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Best Science Books of 2021

  • NONFICTION

    FEAR OF A BLACK UNIVERSE

    AUG. 31, 2021

NONFICTION

FEAR OF A BLACK UNIVERSE

by Stephon Alexander

Lush with ideas and bold in its analysis of the status quo, this book reorients our view of science and the universe. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    JOURNEY TO THE EDGE OF REASON

    MAY 11, 2021

  • NONFICTION

    HOW TO MAKE AN APPLE PIE FROM SCRATCH

    AUG. 10, 2021

NONFICTION

HOW TO MAKE AN APPLE PIE FROM SCRATCH

by Harry Cliff

The book for anyone who wants to understand some of the world’s most important scientific questions. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    A HUMAN HISTORY OF EMOTION

    NOV. 2, 2021

  • NONFICTION

    THE DAWN OF EVERYTHING

    NOV. 9, 2021

NONFICTION

THE DAWN OF EVERYTHING

by David Graeber & David Wengrow

A fascinating, intellectually challenging big book about big ideas. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE SECRET OF LIFE

    SEPT. 21, 2021

NONFICTION

THE SECRET OF LIFE

by Howard Markel

A brilliant addition to the literature on the history of biological discovery. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE DISORDERED COSMOS

    MARCH 9, 2021

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