle's Physics to quantum teleportation, the scientific pursuit of instantaneous connections

For millennia, scientists have puzzled over a simple question: Does the universe have a speed limit? If not,...


The Mystery of Sleep

by Scientific American & Janet Metzger Blackstone Publishing (August 11, 2020)

The reason we need sleep has long mystified scientists, but it's crystal clear that we do need it. In fact, the more we learn about what happens while we snooze, the more we discover new benefits for multiple...


Ask the Experts: The Environment

by Scientific American & Graham Halstead Blackstone Publishing (August 04, 2020)

The fourth book in our Ask the Experts series, The Environment tackles questions about the world around us. In this book, our experts field queries on the weather, natural disasters, natural resources, climate...


The End of Gender

by Debra Soh Simon & Schuster Audio (August 04, 2020)

International sex researcher, neuroscientist, and columnist Debra Soh debunks popular gender myths in this research-based, scientific examination of the many facets of gender identity.

Is our gender something...


The End of Everything

by Katie Mack & Gabra Zackman Simon & Schuster Audio (August 04, 2020)

“[A] pleasure...I found it helpful--not reassuring, certainly, but mind-expanding--to be reminded of our place in a vast cosmos.” --James Gleick, The New York Times Book Review

“A thrilling tour of potential...


Horse Crazy

by Sarah Maslin Nir Simon & Schuster Audio (August 04, 2020)

ONE OF USA TODAY'S “20 SUMMER BOOKS YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS”

In the bestselling tradition of works by such authors as Susan Orlean and Mary Roach, a New York Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist explores...


A Lab of One's Own

Amazing Animals

by Scientific American & Erin Bennett Blackstone Publishing (July 28, 2020)

We humans tend to think that we are unique in our intelligence, social skill, and depth of emotion, but we think too much of ourselves. The animal kingdom teems with hidden stories of the weird and fascinating,...


Fathoms

by Rebecca Giggs & Shiromi Arserio Simon & Schuster Audio (July 28, 2020)

Finalist for the 2020 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction

A “delving, haunted, and poetic debut” (The New York Times Book Review) about the awe-inspiring lives of whales, revealing what they can teach us about ourselves,...


AI and Genius Machines

by Scientific American & Alex Boyles Blackstone Publishing (July 21, 2020)

In science fiction, artificial intelligence takes the shape of computers that can speak like people, think for themselves, and sometimes act against us. Reality of course is vastly different, though in many...


Music & the Brain

by Scientific American & Suzie Althens Blackstone Publishing (July 21, 2020)

Neuroscientists have shown that music recruits nearly every area of the brain, fostering connections across different regions. In this book, we examine the latest imaging studies and discuss the effects of music...


Shuttle, Houston

by Paul Dye Hachette Books (July 14, 2020)

From the longest-serving Flight Director in NASA's history, comes a revealing first-person account of the high-stakes work of Mission Control and the captivating story of the Space Shuttle program that has redefined...


The Sensitives

by Oliver Broudy & Holter Graham Simon & Schuster Audio (July 14, 2020)

A compelling exploration of the mysteries of environmental toxicity and the community of “sensitives”--people with powerful, puzzling symptoms resulting from exposure to chemicals, fragrances, and cell phone...


Disposable City

by Mario Alejandro Ariza & Ron Butler Bold Type Books (July 14, 2020)

A deeply reported personal investigation by a Miami journalist examines the present and future effects of climate change in the Magic City -- a watery harbinger for coastal cities worldwide.

Miami, Florida, is...


Seeking the Multiverse

by Scientific American & Alex Boyles Blackstone Publishing (June 30, 2020)

Instead of "what if the South won the Civil War?" cosmologists ask, "what if the constants that make up the fundamental building blocks of physics were different?" Physicists argue that any slight change to...


Apocalypse Never

by Michael Shellenberger & Stephen Graybill HarperAudio (June 30, 2020)

Now a National Bestseller! 

Climate change is real but it's not the end of the world. It is not even our most serious environmental problem.

Michael Shellenberger has been fighting for a greener planet for decades....


Sexing the Body

by Anne Fausto-Sterling & Carol Monda Basic Books (June 30, 2020)

Now updated with groundbreaking research, this award-winning classic examines the construction of sexual identity in biology, society, and history.

Why do some people prefer heterosexual love while others fancy...


Ultimate Physics

by Scientific American & William Hughes Blackstone Publishing (June 16, 2020)

The fundamental outlines of the physical world, from its tiniest particles to massive galaxy clusters, have been apparent for decades. Does this mean physicists are about to tie it all up into a neat package?...


Wonders of the Cosmos

by Scientific American & Erin Bennett Blackstone Publishing (June 16, 2020)

"Cosmos" comes from a Greek word for an orderly and systematic universe. In this book, we present the most riveting discoveries and mind-bending ideas about our cosmic home, from what we know of the origins...


The Science of Cancer

by Scientific American & Suzie Althens Blackstone Publishing (June 09, 2020)

The past few years have seen tremendous strides in our understanding of cancer, including new hypotheses about its genetic origins and new treatment alternatives using the body's own immune response. In The...


