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Origins

by Lewis Dartnell Basic Books (May 14, 2019)

A New York Times-bestselling author explains how the physical world shaped the history of our species

When we talk about human history, we often focus on great leaders, population forces, and decisive wars. But...


In Search of the Canary Tree

by Lauren E. Oakes Basic Books (November 27, 2018)

The surprisingly hopeful story of one woman's search for resiliency in a warming world

Several years ago, ecologist Lauren E. Oakes set out from California for Alaska's old-growth forests to hunt for a dying...


Drink Beer, Think Beer

by John Holl Basic Books (September 04, 2018)

From an award-winning journalist and beer expert, a thoughtful and witty guide to understanding and enjoying beer

Right here, right now is the best time in the history of mankind to be a beer drinker. America...


Buzz

by Thor Hanson Basic Books (July 10, 2018)

From the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers, a natural and cultural history of the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round.

Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for...


Lost in Math

by Sabine Hossenfelder Basic Books (June 12, 2018)

Most physicists think of beauty as the royal road to discovery; a leading critic shows it is instead the road to nowhere

Whether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries CERN, physicists believe the best...


The Equations of Life

by Charles S. Cockell Basic Books (June 05, 2018)

A groundbreaking new theory of evolution, arguing that life develops in predictable ways

We are all familiar with the popular idea of strange alien life wildly different from life on earth inhabiting other planets....


The Book of Why

by Judea Pearl & Dana Mackenzie Basic Books (May 01, 2018)

How the study of causality revolutionized science and the world

"Correlation does not imply causation." This mantra has been invoked by scientists for decades. But today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution,...


Why Honor Matters

by Tamler Sommers Basic Books (May 08, 2018)

A controversial call to put honor at the center of morality

To the modern mind, the idea of honor is outdated, sexist, and barbaric. It evokes Hamilton and Burr and pistols at dawn, not visions of a well-organized...


Weird Math

by David Darling & Agnijo Banerjee Basic Books (April 17, 2018)

A successful science writer and a teenage math prodigy reveal the complex mathematics that is all around us

Almost everyone has stared at crumpled pages of a math homework assignment and wondered, where on...


What Is Real?

by Adam Becker Basic Books (March 20, 2018)

Quantum mechanics is humanity's finest scientific achievement. It explains why the sun shines and how your eyes can see. It's the theory behind the LEDs in your phone and the nuclear hearts of space probes....


The Biological Mind

by Alan Jasanoff Basic Books (March 13, 2018)

A pioneering neuroscientist argues that we are more than our brains

To many, the brain is the seat of personal identity and autonomy. But the way we talk about the brain is often rooted more in mystical conceptions...


The Last Man Who Knew Everything

by David N. Schwartz Basic Books (December 05, 2017)

In 1942, a team at the University of Chicago achieved what no one had before: a nuclear chain reaction. At the forefront of this breakthrough stood Enrico Fermi. Straddling the ages of classical physics and...


Exact Thinking in Demented Times

by Karl Sigmund & Douglas Hofstadter Basic Books (December 05, 2017)

Inspired by Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and Bertrand Russell and David Hilbert's pursuit of the fundamental rules of mathematics, some of the most brilliant minds of the generation came together in...


The Fear Factor

by Abigail Marsh Basic Books (October 10, 2017)

At fourteen, Amber could boast of killing her guinea pig, threatening to burn down her home, and seducing men in exchange for gifts. She used the tools she had available to get what she wanted, like all children....


The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. I: The New Millennium Edition: Mainly Mechanics, Radiation, and Heat

by Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton & Matthew Sands Basic Books (September 29, 2015)

“The whole thing was basically an experiment,” Richard Feynman said late in his career, looking back on the origins of his lectures. The experiment turned out to be hugely successful, spawning publications...


Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics

by Paul Halpern Basic Books (April 14, 2015)

"A fascinating and thought-provoking story, one that sheds light on the origins of... the current challenging situation in physics."--Wall Street Journal

When the fuzzy indeterminacy of quantum mechanics overthrew...


