Back Science | January Newsletter

SelectReads News
Simple News Pro
  Science  
The Cat in the Box: A History of Science in 100 Experiments

Mary Gribbin · Race Point Publishing
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

This book distills the history of science into 100 epic experiments that have fueled our understanding of Earth and the Universe beyond. Everything in the scientific world view is based on experiment, including observations of phenomena predicted by theories and hypotheses, such as the bending...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Are Numbers Real?: The Uncanny Relationship of Mathematics and the Physical World

Brian Clegg · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

Have you ever wondered what humans did before numbers existed? How they organized their lives, traded goods, or kept track of their treasures? What would your life be like without them?Numbers began as simple representations of everyday things, but mathematics rapidly took on a life of its own,...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Matthew Walker PhD · Scribner
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

The first sleep book by a leading scientific expert - Professor Matthew Walker, Director of UC Berkeley's Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab - reveals his groundbreaking exploration of sleep, explaining how we can harness its transformative power to change our lives for the better.Sleep is one of the most...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Darwin's First Theory: Exploring Darwin's Quest for a Theory of Earth

R L Wesson · Pegasus Books
Pages: 384
Format: Print book

An acclaimed geologist leads the reader on an adventure through the landscape that absorbed and inspired Charles Darwin.Everybody knows -- or thinks they know -- Charles Darwin, the father of evolution and the man who altered the way we view our place in the world. But what most people...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space

Janna Levin · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 256
Format: Print book

The authoritative story of the headline-making discovery of gravitational waves - by an eminent theoretical astrophysicist and award-winning writer.From the author of How the Universe Got Its Spots and A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, the epic story of the scientific campaign to record...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome

Venki Ramakrishnan · Basic Books
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

A Nobel Prize-winning biologist tells the riveting story of his race to discover the inner workings of biology's most important molecule"Ramakrishnan's writing is so honest, lucid and engaging that I could not put this book down until I had read to the very end."--Siddhartha Mukherjee,...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Seeds of Science: Why We Got It So Wrong On GMOs

MARK LYNAS · Bloomsbury Sigma
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

Mark Lynas was one of the original GM field wreckers. Back in the 1990s--working undercover with his colleagues in the environmental movement--he would descend on trial sites of genetically modified crops at night and hack them to pieces. Two decades later, most people around the world--from...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Atom Land: A Guided Tour Through the Strange

Jon Butterworth · The Experiment
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

For fans of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry: a richly conjured world, in map and metaphor, of particle physicsAtom Land brings the impossibly small world of particle physics to life, taking readers on a guided journey through the subatomic world. Readers...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

STEVEN PINKER · Viking
Pages: 576
Format: Hardcover

The follow-up to Pinker's groundbreaking The Better Angels of Our Nature presents the big picture of human progress: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.Is...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Order of Time

Carlo Rovelli · Riverhead Books
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

From the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, a concise, elegant exploration of time.Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire

Kyle Harper · Princeton University Press
Pages: 440
Format: Hardcover

A sweeping new history of how climate change and disease helped bring down the Roman EmpireHere is the monumental retelling of one of the most consequential chapters of human history: the fall of the Roman Empire. The Fate of Rome is the first book to examine the catastrophic role that...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why

Dean Burnett · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

Neuroscientist Dean Burnett dives into the squishy science and bubbly feelings of what happiness means.The pursuit of happiness is one of the most common and enduring quests of human life. It's what drives us to get a job, fall in love, watch stand-up comedy, go to therapy, have questionable...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Secret Life of the Mind: How Your Brain Thinks, Feels, and Decides

MARIANO SIGMAN · Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

From a world-renowned leader in neuroscience, a provocative, enthralling journey into the depths of the human mind.Where do our thoughts come from? How do we make choices and trust our judgments? What is the role of the unconscious? Can we manipulate our dreams? In this mind-bending international...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Wild Moms: Motherhood in the Animal Kingdom

Carin Bondar · Pegasus Books
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

A fascinating and entertaining tour of motherhood in the animal kingdom that reveals a new perspective on the mother/child relationship. Being a mom is a tough job -- but imagine doing it in the jungle or out on the safari, faced by the ravages of the elements, a scarcity of resources and the threat...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece

Michael Benson · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover

Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the film's release, this is the definitive story of the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey, acclaimed today as one of the greatest films ever made, including the inside account of how director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke created this...
Read More check catalog