Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors

04 June 2020 | By Matt Parker | Filed in: science nature.

The author explains how the misuse of math creates problems Mathematical errors often include mistaking units pounds for kilograms, feet for meters , and misunderstanding probabilistic and statistical statements Parker also presents examples of users of computer software not fully understanding t

Letters From An Astrophysicist

04 June 2020 | By Neil deGrasse Tyson | Filed in: science nature.

The natural follow up to the phenomenal bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry n nAstrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has attracted one of the world s largest online followings with his fascinating, widely accessible insights into science and our universe Now, Tyson invites us to go behind the

Wilding

04 June 2020 | By Isabella Tree | Filed in: science nature.

Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy clay of their land at Knepp in West Sussex was economically unsustainable, Isabella Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell made a spectacular leap of faith they decided to step back and let nature take over Thanks to the introduction of free roami

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

04 June 2020 | By Peter Godfrey-Smith | Filed in: science nature.

Although mammals and birds are widely regarded as the smartest creatures on earth, it has lately become clear that a very distant branch of the tree of life has also sprouted higher intelligence the cephalopods, consisting of the squid, the cuttlefish, and above all the octopus In captivity, octop

How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

04 June 2020 | By Sy Montgomery | Filed in: science nature.

National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals her friends who have profoundly affected her in this stunning, poetic, and life affirming memoir featuring illustrations by Rebecca Green.Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be t

Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond

04 June 2020 | By Sonia Shah | Filed in: science nature.

Scientists agree that a pathogen is likely to cause a global pandemic in the near future But which one And how n nOver the past fifty years, than three hundred infectious diseases have either newly emerged or reemerged, appearing in territories where they ve never been seen before Ninety perc

Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver

04 June 2020 | By Jill Heinerth | Filed in: science nature.

From one of the world s most renowned cave divers, a firsthand account of exploring the earth s final frontier the hidden depths of our oceans and the sunken caves inside our planetMore people have died exploring underwater caves than climbing Mount Everest, and we know about deep space than w

Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us

04 June 2020 | By Ruth Kassinger | Filed in: science nature.

No organisms are important to life as we know it than algae In Slime, Ruth Kassinger gives this under appreciated group its due Elizabeth Kolbert Say algae and most people think of pond scum What they don t know is that without algae, none of us would exist There are as many algae on E

Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To

04 June 2020 | By Dean Burnett | Filed in: science nature.

The brain is an absolute marvel the seat of our consciousness, the pinnacle so far of evolutionary progress, and the engine of human experience But it s also messy, fallible, and about 50,000 years out of date We cling to superstitions, remember faces but not names, miss things sitting right in

A Short History of Nearly Everything

04 June 2020 | By Bill Bryson | Filed in: science nature.

In Bryson s biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge to understand and, if possible, answer the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from

A Brief History of Time

04 June 2020 | By Stephen Hawking | Filed in: science nature.

In the ten years since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking s classic work has become a landmark volume in scientific writing, with than nine million copies in forty languages sold worldwide That edition was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the origins and nature of the uni

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

04 June 2020 | By Elizabeth Kolbert | Filed in: science nature.

Over the last half billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impac

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

04 June 2020 | By Rebecca Skloot | Filed in: science nature.

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells taken without her knowledge became one of the most important tools in medicine The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they