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Scientists' Nightstand

The Cheese Plate Stands Alone

Emily Buehler

A review of The Science of Cheese, by Michael H. Tunick


Don't Try This at Home

Jorge Cham

A review of What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, by Randall Munroe


Of a Feather

Dianne Timblin

A review of Extraordinary Birds: Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library, by Paul Sweet, and Aviary Wonders Inc.: Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual: Renewing the World's Bird Supply Since 2031, by Kate Samworth


A Troubling Tome

Greg Laden

A review of A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History, by Nicholas Wade


Have You Seen This Species?

Dianne Timblin

A review of Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record, by Errol Fuller


Stocking Nature’s Arsenal

James G. Lewis

A review of Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism, by Jacob Darwin Hamblin


Sex, Lies, and Misconceptions

Katie L. Burke

A review of How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction, by Robert Martin


A Vast Sea of Plastic

Katie-Leigh Corder

A review of Plastic Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, by Patricia Newman


Living Color

Dianne Timblin

A review of The Secret Language of Color: Science, Nature, History, Culture, Beauty of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Violet, by Joann Eckstut and Arielle Eckstut


Around the Cosmos in 192 Pages

Corey S. Powell

A review of The Cosmic Tourist: Visit the 100 Most Awe-Inspiring Destinations in the Universe!, by Brian May, Patrick Moore, and Chris Lintott


Surviving a Perfect Storm

Fenella Saunders

A review of The Great Extinctions: What Causes Them and How They Shape Life, by Norman MacLeod


“The Sight That Met Us Was Shocking”

Dianne Timblin

A review of Bergen-Belsen 1945: A Medical Student's Journal, by Michael John Hargrave


The Monodromy of Love

Brian Hayes

A review of Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality, by Edward Frenkel


“The Colonel Says”

Corey S. Powell

A review of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going into Space Taught Me about Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything, by Chris Hadfield


Keeping the Holmes Fires Burning

Dianne Timblin

A review of The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics, by James O’Brien, and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, by Maria Konnikova


How to Best the Beast Within

Jenny Jennings Foerst

A review of THE BOOK OF BARELY IMAGINED BEINGS: A 21st Century Bestiary, by Caspar Henderson


Gridding Gotham

Tim Stallmann

A review of THE MEASURE OF MANHATTAN: The Tumultuous Career and Surprising Legacy of John Randel Jr., Cartographer, Surveyor, Inventor, by Marguerite Holloway


The Organ of Reality

Richard Wiggins

A review of TOUCHING A NERVE: The Self as Brain, by Patricia S. Churchland


The Greatest Show on Earth

Jenny Jennings Foerst

A review of WHAT ON EARTH? 100 of Our Planet’s Most Amazing New Species, by Quentin Wheeler and Sara Pennak


What Makes a Good Scientist?

Katie L. Burke

A review of LETTERS TO A YOUNG SCIENTIST, by Edward O. Wilson


The Life of a Star

Fenella Saunders

A review of STEPHEN HAWKING: Riddles of Time and Space, by Michael Lent and Brian McCarthy, with art by Zach Bassett


The Silver Lining

Fenella Saunders

A review of HIDDEN BEAUTY: Exploring the Aesthetics of Medical Science, by Norman Barker and Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue


States of Incandescence

Harold Green

A review of THE AGE OF EDISON: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America by Ernest Freeberg


Cetacean Portraits

Fenella Saunders

A review of BEAUTIFUL WHALE by Bryant Austin


Mind Games

David Schoonmaker

A brief review of A VERY SHORT TOUR OF THE MIND: 21 Short Walks Around the Human Brain by Michael C. Corballis


Time to Evolve

Katie L. Burke

A review of PALEOFANTASY: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live by Marlene Zuk


Editors' Note: Scientists' Nightstand

The Editors

This issue marks the debut of our new, brief and occasional books section


A Life with Whales

Hallie Sessoms

A brief review of Into Great Silence: A Memoir of Discovery and Loss among Vanishing Orcas, by Eva Saulitis


The Sharpest Eye in the Sky

Fenella Saunders

A brief review of Hubble's Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images, by Terence Dickinson


Two Antarctic Tales

David Schoonmaker

A brief review of em>Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent, by Gabrielle Walker, and Secrets of the Ice: Antarctica’s Clues to Climate, the Universe, and the Limits of Life, by Veronica Meduna





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