50 of The Best Science Books - • The PlanetsWe live in exciting—and slightly alarming—times. In just the past year, new discoveries about the origins of our species have been published, geneticists continue to unlock the workings of our constituent DNA , dramatic finds upended our understanding of life in the deep past , and spacecraft have flown to many unexplored corners of the solar system. It can be dizzying to try to keep track of it all, especially as scientists continue to warn of impending climate calamity and rogue actors skirt regulation to perform genetic edits on humans. Fortunately, was also a year full of great science books, the perfect way to take a step back and consider the implications of new discoveries and experiments. Whether you want to look inward at the science of human heredity, or outward to Pluto and beyond, the best science books of the year will teach you something that humanity itself is only just starting to learn. The flyby will mark the most distant planetary encounter in human history, and the images and science data beamed back to Earth are expected to transform our understanding of the Kuiper Belt, a largely unexplored realm beyond Neptune. But almost four years before the Ultima Thule encounter, New Horizons completed its primary mission: the first-ever rendezvous with Pluto.
50 of The Best Science Books – 2019
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Here are 15 science and technology books that will keep your nerdy brains engaged and titillated. Paleontologist Steve Brusatte pieced together some of the most recent scientific findings to create this up-to-date story of the dinosaurs , from their humble beginnings during the Triassic, to their dramatic rise during the thundering Jurassic, and ending with their cataclysmic demise at the end of the Cretaceous. Filled with vivid illustrations, historical accounts, and tales of paleontological expeditions, this book will change the way you think about dinosaurs. Artificial intelligence is poised to change nearly every facet of human life, from the way we do business and fight crime through to advances in self-driving vehicles and medicine. Life 3. Physics is now stuck in a rut, argues Hossenfelder, requiring scientists to re-construct their theories. In Technically Wrong , Sara Wachter-Boettcher does a deep dive into the world of app and algorithm development, explaining why so many of the digital products we use today are so deeply and fundamentally flawed—and even harmful.
Illustration by Glenn Harvey. Gene sequencing and editing — especially CRISPR — are capturing the attention of the world; we are beginning to understand the brain and its functions with increasing clarity; and our knowledge is blooming in well-studied areas like heredity and new frontiers like the microbiome. These are our 10 favorites, from essays on neuroscience, to an ode to the fruit fly, to one great big argument for reevaluating our relationship to psychedelics. Linden asked each of the 40 world-renowned brain researchers he gathered in his book including himself. Linden, who researches the cellular substrates of memory in the brain at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, has a good rolodex of contacts — his 39 experts are world-renowned — but an even better handle on asking the right open-ended question. In , cosmologist Brian Keating and his BICEP2 team saw — they were very sure — evidence of cosmic inflation, or the exponential expansion of space thought to have occurred just after the Big Bang.
By David J. Linden
Here at Science Friday, our jobs involve reading a lot of science books every year. We have piles and piles of them at the office. Hundreds of titles about biology and art and technology and space, and sometimes even sci-fi. Dr Brusatte writes in an eloquent way that is easy for everybody to understand and he sheds new light on dinosaur evolution. It is a must read for all of you dino buffs out there.
Bryson covers everything from the Big Bang to the beginning stages of civilization in an easy-to-read format. Unlike textbooks, which tend to use dry, boring text, Bryson inserts wit and humor into all of the subjects he covers. Penned by Randall Monroe, the creator behind XKCD, this book seeks to answer silly hypothetical questions by using real science. This book covers subjects in the realms of physics, chemistry, evolution and more. In addition to the written word, this book also uses original drawings and diagrams to illustrate its points.