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  • The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success
    Albert-László Barabási


    A complexity expert reveals how social networks create recognition and acclaim

    Want to master your professional and social networks to maximize recognition? Want to learn how to build productive teams that create lasting impact? In his new book, The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success, Albert-László Barabási translates almost a decade of scholarly research on the science of success into a lively and compelling narrative woven… Read More
  • Einstein's Shadow: A Black Hole, a Band of Astronomers, and the Quest to See the Unseeable
    Seth Fletcher


    An embedded journalist tells the tale of an Earth-sized telescope that could provide the first image of a black hole

    Size matters, especially when it comes to telescopes. This is partly because larger instruments collect more light and see better in the dark. But just as two separated eyes allow for stereo perception, the larger the distance between points on a telescope, or the farther apart several coordinated telescopes are, the more precisely distant objects… Read More
  • Collection

    Books for budding scientists

    From audacious space missions and quantum physics, to clean cookstoves and coral nurseries, this year’s finalists for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books dare to go where few children’s titles have gone before. Sponsored by Subaru of America and facilitated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, the publisher… Read More
  • The Story of Soy
    Christine M. Du Bois

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    PODCAST: Q&A with Christine Du Bois, author of The Story of Soy

    What do Buddhist missionaries, Henry Ford, and Greenpeace all have in common? As Christine Du Bois reveals in her new book, the answer is the humble soybean. This week on the Science podcast, Du Bois discusses soy’s vital role in human history, from its ancient domestication and ascendance as an agricultural staple to its emerging… Read More
  • Freedom’s Laboratory: The Cold War Struggle for the Soul of Science
    Audra J. Wolfe


    Denouncing state-controlled research, U.S. investigators advanced the American agenda during the Cold War

    “Science is apolitical” is a deeply political statement: One only feels the need to assert something like this in times when it is a hard case to make. That science exists within a political environment and participates in political activities should not be controversial. But it is, especially in the current moment, when it would… Read More
  • Subatomic: An Atom Building Game
    John Coveyou

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    The quantum realm comes to life in a fast-paced new board game

    The rise in popularity of tabletop board games as a mainstream adult hobby has introduced players to a correspondingly wide breadth of unlikely subjects, from exploding cats to top-secret chili recipes (thankfully not in the same game) (1, 2). Following the notion that no subject is off limits in board gaming, Subatomic sets out to… Read More
  • In Search of the Canary Tree: The Story of a Scientist, a Cypress, and a Changing World
    Lauren E. Oakes


    Even as extinction looms for her subjects, an ecologist maintains hope for a better future

    In the introduction to In Search of the Canary Tree, ecologist Lauren Oakes establishes a hopeful tone for what is, for many who study environmental change, an emotionally taxing topic: “This book is about finding faith… as a force that summons local solutions to a global problem, that helps me live joyfully and choose what… Read More
  • Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome
    Venki Ramakrishnan


    A Nobel laureate recounts the story of his quest to discover the structure of a key molecular machine

    By the late 1970s, the structure of DNA had already been “solved,” and the genetic code already “cracked,” leading many to conclude that there was little left to learn in this arena. However, the quest to understand the process by which the ribosome converts genetic information into proteins was still in its infancy. In Gene… Read More
  • Einstein’s Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes
    Chris Impey


    New data, old rivalries, and enduring questions fill a welcome overview of black hole research

    What happens at the black hole event horizon, where time stands still and intuition breaks down? In the opening chapter of his new book, Einstein’s Monsters, astronomer and popular science writer Chris Impey puts the problem succinctly: “It made no sense for a physical object to have zero size and infinite mass density. Einstein’s theory… Read More
  • Brief Answers to the Big Questions
    Stephen Hawking


    An unfinished tome reveals the late Stephen Hawking’s musings on life’s biggest mysteries

    The death of cosmologist Stephen Hawking earlier this year happened to fall on the birthday of Albert Einstein. This felt like an appropriate coincidence, given the centrality of Einstein’s general theory of relativity in Hawking’s much-celebrated life as a scientist. Einstein is mentioned in Hawking’s posthumously published book—Brief Answers to the Big Questions, which he… Read More