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The Accidental Universe

The physics behind reality may be hard to grasp -- but that doesn't mean you can't have fun trying.

 

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Butterfly People

A new look at Lepidoptera fanatics spreads its wings wide.

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My Beloved Brontosaurus

Our fascination with dinosaurs is in no danger of extinction.

 

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Hallucinations

The world inside can seem realer than any other.

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Spillover

When animal infections make the jump to human hosts.

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Gravity's Engines

How black holes paint the universe, and other wonders of the cosmos.

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Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

A guide to understanding what we do when we aren't awake.

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Experiment Eleven: Dark Secrets Behind the Discovery of a Wonder Drug

Backstabbing and lies in the lab, with a Nobel Prize on the line.

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Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

The story of the computer's creation.

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A Whole Lot of Nothing

Forget about the Big Bang. Why would there be anything to bang at all?

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The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess

An unexpected inheritance meets a family's religious fervor, with calamitous results.

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The Compass of Pleasure

 A neuroscientist looks at the power of feeling good.

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Field Notes on Science and Nature

A revealing and inspiring look at where and how scientific ideas take shape.

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A Planet of Viruses

The most abundant life form on earth holds surprising secrets about humanity.

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The Disappearing Spoon

A history of the periodic table romps playfully through the chemistry labs of the past.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The fascinating and moving story of a woman’s biological legacy raises painful questions. Read more...

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.