New York Review of Books
, Freeman Dyson
Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein—Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe
The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic
, commending author Jonathan Rottenberg for broadening the cultural conversation around depression. In addition, both
Mindless, by Simon Head, and
The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert, earn starred reviews.
Reviewer Robin Marantz Henig in the
New York Times
reports having a mixed reaction to Amanda Gefter’s science memoir
Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn.
interviews physicist Michio Kaku on neuroscience, human consciousness, technology, and their intersections. An
excerpt of his book
The Future of the Mind
accompanies the interview.
Los Angeles Times
, Tom Zoellner’s exploration of six legendary railways that deepens into “a train lover's celebration of the great epic story of rail travel itself.”
Brain Pickings and NPR blog
13.7 Cosmos and Culture dip into the ideas found in
What Should We Be Worried About?
, edited by John Brockman—founder of discussion forum
—the latest compendium of leading thinkers’ answers to Brockman’s annual question. (Past questions include “What are you optimistic about?” and “What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?”)
discusses neuroeconomist Gregory Berns’s book
How Dogs Love Us
offers a list of the top ten books on sustainability from 2013. Also, in case you missed it
Brain Pickings ran a worthy roundup of science and technology books published in 2013. If you wish to time travel a bit further back than 2013 for your best-of lists, our classic compilation of
“100 or so Books That Shaped a Century of Science" includes popular science texts and monographs, as well as a handful of fiction.
News from the world of science books publishing, including book review venues, presses, new technologies for the book, and more.
Naturalist, reporter, and novelist Peter Matthiessen—author of
The Snow Leopard, The Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness, Blue Meridian: The Search for the Great White Shark,
The Tree Where Man Was Born
, among many other books about the natural world—has
New online life-sciences magazine
Mosaic has published a
conversation with cognitive psychologist and author Steven Pinker.
notes that a film adaptation of Blake Harris’s book
Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation
, due May 13, is already in the works.
reports that audiobook sales continue to increase. Incidentally, its 2013 Listen Up Awards list for
the year’s best audiobooks includes
Confessions of a Sociopath
, authored by the pseudonymous M. E. Thomas and read by Bernadette Sullivan.
David Waltner-Toews’s book
The Origin of Feces: What Excrement Tells Us About Evolution, Ecology, and a Sustainable Society
was among the finalists for the
’s annual Diagram Prize, which honors the oddest book title. Alas, science ultimately lost out to etiquette: A book from Prion Press,
How to Poo on a Date, has
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