Book cover of Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski
Astronomy & Space Science

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

Storm in a Teacup is Helen Czerski’s lively, entertaining, and richly informed introduction to the world of physics. Czerski provides the tools to alter the way we see everything around us by linking ordinary objects and occurrences, like popcorn popping, coffee stains, and fridge magnets, to big ideas like climate change, the energy crisis, or innovative medical testing. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Big Bang of Numbers: How to Build the Universe Using Only Math by Manil Suri
Mathematics

The Big Bang of Numbers: How to Build the Universe Using Only Math

Our universe has multiple origin stories, from religious creation myths to the Big Bang of scientists. But if we leave those behind and start from nothing—no matter, no cosmos, not even empty space—could we create a universe using only math? Irreverent, richly illustrated, and boundlessly creative, The Big Bang of Numbers invites us to try. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Man from the Future: The Visionary Ideas of John von Neumann by Ananyo Bhattacharya
Biography & Autobiography

The Man from the Future: The Visionary Ideas of John von Neumann

An electrifying biography of one of the most extraordinary scientists of the twentieth century and the world he made. The smartphones in our pockets and computers like brains. The vagaries of game theory and evolutionary biology. Nuclear weapons and self-replicating spacecrafts. All bear the fingerprints of one remarkable, yet largely overlooked, man: John von Neumann. […Learn More]

Book cover of Can Fish Count?: What Animals Reveal About Our Uniquely Mathematical Minds by Brian Butterworth
Biological Sciences

Can Fish Count?: What Animals Reveal About Our Uniquely Mathematical Minds

An entertaining investigation of the numerical abilities of animals and our own appetite for arithmetic 

The philosopher Bertrand Russell once observed that realizing that a pair of apples and the passage of two days could somehow both be represented by the concept we call “two” was one of the most astonishing discoveries anyone had ever made. So what do we make of the incredible fact that animals seem to have inherent mathematical abilities? […Learn More]

Book cover of The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter by Paul Steinhardt
Astronomy & Space Science

The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter

One of the most fascinating scientific detective stories of the last fifty years, an exciting quest for a new form of matter. “A riveting tale of derring-do” (Nature), this book reads like James Gleick’s Chaos combined with an Indiana Jones adventure.

When leading Princeton physicist Paul Steinhardt began working in the 1980s, scientists thought they knew all the conceivable forms of matter.  […Learn More]

Book cover of Sailing School: Navigating Science and Skill, 1550-1800 by Margaret E. Schotte
Engineering & Transportation

Sailing School: Navigating Science and Skill, 1550-1800 

Throughout the Age of Exploration, European maritime communities bent on colonial and commercial expansion embraced the complex mechanics of celestial navigation. They developed schools, textbooks, and instruments to teach the new mathematical techniques to sailors. As these experts debated the value of theory and practice, memory and mathematics, they created hybrid models that would have a lasting impact on applied science. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Model Thinker: What You Need to Know to Make Data Work for You by Scott E. Page
Health and Psychology

The Model Thinker: What You Need to Know to Make Data Work for You

Work with data like a pro using this guide that breaks down how to organize, apply, and most importantly, understand what you are analyzing in order to become a true data ninja.

From the stock market to genomics laboratories, census figures to marketing email blasts, we are awash with data. But as anyone who has ever opened up a spreadsheet packed with seemingly infinite lines of data knows, numbers aren’t enough: we need to know how to make those numbers talk. […Learn More]