Heaven on Earth: How Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, and Galileo Discovered the Modern World

Today we take for granted that a telescope allows us to see galaxies millions of light years away But before its invention, people used nothing than their naked eye to fathom what took place in the visible sky So how did four men in the 1500 s of different nationality, age, religion, and

The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness

From one of America s most courageous young journalists NPR comes a propulsive narrative history investigating the 50 year old mystery behind a dramatic experiment that changed the course of modern medicine For centuries, doctors have struggled to define mental illness how do you diagnose it,

Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers

A chilling, globe spanning detective story, tracking an elite group of Russian hackers and the future of global warfare In 2014, the world witnessed the start of an escalating series of cyberattacks Targeting American utility companies, NATO, and electric grids in Eastern Europe, the strikes became

You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It's Making the World a Weirder Place

AS HEARD ON NPR S SCIENCE FRIDAY Discover the book that Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Daniel Pink, and Adam Grant want you to read this year, an accessible, informative, and hilarious introduction to the weird and wonderful world of artificial intelligence Ryan North You look like a thing and

User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work, and Play

In User Friendly, Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant reveal the untold story of a paradigm that quietly rules our modern lives the assumption that machines should anticipate what we need Spanning over a century of sweeping changes, from women s rights to the Great Depression to World War II to the

Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives—and Save Theirs

Abook that offers hope The New York Times Book Review Richard Louv has done it again A remarkable book that will help everyone break away from their fixed gaze at the screens that dominate our lives and remember instead that we are animals in a world of animals Bill McKibben, author of

All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon's Perspective on Climate Change

All Hell Breaking Loose is an eye opening examination of climate change from the perspective of the U.S military.The Pentagon, unsentimental and politically conservative, might not seem likely to be worried about climate change still linked, for many people, with polar bears and coral reefs Yet of

The Overstory

The Overstory is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of and paean to the natural world From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers s twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from