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Bestselling poet Christian Bök has worked on this groundbreaking project for more than a decade, collaborating with scientists and studying the science himself from the ground up, in order to create what may be considered the first “living poetry.”
There are almost 2,000 species of fireflies, and Tufts University biologist Sara Lewis’s fascination with the creatures is so captivating that readers may want to learn about them all.
Agatha Christie knew her poisons. Written by a former research chemist, A is for Arsenic examines 14 of the toxic substances featured in Christie’s mysteries.
Through the pages of A Brief History of Creation, Bill Mesler and H. James Cleaves II trace humanity’s obsession with the origin story of life on Earth as Westerners have told it, from the philosophy of Anaximander in the 6th century BCE to a 21st-century biology lab at Harvard Medical School.
In Rust, journalist Jonathan Waldman follows a winding, oxidized path—to the Statue of Liberty, through Alaskan oil fields, into the Ball can-making factory, and well beyond—revealing how the work of corrosion engineers improves contemporary life, making it easier, more productive, and far safer.
For Professor Astro Cat's Atomic Adventure, author Dominic Walliman and illustrator Ben Newman bring an intrepid cosmic traveler back for a journey through physics' many realms.
Geobiologist Hope Jahren’s memoir, Lab Girl, takes readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of science as she recounts the triumphs and misadventures of setting up three labs and conducting research in the Canadian Arctic, Ireland, Hawaii, and across the continental United States.
American Scientist’s readers, writers, and editors share the science books that struck their fancy in 2015—summed up in just six words!
What happens in this virtual world—the Dark Net—and why?
An inveterate explorer with an insatiable curiosity about the natural world, Alexander von Humboldt observed flora, fauna, climatic variation, and geology in close detail from continent to continent and described his findings in some of the bestselling volumes of his age.
A brief review of Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science, by Daniel P. Todes
A brief review of Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe, by Lisa Randall
A review essay on Thank You, Madagascar: The Conservation Diaries of Alison Jolly, by Alison Jolly
A brief review of Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words, by Randall Munroe
A brief review of The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, by J. Kenji López-Alt
A brief review of Scientists at War: The Ethics of Cold War Weapons Research, by Sarah Bridger
A brief review of Dragonflies: Magnificent Creatures of Water, Air, and Land, by Pieter van Dokkum
A brief review of Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind, by David J. Linden
A brief review of Creating Symmetry: The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns, by Frank A. Farris
A brief excerpt of Longing for the Bomb: Oak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia, by Lindsey A. Freeman
A brief review of Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail, by Dave Arnold
A brief review of The House of Owls, by Tony Angell
A brief review of On Immunity: An Inoculation, by Eula Biss
Brief reviews of Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time, by Michael Benson, and Infinite Worlds: The People and Places of Space Exploration, by Michael Soluri
A brief review of Cool: How Air Conditioning Changed Everything, by Salvatore Basile
A brief review of Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley, 1985–2000, by Doug Menuez
A brief review of Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth: Weather, Climate Change, and Finding Deep Powder in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains and Around the World, by Jim Steenburgh
A brief review of Talent for Friendship: Rediscovery of a Remarkable Trait, by John Edward Terrell
A brief review of Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues, by Martin J. Blaser
A brief review of Molecules: The Elements and Architecture of Everything, by Theodore Gray, with photographs by Nick Mann
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