Science: Jun. 2022, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

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Brusatte, Steve. The Rise and Fall of the Mammals: A New History. Custom House: Morrow. Jun. 2022. 416p. ISBN 9780062951519. $29.99. lrg. prnt. LIFE SCIENCES

Elkins-Tanton, Linda. A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman. Morrow. Jun. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780063086906. $28.99. MEMOIR/SCIENCE

Montgomery, David R. & Anne Biklé. What Your Food Ate: How to Heal Our Land and Reclaim Our Health. Norton. Jun. 2022. 496p. ISBN 9781324004530. $32.50. AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE

Montgomery, Sy. The Hawk’s Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty. Atria. May. 2022. 96p. ISBN 9781668001967. $20. CD. BIRDS

Padilla, Antonio. Fantastic Numbers and Where To Find Them: A Cosmic Quest from Zero to Infinity. Farrar. Jun. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780374600563. $30. PHYSICS

Randall, David K. The Monster’s Bones: The Discovery of T. Rex and How It Shook Our World. Norton. Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781324006534. $27.95. PALEONTOLOGY

Robinson, Kim Stanley. The High Sierra: A Love Story. Little, Brown. Jun. 2022. 560p. ISBN 9780316593014. $40. NATURE

Rovelli, Sy. There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness: And Other Thoughts on Physics, Philosophy and the World. Riverhead. May 2022. 272p. ISBN 9780593192153. $26. Downloadable. PHYSICS

Leading paleontologist Brusatte follows up the New York Times best-selling The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs with The Rise and Fall of the Mammals , summing up a next act that includes humans, whose world dominance has caused an extinction event costing an estimated 80 percent of wild mammals in the last century alone (75,000-copy first printing). In A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman, Elkins-Tanton—principal investigator of NASA’s $800 million Psyche mission—tells her story and that of the nearly all-metal protoplanet 16 Psyche, located in an asteroid belt 589 million kilometers from Earth and optimum not just for mining but more crucially for imparting the story of how planets like ours were formed (50,000-copy first printing). In What Your Food Ate, MacArthur-honored geologist Montgomery joins with biologist Biklé to argue that good health starts with good soil and good farming practices. A National Book Award finalist for The Soul of an Octopus and New York Times best-selling author of The Good Good Pig, Montgomery returns with The Hawk’s Way to describe her work with Jazz, a bright-eyed female Harris’s hawk with a four-foot-plus wingspan and decidedly a predator rather than a pet (60,000-copy printing). Award-winning theoretical physicist and cosmologist Padilla explains Fantastic Numbers and Where To Find Them, plumbing nine numbers explaining how the universe works, from the impossibly large Graham’s number to 10^{-120}, which measures the unlikely balance of energy needed to allow the universe to exist for more than a blink of the eye (100,000-copy first printing). By detailing the discovery of Tyrannosaurus Rex in the Montana wilderness, the New York Times best-selling Randall explains the triumphant emergence of New York’s American Museum of Natural History while also showing how The Monster’s Bones inspired an ongoing fascination with dinosaurs and their role in shaping Earth. Multi-award-winning sf author Robinson recounts everything he’s learned in the more than 100 trips he has taken to The High Sierra since his first, life-changing sojourn in 1973 (50,000-copy first printing). From a theoretical physicist whose international best sellers have gracefully explained to lay readers how the universe works, Rovelli’s There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness offers essays embracing not just science but literature, philosophy, and politics.

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