Science and nature books

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Animal Vegetable Criminal by Mary Roach review – when the natural world breaks the law
We complain when wildlife intrudes into human spaces – but who are the real interlopers?

Edward Posnett

20, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow review – have we got our ancestors wrong?
This imaginative attempt to reconfigure humanity’s roots contends that early people were free to shape their own lives

Andrew Anthony

18, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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In brief: The Importance of Being Interested; Small Things Like These; Empireland – review
Robin Ince in conversation with scientists, a brave Irish novella from Claire Keegan, and Sathnam Sanghera’s extraordinary exploration of empire

Ben East

17, Oct, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Baillie Gifford prize reveals ‘outstanding storytelling’ on 2021 shortlist
With subjects ranging from postwar Germany to the fall of Robert Maxwell and the Sackler family, judges praise ‘exciting and invigorating’ finalists

Alison Flood

15, Oct, 2021 @3:15 PM

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The Man from the Future by Ananyo Bhattacharya review – the life of John von Neumann
An expert on everything from game theory to Byzantine history, the inspiration for Dr Strangelove was as brilliant as he was dangerous

Manjit Kumar

13, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Hot Air by Peter Stott review – the battle against climate change denial
A personal account of one climate scientist’s struggle to promote facts in the face of contrarian prejudice

Philip Ball

09, Oct, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Rationality by Steven Pinker review – reason and beyond
Our powers of reason have undoubtedly made the world a better place. So why are we so in thrall to fake news?

Karen Armstrong

07, Oct, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Rationality by Steven Pinker review – it all stands to reason
The cognitive psychologist makes perfect sense in his defence of rational thinking and why our brains often lead us astray

Andrew Anthony

04, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Geoengineering by Gernot Wagner review – a stark warning
Spraying aerosols into the atmosphere may be fraught with risk, but to dismiss it out of hand is irresponsible, a climate scientist argues

Bibi van der Zee

30, Sep, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Covid by Numbers review – how to make sense of the statistics
David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters delve into the detail behind the data and explore the true human cost of the pandemic

Oliver Johnson

30, Sep, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Top 10 books about human consciousness | Charles Foster
Authors from Carl Jung to Aldous Huxley and Susan Blackmore explore the deep mysteries of what it means to be a person

Charles Foster

29, Sep, 2021 @11:00 AM

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The big idea: should scientists run the country?
Covid has put academics like Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance at the heart of government, but smart politicians are essential too

Philip Ball

27, Sep, 2021 @7:00 AM

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