Wade Lee-Smith

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Life’s Edge

A fascinating and well-written mapping of the edges of biology, which will have broad appeal to nonscientists.
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Chemistry for Breakfast: The Amazing Science of Everyday Life

Intellectually curious non-scientists who can’t watch Nguyen-Kim’s explainer videos in their original German and who may find a textbook approach daunting should enjoy this quick tour of everyday chemistry.

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

A sobering and realistic look at humankind’s perhaps misplaced faith that technology can work with nature to produce a more livable planet.
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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need

Gates attempts to chart a realistic path toward a carbon-neutral future, but remains a techno-optimist at heart. Readers looking for hope in technological and market-based solutions to climate change will appreciate this straightforward analysis.
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The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything

Despite some flaws, this is a solid introduction to the topic, and physics novices may find that it whets their appetite for more.

Best Science & Technology Books of 2020

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Fossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind

Compelling science centered on a polarizing personality, this is perfect for National Geographic readers who want to dig deep into the human evolutionary tree.

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Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It

Recommended as a note of encouragement or a roadmap for legal and political organizing for environmentally concerned citizens.
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The Fragile Earth: Writing from The New Yorker on Climate Change

A well-selected collection of reportage and reflection that will find a place on the bookshelves of all interested in environmental history.
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