Recommended books, on topics from growing potatoes to imagining other universes
Is "summer science reading" an oxymoron? Isn't this the season for light fare, and don't science books belong on the cabbage-and-mutton side of the menu? The Science News staff doesn't think so. Here we recommend a picnic basket of lively books. Scientists soaring through trees and camping out with ivory-billed woodpeckers are our action heroes. Storytellers describe natural living, raising flowers for profit, and surviving as original Americans. Our dose of summer school seriousness comes from authors trying to explain climate change, the religion-science divide, and the universe itself. Enjoy.