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From Plants to Planets: Our Favorite Coffee-Table Books of 2012

The Editors

Each winter we peruse the year’s large-format books about science and present brief reviews of the ones we like best. As usual, there are plenty of good books to cozy up with, including a treatise on longleaf forests, a book that explains every aspect of bicycles you might wish to know about, and a giant book of planetary imagery. And we're not done yet: More reviews will appear in this space throughout December. Check our Twitter feed (twitter.com/amscimag) to hear when new reviews are posted.

A Supersized View of the Universe: Planetfall, by Michael Benson

At the Heart of Pine: Longleaf, Far As the Eye Can See, by Bill Finch, Beth Maynor Young, Rhett Johnson and John C. Hall

The Power of Two Wheels: Cycling Science, by Max Glaskin

Modern-day Botanicals: Natural Companions, by Ken Druse, photographs by Ellen Hoverkamp

A Map of the Universe: Space Atlas, by James Trefil

Series of Milestones: The Math Book, The Physics Book and The Medical Book, by Clifford Pickover


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