Register for an account

X

Enter your name and email address below.

Your email address is used to log in and will not be shared or sold. Read our privacy policy.

X

Website access code

Enter your access code into the form field below.

If you are a Zinio, Nook, Kindle, Apple, or Google Play subscriber, you can enter your website access code to gain subscriber access. Your website access code is located in the upper right corner of the Table of Contents page of your digital edition.

The Sciences

The Best in Books for April

For those people fascinated by Einstein or the grandeur of a redwood forest.

einstein.jpg

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news

Einstein by Walter Isaacson

(Simon & Schuster, $32)

Last year’s release of Albert Einstein’s love letters proved that we still don’t know everything about the celebrated physicist. Isaacs on incorporates these letters—as well as more familiar bits of Einstein lore—into a masterful portrait of the man behind the science. From the teenage atheist who renounced his German citizenship to the peace-activists eptuagenarian who pursued an “equation of everything” on his deathbed,the Einstein in this page-turner is inventive and fallible, with his accomplishments intimately linked to his nonconformity. Anecdotes from Einstein’s life slide seamlessly into accounts of his science; his triumphs appear not as isolated and inexplicable bursts of genius, but as carefully cultivated blooms from a hardworking—if unorthodox—gardener. With such rich raw material, so carefully mined,there is reason to welcome another Einstein biography.

wild-trees-150.jpg

The Wild Trees by Richard Preston

(Random House, $25.95)

Giant redwood trees shared the planet with the dinosaurs, yet somehow survived the asteroid impact. Today the 380-foot titans of Northern California are the tallest trees on Earth, and as old as the Parthenon.Until recently their unexplored crowns were thought to be largely devoid of life. Preston introduces a small band of climbers and scientists obsessed with seeing for themselves. Amidst a jungle gym of trunks and branches, they discover fruiting berry bushes, hanging fern gardens, dwarf oak trees—even tiny crustaceans. Preston joins the pioneers as they sky-walk hundreds of feet above the ground. His complete immersion in his subject makes for a superlative work of narrative nonfiction.

    2 Free Articles Left

    Want it all? Get unlimited access when you subscribe.

    Subscribe

    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In

    Want unlimited access?

    Subscribe today and save 70%

    Subscribe

    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In