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  • Finding Einstein’s Brain
    Frederick E. Lepore

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    Finding Einstein’s Brain

    On the day of Albert Einstein’s death, an April morning in 1955, the pathologist Thomas Harvey performed an autopsy and, controversially, took possession of the physicist’s brain. Days later, Harvey convinced Einstein’s closest relatives of his purpose: to retain the brain for scientific research. Three decades passed, however, until the first work on Einstein’s brain… Read More
  • Genetics in the Madhouse: The Unknown History of Human Heredity
    Theodore M. Porter

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    Genetics in the Madhouse

    Decades before Gregor Mendel studied pea plants or Thomas Hunt Morgan cultivated fruitflies, an isolated but vital international community gathered enormous bodies of data on hereditary traits. As Theodore Porter describes in his fascinating and original Genetics in the Madhouse, physicians and state officials tasked with overseeing insane asylums throughout the 19th century attempted to… Read More
  • Luminous Creatures: The History and Science of Light Production in Living Organisms
    Michel Anctil

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    Luminous Creatures

    Although scholars have been documenting and studying the production of light by living things since the time of the ancient Greeks, the word “bioluminescence” still elicits a sense of mystery and wonderment for the natural world. Despite its title, Michel Anctil’s book, Luminous Creatures, does not focus solely on bioluminescent organisms but instead reveals these… Read More
  • Eye of the Shoal: A Fishwatcher’s Guide to Life, the Ocean and Everything
    Helen Scales

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    Eye of the Shoal

    The first time Helen Scales watched fish in the wild, she wasn’t expecting to be impressed. Fifteen years old and on a family holiday in California, she was more concerned with spotting a sea otter. Peering from a high bluff south of Monterey Bay, however, she was captivated by what she saw: fish of all… Read More
  • Tasting the Past: The Science of Flavor & the Search for the Origins of Wine
    Kevin Begos

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    Tasting the Past

    In Tasting the Past, journalist Kevin Begos takes readers along on a journey to find the historical origins of wine. During these travels, he introduces researchers in the fields of grape and wine science, presenting the people behind the science as just as important as the science itself. A diverse world of grapes, wine, and… Read More
  • Catching Stardust: Comets, Asteroids and the Birth of the Solar System
    Natalie Starkey

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    Catching Stardust

    Comets, with their glistening dust tails, have fascinated humanity from our earliest days. The comet Halley, for example, is depicted on the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry, where it represents a bad omen for an upcoming battle. But should these tiny Solar System objects be feared? Natalie Starkey’s answer is a resounding no. In her book Catching… Read More
  • Energy: A Human History
    Richard Rhodes


    Energy: A Human History

    Motivated by the climate change crisis, Richard Rhodes’s Energy: A Human History sets out on a historical tour of how humans have manipulated nature to lift, transport, heat, and illuminate things over the past four centuries. Rhodes brings the same storytelling finesse to this work that he brought to his 1986 Pulitzer Prize–winning The Making… Read More
  • Fundamentals of Microbiome Science: How Microbes Shape Animal Biology
    Angela E. Douglas

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    A wide-ranging text synthesizes what we know (and don’t know) about the microbiome

    Angela Douglas is an internationally recognized expert on symbiosis, with a number of foundational texts to her name (1, 2). In her new book, Fundamentals of Microbiome Science, Douglas synthetizes data from the burgeoning field of microbiome science in eight highly informative chapters. Topics include the origins of the animal microbiome, what we know about… Read More
  • Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator
    Jason M. Colby


    Bloodthirsty murderers no more, captive killer whales helped to transform the species’s reputation

    Killer whales, also known as orcas, are idolized, loved, and even revered. Such sentiments, however, have not always been held toward this species, as historian Jason Colby reveals in his new book, Orca. From the 1940s into the 1960s, killer whales were often depicted as a menace to the rest of the ocean’s inhabitants, as… Read More
  • Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain
    Sarah-Jayne Blakemore


    PODCAST: Q&A with Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, author of Inventing Ourselves

    Elusive, evasive, and uncommunicative, the human adolescent is among the most enigmatic subjects ever to be studied. This week on the Science podcast, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore delves into the teenage brain, revealing the extraordinary features that define this transitional state in human development. To hear the rest of the show, visit the Science podcast page. Read More