Reviews

  1. graphs
    Math

    A new book shows how not to fall for dubious statistics

    Skipped statistics in school and wonder what you missed? David Spiegelhalter’s ‘The Art of Statistics’ has got you covered.

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    Science & Society

    ‘The Nature of Life and Death’ spotlights pollen’s role in solving crimes

    In ‘The Nature of Life and Death,’ botanist Patricia Wiltshire recounts some of her most memorable cases.

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    Science & Society

    ‘End Times’ explores the catastrophic events that could kill us all

    A new book looks at the threats that could wipe out humankind and what can be done to counteract them.

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    Archaeology

    Satellites are transforming how archaeologists study the past

    In ‘Archaeology from Space,’ Sarah Parcak takes readers on a lively tour of the past, and archaeology of the 21st century.

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    Archaeology

    ‘Fruit from the Sands’ explores the Silk Road origins of apples, tea and more

    A new book explains how many of today’s popular foods got started on Central Asia’s ancient Silk Road trade networks.

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    Planetary Science

    Celebrate the moon landing anniversary with books that go beyond the small step

    New books about Apollo 11 and the mission to the moon offer something for everyone, from astronomy lovers to fans of graphic novels and self-improvement buffs.

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    Plants

    ‘Slime’ shows how algae have shaped our climate, evolution and daily lives

    The new book ‘Slime’ makes the case that algae deserve to be celebrated.

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    Chemistry

    Carbon plays a starring role in the new book ‘Symphony in C’

    In Symphony in C, geophysicist Robert Hazen explores carbon’s ancient origins, its role in life and its importance in the modern world.

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  9. Diplodocus in Smithsonian fossil hall
    Science & Society

    The Smithsonian’s ‘Deep Time’ exhibit gives dinosaurs new life

    The Smithsonian’s renovated fossil hall puts ancient dinosaurs and other creatures in context.

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  10. LabEscape glasses
    Science & Society

    A science-themed escape room gives the brain a workout

    Quantum physicist Paul Kwiat reveals what it takes do well in LabEscape, his science-themed escape room.

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  11. Calabi-Yau manifolds
    Math

    A mathematician traces his journey from poverty to prominence

    In 'The Shape of Life,' Shing-Tung Yau describes his groundbreaking work in geometry, which provided insights into string theory.

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  12. neutrophils
    Life

    ‘An Elegant Defense’ explores the immune system’s softer side

    The lives of four people helped or harmed by their body’s natural defenses illustrate why immunology has become one of the hottest fields in science.

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