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Science is Fun! New Science Books

Check out the new science books we’ve added since July!

January 11, 2021

Science educator Bill Nye and the word SCIENCECheck out the new science we’ve added since July!

In this list:

  • Science!
  • Ecology and climate
  • Animals
  • People and culture
  • Stars and space

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Science!

Decoding the World

Decoding the World

Po Bronson

Find out where our world is headed with a first-hand account of inventing the future from the #1 New York Times best-selling author of What Should I Do With My Life? and the founder of science accelerator IndieBio.

A Walk Around the Block

A Walk Around the Block

Spike Carlsen

The best-selling author of A Splintered History of Wood reveals the science behind an everyday walk in his hometown, explaining how each biological and created component of an urban landscape impacts and shapes its life.

 

Ecology and Climate

Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Explains how developing a wider ecological consciousness can foster an increased understanding of both nature’s generosity and the reciprocal relationship humans have with the natural world.

Entangled Life

Entangled Life

Merlin Sheldrake

Citing the ubiquitous role of fungi in the environment, a scientific tour of examples ranging from yeast to psychedelics reveals the complex fungi networks that link plants together and make most biological life processes possible.

The Fragile Earth

The Fragile Earth

David Remnick

A wide-ranging anthology of The New Yorker’s groundbreaking reporting on the front lines of climate change includes Bill McKibben’s seminal The End of Nature, the Pulitzer Prize-winning work of Elizabeth Kolbert and more.

A Furious Sky

A Furious Sky

Eric Jay Dolin

A best-selling author tells the history of America itself through its 500-year battle with the fury of hurricanes.

The Hidden Life of Ice

The Hidden Life of Ice

Marco Tedesco

A pioneering researcher’s illuminating account of Arctic ice—its secret history and dire future. Tedesco unearths its secrets—from evidence of long-extinct “polar camels” to fantastically weird microorganisms living at freezing temperature in cryoconite holes—and weaves together the bald facts on climate change with poetic reflections on this endangered landscape, epic tales of Arctic explorers, and the legends of the rare local populations.

Lawns into Meadows

Lawns into Meadows

Owen Wormser

Landscape designer Owen Wormser makes a case for the power and generosity of meadows. In a world where lawns have wreaked havoc on our natural ecosystems, meadows offer a compelling solution.

Leave It As It Is

Leave It As It Is

David Gessner

An environmental clarion call is told through a New York Times best-selling author’s wilderness road trip inspired by America’s greatest conservationist, Theodore Roosevelt.

Living Without Plastic

Living Without Plastic

Brigette Allen and Christine Wong

An illustrated guide to reducing personal plastic waste counsels readers on how to understand plastic terminology, listing more than 100 alternatives to everyday single-use items, from water bottles and straws to cosmetics and grocery bags.

Notes from an Apocalypse

Notes from an Apocalypse

Mark O’Connell

Both investigative and deeply personal, the award-winning author, in this time of worst-case scenarios, crosses the globe in search of answers on how to come to grips with the future, in this affecting, humorous and surprising hopeful meditation on our present moment.

The Story of More

The Story of More

Hope Jahren

An award-winning geobiologist recognized by Time as one of the most influential people in the world describes how the science behind key inventions has helped us, but ultimately hurt the earth, and offers science-based tools for fighting back.

Superman's Not Coming

Superman’s Not Coming

Erin Brockovich

The environmental activist and consumer advocate, whose case against Pacific Gas and Electric was dramatized in an Oscar-winning film, looks at our present situation with water and reveals the imminent threats and shows us how we can each take action.

World of Wonders

World of Wonders

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

From beloved, award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a debut work of nonfiction—a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.

 

Animals

The Book of Eels

The Book of Eels

Patrik Svensson

A first book by the Sydsvenskan arts and culture journalist draws on research in literature, history and marine biology in a portrait of the enigmatic European eel that share insights into the species’ complicated origins and nature.

Dog's Best Friend

Dog’s Best Friend

Simon Garfield

The award-winning author of Just My Type presents an uplifting meditation on the relationship between humans and their canine companions and how it has endured for millennia, expanding and inspiring science, history and culture.

Fathoms

Fathoms

Rebecca Giggs

Blending together natural history, philosophy and science, this stunning meditation on the extraordinary lives of whales takes readers on an exploration of the natural world to reveal what whales can teach us about ourselves, our planet and our relationship to other species.

