Our Universe; An Astronomer’s Guide by Jo Dunkley. Harvard University Press. Dunkley begins with a look at the solar system and then its evolution.
Third Thoughts by Steven Weinberg. Harvard University Press. A personal, wide-ranging meditation on science and society,
Last Days of the Concorde; The Crash of Flight 4590 and the End of Supersonic Passenger Travel by Samme Chittum. Smithsonian. The end of supersonic passenger service when the Concorde perished en route to America. All passengers and crew were killed.
Saving Talk Therapy; How Health Insurers, Big Pharma, and Slanted Science Are Ruining Good Mental Health Care by Enrico Guaulati. Beacon Press, paper. Managed care and the selective use of science to privilege quick-fix therapies have undermined in-depth psychotherapy.
Carboniferous Giants and Mass Extinction; The Late Paleozoic Ice Age World by George McGhee, Jr. Columbia University Press, paper. Three-hundred million years ago there were dog-sized scorpions and millipedes that were dwarfed by Earth’s rainforests. Then came the Permian mass extinction.
Divination and Human Nature; A Cognitive History of Intuition in Classical Antiquity by Peter Stuck. Princeton University Press, paper. Intuition was thought to be a reading of divine signs, oracles, omens, dreams
Windfall; How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power by Meghan O’Sullivan. Simon & Schuster, paper. Not so certain about its “boosting American power” but this energy abundance has gotten Venezuela and Iran into the same “boat.”