Mysteries of Life in the Universe

by Scientific American & Bernadette Dunne Blackstone Publishing (June 09, 2020)

How did life begin on Earth? Does it exist elsewhere? What would those life forms be like? These fundamental questions about the nature of life and our own cosmic significance are endlessly fascinating. In this...


The Lost Family

by Libby Copeland & Cindy Kay Blackstone Publishing (June 02, 2020)

A deeply reported look at the rise of home genetic testing and the seismic shock it has had on individual lives

You swab your cheek or spit into a vial, then send it away to a lab somewhere. Weeks later you get...


Exploring Mars

by Scientific American & Alex Boyles Blackstone Publishing (June 02, 2020)

Our nearest planetary neighbor has been the subject of endless fascination and wide-ranging theories throughout history. Is there life on Mars? Was there ever life on Mars? What was the atmosphere like thousands...


The Language of Butterflies

by Wendy Williams & Angela Brazil Simon & Schuster Audio (June 02, 2020)

In this fascinating book from the New York Times bestselling author of The Horse, Wendy Williams explores the lives of one of the world’s most resilient creatures--the butterfly--shedding light on the role...


The Book of Eels

by Patrik Svensson & Alex Wyndham HarperAudio (May 26, 2020)

Part H Is for Hawk, part The Soul of an OctopusThe Book of Eels is both a meditation on the world's most elusive fish--the eel--and a reflection on the human condition.

Remarkably little is known about...


How Innovation Works

by Matt Ridley HarperAudio (May 19, 2020)

Building on his national bestseller The Rational Optimist, Matt Ridley chronicles the history of innovation, and how we need to change our thinking on the subject.

Innovation is the main event of the modern...


Golf's Holy War

by Brett Cyrgalis & Kyle Tait Simon & Schuster Audio (May 05, 2020)

Just as Michael Lewis’s Moneyball captured baseball at a technological turning point, Brett Cyrgalis’s Golf’s Holy War takes us inside golf’s clash between its beloved artistic tradition and its analytic...


Galileo

by Mario Livio & Jonathan Davis Simon & Schuster Audio (May 05, 2020)

A fresh interpretation of the life of Galileo Galilei, one of history’s greatest and most fascinating scientists, that sheds new light on his discoveries and how he was challenged by science deniers. “We...


Truth: A Brief History of Total Bullsh*t

The Kill Chain

by Christian Brose Hachette Books (April 21, 2020)

From a former senior advisor to Senator John McCain, an urgent wake-up call about how new technologies are threatening America's military might.

When we think about the future of war, the military and Washington...


Biography of Resistance

Biomimicry

by Janine M. Benyus & Callie Beaulieu HarperAudio (April 21, 2020)

This "valuable and entertaining" (New York Times Book Review) book explores how scientists are adapting nature's best ideas to solve tough 21st century problems.

Biomimicry is rapidly transforming life on earth....


Why Fish Don't Exist

by Lulu Miller Simon & Schuster Audio (April 14, 2020)

A “remarkable” (Los Angeles Times), “seductive” (The Wall Street Journal) debut from the new cohost of Radiolab, Why Fish Don’t Exist is a dark and astonishing tale of love, chaos, scientific obsession,...


The Secret Life of Plants

by Peter Tompkins, Christopher Bird & D. Michael Hope HarperAudio (April 07, 2020)

Explore the inner world of plants and its fascinating relation to mankind, as uncovered by the latest discoveries of science. A perennial bestseller!

In this truly revolutionary and beloved work, drawn from remarkable...


Stealing Home

by Eric Nusbaum & David Owen Nelson PublicAffairs (March 24, 2020)

A story about baseball, family, the American Dream, and the fight to turn Los Angeles into a big league city.

Dodger Stadium is an American icon. But the story of how it came to be goes far beyond baseball. The...


Ending Parkinson's Disease

by Ray Dorsey, Todd Sherer, Bastiaan Bloem & Michael S. Okun et al. Public Affairs (March 17, 2020)

Four top experts provide a plan to help prevent the Parkinson's pandemic, improve care and treatment, and end the silence associated with this devastating disease

Brain diseases are now the world's leading source...


We Know It When We See It

by Richard Masland & Matt Kugler Basic Books (March 10, 2020)

A Harvard researcher investigates the human eye in this insightful account of what vision reveals about intelligence, learning, and the greatest mysteries of neuroscience.

Spotting a face in a crowd is so easy,...


The Dance of Life

by Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, Roger Highfield & Shaina Summerville Basic Books (February 25, 2020)

A renowned biologist's cutting-edge and unconventional examination of human reproduction and embryo research

Scientists have long struggled to make pregnancy easier, safer, and more successful. In The Dance...


Lucy

by Donald C. Johanson & Maitland Edey Early Man Publishing Company (February 18, 2020)

The story of the discovery of "Lucy"--the oldest, best-preserved skeleton of any erect-walking human ancestor ever found.

When Donald Johanson found a partial skeleton, approximately 3.5 million years old, in...


Fighting for Space

by Amy Shira Teitel Grand Central Publishing (February 18, 2020)

Spaceflight historian and creator of YouTube's "Vintage Space" Amy Shira Teitel tells the riveting story of the female pilots who each dreamed of being the first American woman in space.

A book that will appeal...