Honey and Venom

Honey and Venom

Andrew Coté

A fourth-generation beekeeper describes the work of the Bees Without Borders organization, the quirky personalities he has encountered throughout his career and the remarkable apiaries he maintains on iconic buildings throughout New York City.

The Language of Butterflies

The Language of Butterflies

 Wendy Williams

The New York Times best-selling author of The Horse explores the lives of one of the world’s most resilient creatures—the butterfly—shedding light on the role that they play in our ecosystem and in our human lives.

The Meaning of Meow

The Meaning of Meow

Pamela Weintraub

Some of the world’s top experts, including devoted veterinarians, open a window into the minds of our feline friends.

The Meaning of Woof

The Meaning of Woof

Pamela Weintraub

Learn how to decipher all the barks, licks, growls and wags and get a greater understanding of what your dog is trying to communicate to you, and why.

Owls of the Eastern Ice

Owls of the Eastern Ice

 Jonathan C. Slaght

A field conservationist tracks his five-year study of the elusive Blakiston’s fish owl of eastern Russia, where his small scientific monitoring team immersed themselves in local culture while learning about the species’ survival behaviors and shrinking habitat.

Tales From the Ant World

Tales From the Ant World

Edward O. Wilson

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard professor emeritus and author of Anthill shares eloquent descriptions of his natural-world encounters with ants, from his boyhood explorations in the Alabama woods to his perilous journeys into the Brazilian rainforest.

 

People and Culture

Clean: The New Science of Skin

Clean: The New Science of Skin

James Hamblin

A lively introduction to the new science of skin microbes and probiotics draws on expert and alternative-treatment insights to clarify contradictory recommendations and explain how to cultivate a healthy and natural biome for optimal skin health.

Fossil Men

Fossil Men

Kermit Pattison

Profiling remarkable contributing scientists from Tim White to Owen Lovejoy, a behind-the-scenes account of the 1994 discovery of Ardipithecus ramidus, a 4.4 million-year-old early human, explains how her fossil remains inform current understandings about human evolution.

Humankind: A Hopeful History

Humankind: A Hopeful History

Rutger Bregman

Challenges popular conceptions of an innately selfish human race to offer new historical and evolutionary perspectives that argue we are more hardwired for kindness, cooperation and trust.

Humans

Humans

Brandon Stanton

The best-selling creator of Humans of New York draws on his international travels to chronicle the universal experiences of real people in 40 countries whose everyday hardships reflect the state of the world today.

An Outsider's Guide to Humans

An Outsider’s Guide to Humans

Camilla Pang

An investigation into human nature and its social norms, written by a scientist with Asperger’s syndrome perspectives, includes such subjects as the role of proteins in relationships and what thermodynamics can reveal about life balance.

Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain

Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain

Lisa Feldman Barrett

The author of How Emotions Are Made shares seven concise essays on such topics as how the human mind evolved, common misunderstandings about the brain and what is being discovered on the front lines of neuroscience research.

The Unidentified

The Unidentified

Colin Dickey

The co-editor of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology and author of Ghostland examines the world’s most persistent unexplained phenomena, from Atlantis and alien encounters to Flat Earth and the Loch Ness monster, to explore their origins and historical endurance.

The Upswing

The Upswing

Robert D. Putnam

The Harvard political scientist and best-selling author of Bowling Alone analyzes the economic, social and political trends that have transformed America from an individualistic to a communitarian society, and back again, throughout the past century.

The WEIRDest People in the World

The WEIRDest People in the World

Joseph Henrich

An anthropologist investigates WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic) people and their peculiar traits, like being highly individualistic, self-obsessed, control-oriented, nonconformist and analytical, that have impacted cultural transformations and profoundly shaped the modern world.

 

Stars and Space

The End of Everything

The End of Everything

Katie Mack

From one a dynamic rising star in astrophysics comes an accessible and eye-opening look at five ways the universe could end, and the mind-blowing lessons each scenario reveals about the most important concepts in cosmology.

The Last Stargazers

The Last Stargazers

Emily Levesque

An award-winning astronomer shares findings from her remarkable career, detailing how today’s scientists are going beyond mechanical limitations to innovate creative new approaches to exploring space and her own role in discovering a new species of star.