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    ‘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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    ‘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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    ‘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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    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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    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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    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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    ‘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.

  8. Maryam Mirzakhani and Shakuntala Devi

    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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    ‘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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    ‘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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    ‘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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    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.