Reviews

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Star-nosed mole
    Science & Society

    ‘Great Adaptations’ unravels mysteries of amazing animal abilities

    Kenneth Catania has resorted to some unusual experiments to understand the lives of star-nosed moles, electric eels and other remarkable animals.

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  8. Abstract polygonal background
    Science & Society

    ‘Schrödinger’s Web’ offers a sneak peek at the quantum internet

    For an entertaining overview of the physics and technological advances paving the way for the quantum internet, read ‘Schrödinger’s Web.’

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  9. Science & Society

    ‘The Origins of You’ explores how kids develop into their adult selves

    A new book describes the interplay of nature and nurture as children, at least in Western societies, grow up.

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  10. The game Endangered
    Science & Society

    The board game Endangered shows just how hard conservation can be

    The new board game Endangered shows how working together is the only way for conservation to succeed.

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  11. Scene from the movie Tesla
    Science & Society

    Ethan Hawke stars in ‘Tesla,’ a quirky biopic about the iconic inventor

    The new movie ‘Tesla’ follows the rise and fall of Nikola Tesla, whose early inventions panned out far better than later projects.

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  12. Painting of Galileo's trial
    Science & Society

    A new Galileo biography draws parallels to today’s science denialism

    ‘Galileo and the Science Deniers’ delivers a fresh assessment of the life of a scientific legend and offers lessons for today.

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