Reviews

  1. image of a giraffe and a rhinoceros in Namibia
    Animals

    Delve into the history of the fight for Earth’s endangered creatures

    The new book ‘Beloved Beasts’ chronicles past conservation efforts as a movement and a science, and explores how to keep striding forward.

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  2. EHT black hole image
    Physics

    Black hole visionaries push the boundaries of knowledge in a new film

    ‘Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know’ follows researchers with the Event Horizon Telescope and other physicists working to understand black holes.

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  3. cockroaches wriggling under a door
    Science & Society

    ‘Gory Details’ dives into the morbid, the taboo — and our minds

    Erika Engelhaupt explores creepy insects, fecal transplants, cannibalism and more in her new book.

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  4. Devils Hole pupfish
    Science & Society

    ‘Under a White Sky’ explores whether we must tinker with nature to save it

    In ‘Under a White Sky’, Elizabeth Kolbert examines the technological innovations we might need to save a planet we are actively destroying.

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  5. Hubble image of galaxies
    Physics

    ‘Fundamentals’ shows how reality is built from a few basic ingredients

    In ‘Fundamentals,’ physics Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek shares essential lessons from physics.

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  6. gas flare at North Dakota oil well
    Climate

    ‘The New Climate War’ exposes tactics of climate change ‘inactivists’

    In his new book, climate scientist Michael Mann draws the battle lines for a new phase of the struggle against climate change denialism.

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  7. astrolabe
    Science & Society

    ‘The Light Ages’ illuminates the science of the so-called Dark Ages

    In telling the story of a monk who contributed to astronomy, a new book shows that science didn’t take a break during the Middle Ages.

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  8. 2020 favorite books covers
    Science & Society

    Our favorite books of 2020 covered climate change, Mars, the end of the universe and more

    In a year when the coronavirus pandemic dominated the news, these books were a welcomed distraction.

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  9. bike messenger in front of a boarded up Louis Vuitton store
    Science & Society

    A COVID-19 time capsule captures pandemic moments for future researchers

    Social scientists chose photos, charts and even a tweet to help future researchers understand the pandemic.

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  10. Ardi skeleton
    Anthropology

    Ardi and her discoverers shake up hominid evolution in ‘Fossil Men’

    A new book covers the big personalities, field exploits and scientific clashes behind the discovery of the hominid skeleton nicknamed Ardi.

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  11. Tuatara
    Animals

    ‘Phallacy’ deflates myths about the penises of the animal kingdom

    By touring nature’s many penises, Phallacy author Emily Willingham puts the human organ in its place.

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  12. Maryam Mirzakhani and Shakuntala Devi
    Math

    A documentary and a Bollywood film highlight two disparate paths in mathematics

    An unlikely pair of films recount tales of two very different mathematical women, Maryam Mirzakhani and Shakuntala Devi.

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