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Out Cold: A Chilling Descent Into the Macabre, Controversial, Lifesaving History of Hypothermia

Fans of medical history or unexplained phenomena might enjoy Jaekl’s book, given our still-limited understanding of hypothermia.

It’s Elemental: The Hidden Chemistry in Everything

A clear and interesting chemistry book for the non-scientist seeking to understand their world just a little bit more.

The Reason for the Darkness of the Night: Edgar Allan Poe and the Forging of American Science

Fans of the literary Poe will be intrigued by this lesser-known side of the author, and scientists will appreciate an accessible biography.

Full Spectrum: How the Science of Color Made Us Modern

This exploration of the lengths to which humankind has gone to represent the world with fidelity, and the many scientific advances that this quest has generated, will fascinate artists, scientists, and historians alike.

Life’s Edge

A fascinating and well-written mapping of the edges of biology, which will have broad appeal to nonscientists.

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.

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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