Brainy Reads: Prime Science and Tech Books of 2014
There was a flood of nice science and know-how books launched in 2014. Whether or not you’re fascinated by the race to separate the atom or by life on alien worlds, listed here are a number of the prime reads of the yr — simply in time for the vacations.
The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Period (Craig Nelson) — This epic take a look at the nuclear age (starting from the invention of the X-ray to the catastrophe at Fukushima) acquired glowing critiques from critics.
The Copernicus Complicated: Our Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets and Chances (Caleb Scharf) — Astrophysicist Caleb Scharf solutions the query each "Star Trek" fan has all the time questioned: "What are the chances that there’s life on different planets?"
Proof: The Science of Booze (Adam Rogers) — Cannot afford a bottle of 23-yr-previous Pappy Van Winkle? This deep dive into the science and historical past of alcohol is perhaps the subsequent neatest thing.
Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Found the Trendy Universe (Alan Hirshfeld) — From the physicist who wrote "The Electrical Lifetime of Michael Faraday" comes this historical past of astronomy courting again to the Victorian period.
The Finish of Absence: Reclaiming What We have Misplaced in a World of Fixed Connection (Michael Harris) — A take a look at how the barrage of texts, OKCupid messages, Netflix binges and extra is affecting our brains and our society.
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution (Walter Isaacson) — Recent off his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson takes a take a look at the individuals who made computer systems and the Web attainable.
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