Annual Science Reads for the Holidays

Got someone on your holiday list who needs a book? Trick question. Of course you do, everyone needs books! Here are a few new science reads worth giving — or keeping for yourself.

By Gemma Tarlach
Dec 10, 2018 12:00 AMNov 18, 2019 3:33 AM


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Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood By Rose George Don’t be squeamish about picking up this lively investigation of everything from medicinal leeches to blood-borne pathogens to profiting off plasma. George’s sanguine writing is flush with fascinating details.

Einstein’s Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes  By Chris Impey Astronomer Impey’s accessible approach breaks down complex scientific concepts with ease and flair, name-checking everyone from Edgar Allen Poe to Pink Floyd as he lays out what we think we know about black holes — and what remains mysterious.

Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots  By Kate Devlin A chance conversation in a pub while attending a conference led Devlin down what might sound like a dark alley: the world of sex robots. But the AI researcher’s quest is full of humor and candor as she searches for answers to all the questions you’re probably asking right now. Yes, even that one.

How to Love the Universe: A Scientist’s Odes to the Hidden Beauty Behind the Visible World By Stefan Klein Physicist Klein weaves together scientific discovery and whimsy on topics ranging from entanglement to forecasting the weather in this delightful collection of ruminations on life, the universe and everything else.

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