Mar 8, 2017
A sampler of zoological drawings from Charlotte Sleigh’s book The Paper Zoo: 500 Years of Animals in Art, which we recently reviewed.
Read More Feb 20, 2017
Historian Charlotte Sleigh’s book The Paper Zoo taps into the British Museum’s rich collection to explore and contextualize five centuries of zoological illustration.
Read More Dec 23, 2016
We’ve combed through our 2016 reviews to put together this selection of books we think readerly science enthusiasts would love to find in their stockings. (They also offer a great way to use those holiday gift cards.) As a holiday bonus, we couldn’t resist adding a few more titles from our personal reading lists over the past year. Some books are just too good not to share.
Read More Dec 21, 2016
This year brought a multitude of excellent science-influenced picture books. Here are a few we think would make especially good gifts—or provide excellent ways to use that gift card tucked in your stocking.
Read More Dec 19, 2016
Our suggestions for gifts to brighten hearth, home, and habitat with a bit of science goodness.
Read More Dec 16, 2016
The past year has delivered an array of STEM-related titles for kids. Our second gift guide for 2016 features books we think older children will thoroughly enjoy.
Read More Dec 9, 2016
The past year has delivered an array of STEM-related titles for younger readers. Our first gift guide for 2016 features books we think preschoolers through early-elementary schoolkids will thoroughly enjoy.
Read More Oct 7, 2016
The artist M. C. Escher valued the influence of scientists and mathematicians in producing his famous works.
Read More Sep 19, 2016
In her new book, science writer Michelle Nijhuis breaks down what makes the essay a perfect vessel for authors to record their process of inquiry.
Read More Sep 9, 2016
It’s no secret we're serious fans of the dapper and witty Professor Astro Cat. The mobile app Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System (Minilab Studios, $2.99, iOS and Android) translates a portion of the material from the first book, Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, for an interactive digital format. We decided to take it for a cosmic joyride.
Read More Sep 2, 2016
A short conversation with—and reading by—Jamie Bartlett, author of The Dark Net about concerns over surveillance, privacy, and security.
Read More Jun 22, 2016
Christian Bök’s ambitious project combines poetry, cryptography, and bioengineering.
Read More Apr 27, 2016
In this edition of the Scientists’ Nightstand podcast, author Jamie Bartlett discusses his book The Dark Net in which market mechanisms, technology, ethics, and human behavior mix.
Read More Dec 31, 2015
Who knows what you may discover from the comfort of your armchair?
Read More Dec 17, 2015
The shortest book reviews out there—just six words.
Read More Sep 4, 2015
The noted neurologist preferred to write popular books over peer-reviewed papers, so a celebration of his life in books seems fitting.
Read More Aug 29, 2015
The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina brings with it memories of a coincident crisis. But it turns out that recalling an emotionally charged event isn't a straightforward process. How documentary photographs in the wake of disaster can help us understand the workings of memory.
Read More Jul 20, 2015
When the Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the Moon, we knew what it meant for science. We also knew what it meant for Cold War–era politics. But what did it mean for the arts? Would poets ever look at the Moon in the same way again?
Read More Jul 14, 2015
Inventor Dean Kamen is resolved to engineer clean water for the entire world, and he might just do it. Included is a clip from the documentary SlingShot about Kamen's latest invention.
Read More Jun 27, 2015
In honor of the first week of summer, we’re revisiting the book Cool: How Air Conditioning Changed Everything, by Salvatore Basile, with a collection of images as well as some additional discussion of the book. We like to think of it as the summertime-release, extended dance version of our original review.