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The Rules of Contagion

by Adam Kucharski Basic Books (July 06, 2020)

From ideas and infections to financial crises and fake news, an "utterly timely" look at why the science of outbreaks is the science of modern life

These days, whenever anything spreads, whether it's a YouTube...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


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 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...


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...


Truth: A Brief History of Total Bullsh*t

by Tom Phillips Harlequin Audio (May 05, 2020)

This is a book about TRUTH--and all the ways we try to avoid it--from the bestselling author of Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up.

We live in a "post-truth" world, we're told. But was there ever...


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....


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...


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...


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...


The Consequential Frontier

by Peter Ward & Gary Galone Blackstone Publishing (February 11, 2020)

This in-depth work of reportage dares to ask what's at stake in privatizing outer space.

Earth is in trouble--so dramatically that we're now scrambling to explore space for valuable resources and a home for permanent...


The Imperiled Ocean

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...


How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog

by Chad Orzel, Cassandra Morris & Will Collyer Basic Books (February 11, 2020)

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. But what about relativity?

Physics professor Chad Orzel and his inquisitive canine companion, Emmy, tackle the concepts of general relativity in this irresistible...


A Broken Tree

by Stephen F. Anderson & David Marantz Blackstone Publishing (January 07, 2020)

All families have stories and all families have secrets. Some stories can be hidden forever. Others come out over time, or suddenly through revelation. With the advent of easy to obtain and cheap DNA kits, more...


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...


Falling Felines and Fundamental Physics

by Gregory J. Gbur & David Stifel Blackstone Publishing (January 21, 2020)

How do cats land on their feet? Discover how this question stumped brilliant minds and how its answer helped solve other seemingly impossible puzzles.

The question of how falling cats land on their feet has intrigued...


The Great Derangement

by Amitav Ghosh & Shridhar Solanki Blackstone Publishing (January 14, 2020)

Are we deranged? The acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that future generations may well think so. How else to explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming? In his first major book...