Feynman's Tips on Physics: Reflections, Advice, Insights, Practice

by Michael A. Gottlieb, Richard P. Feynman & Ralph Leighton Basic Books (January 29, 2013)

Feynman’s Tips on Physics is a delightful collection of Richard P. Feynman’s insights and an essential companion to his legendary Feynman Lectures on Physics.

With characteristic flair, insight, and humor,...


Alone Together

by Sherry Turkle Basic Books (September 05, 2017)

Consider Facebook—it’s human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected...


The Seeds of Life

by Edward Dolnick Basic Books (June 06, 2017)

Why cracking the code of human conception took centuries of wild theories, misogynist blunders, and ludicrous mistakes

Throughout most of human history, babies were surprises. People knew the basics: men and...


The Cure for Catastrophe

by Robert Muir-Wood Basic Books (September 06, 2016)

We can't stop natural disasters but we can stop them being disastrous. One of the world's foremost risk experts tells us how.

Year after year, floods wreck people's homes and livelihoods, earthquakes tear communities...


Sun Moon Earth

by Tyler Nordgren Basic Books (September 13, 2016)

One of Amazon's Best Science Books of 2016

An astronomer traces the natural history of solar eclipses from supernatural to scientific phenomenon, showing us a more wonderful way to look up at the sky

On August...


Rigor Mortis

by Richard Harris Basic Books (April 04, 2017)

An award-winning science journalist pulls the alarm on the dysfunction plaguing scientific research--with lethal consequences for us all

American taxpayers spend $30 billion annually funding biomedical research....


Quantum Mechanics

by Leonard Susskind & Art Friedman Basic Books (February 25, 2014)

From the bestselling author of The Theoretical Minimum, an accessible introduction to the math and science of quantum mechanics

Quantum Mechanics is a (second) book for anyone who wants to learn how to think...


Love and Math

by Edward Frenkel Basic Books (October 01, 2013)


First Bite

by Bee Wilson Basic Books (December 01, 2015)

We do not come into the world with an innate sense of taste and nutrition; as omnivores, we have to learn how and what to eat, how sweet is too sweet, and what food will give us the most energy for the coming...


Cat Sense

by John Bradshaw Basic Books (September 10, 2013)

Cats have been popular household pets for thousands of years, and their numbers only continue to rise. Today there are three cats for every dog on the planet, and yet cats remain more mysterious, even to their...


Calculating the Cosmos

by Ian Stewart Basic Books (October 25, 2016)

In Calculating the Cosmos, Ian Stewart presents an exhilarating guide to the cosmos, from our solar system to the entire universe. He describes the architecture of space and time, dark matter and dark energy,...


Beyond Infinity

by Eugenia Cheng Basic Books (March 28, 2017)

The hilarious and charming Eugenia Cheng leads us in search of what's bigger than infinity, and smaller than its opposite

Imagine something small enough to fit in your head but too large to fit in the world-or...


Alone Together

by Sherry Turkle Basic Books (September 05, 2017)

Consider Facebook—it’s human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected...


A Most Elegant Equation

by David Stipp Basic Books (October 10, 2017)

Bertrand Russell wrote that mathematics can exalt "as surely as poetry." This is especially true of one equation: ei(pi) + 1 = 0, the brainchild of Leonhard Euler, the Mozart of mathematics. More than two centuries...


A Big Bang in a Little Room

by Zeeya Merali Basic Books (February 14, 2017)

An award-winning science writer takes us into the lab to answer some of life's biggest questions: How was the universe created? And could we create our own?

What if you could become God, with the ability to build...


The Master Algorithm

by Pedro Domingos Basic Books (September 22, 2015)

In the world's top research labs and universities, the race is on to invent the ultimate learning algorithm: one capable of discovering any knowledge from data, and doing anything we want, before we even ask....


The Magic of Math

by Arthur Benjamin Basic Books (September 08, 2015)

A New York Times bestseller

The Magic of Math is the math book you wish you had in school. Using a delightful assortment of examples—from ice cream scoops and poker hands to measuring mountains and making magic...