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Bklyn: Best Science Books of 2020

Some of the year's most noteworthy science books of as selected by our librarian Brian Muldoon for WNYC Studio's Science Friday - Best Science Books of 2020 segment.

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Entangled life : how fungi make our worlds, change our minds & shape our futures

Sheldrake, Merlin, author. | Book

Merlin Sheldrake gets deep in the dirt with this wide ranging and ebullient exploration of the mycelial world. In rich poetic passages, he provides an eye opening glimpse into what life is like as a fungus, uncovering the ways their penchant for interconnectedness facilitates so much we rely on and how that may yet serve as a model for building a better world.

Entangled life : how fungi make our worlds, change our minds & shape our futures

Sheldrake, Merlin, author. | eBook

Merlin Sheldrake gets deep in the dirt with this wide ranging and ebullient exploration of the mycelial world. In rich poetic passages, he provides an eye opening glimpse into what life is like as a fungus, uncovering the ways their penchant for interconnectedness facilitates so much we rely on and how that may yet serve as a model for building a better world.

The apocalypse factory : plutonium and the making of the atomic age

Olson, Steve, 1956- author. | Book

While uranium gets much of the attention, it’s plutonium that truly made the nuclear era. Weaving together heavy science with biographical narratives, this nuanced history illuminates the deep societal impact of the rush to mass manufacture this element at the core of the atomic bomb.

The Apocalypse Factory [electronic resource] : Plutonium and the making of the atomic age

Olson, Steve, 1956- author. | eBook

While uranium gets much of the attention, it’s plutonium that truly made the nuclear era. Weaving together heavy science with biographical narratives, this nuanced history illuminates the deep societal impact of the rush to mass manufacture this element at the core of the atomic bomb.

Clean : the new science of skin

Hamblin, James, author. | Book

Both a scientific exploration and social history of how we’ve come to care for our skin in the modern western world. Consistently hilarious and informative, Hamblin makes a surprisingly strong case for never showering again, while not fully abandoning the undeniable benefits of certain hygienic practices.

Clean : the new science of skin and the beauty of doing less

Hamblin, James, author. | eBook

Both a scientific exploration and social history of how we’ve come to care for our skin in the modern western world. Consistently hilarious and informative, Hamblin makes a surprisingly strong case for never showering again, while not fully abandoning the undeniable benefits of certain hygienic practices.

Clean : the new science of skin

Hamblin, James, author. | eAudiobook

Both a scientific exploration and social history of how we’ve come to care for our skin in the modern western world. Consistently hilarious and informative, Hamblin makes a surprisingly strong case for never showering again, while not fully abandoning the undeniable benefits of certain hygienic practices.

Race after technology : abolitionist tools for the new Jim code

Benjamin, Ruha, author. | Book

A blistering and necessary look at how emerging technologies reproduce and, in some cases, deepen social inequality. Pushing past claims of neutrality by its developers, Benjamin exhibits how everything from automatic soap dispensers to predictive algorithms are built, whether intentionally or not, on a range of discriminatory designs that uphold long standing racial hierarchies.

Race after technology : abolitionist tools for the new Jim code

Benjamin, Ruha, author. |

A blistering and necessary look at how emerging technologies reproduce and, in some cases, deepen social inequality. Pushing past claims of neutrality by its developers, Benjamin exhibits how everything from automatic soap dispensers to predictive algorithms are built, whether intentionally or not, on a range of discriminatory designs that uphold long standing racial hierarchies.

Black hole survival guide

Levin, Janna, author. | Book

A delightfully engaging (and illustrated!) little book that uses deft analogies and warm prose to make the mind-bending complexity of black holes easy to comprehend. With contagious enthusiasm, Janna Levin walks through the various controversies and contradictions surrounding this particularly sticky astrophysical phenomenon, making a compelling case for understanding black holes as key to understanding the nature of the cosmos.

The future earth [electronic resource] : a radical vision for what's possible in the age of warming

Holthaus, Eric. | eBook

Starting from a place of despair and ending in one of radical optimism, this book is a bold call for a sweeping social and economic revolution to combat the threat of climate change. The solutions detailed show that, in its current state, the crisis is as much one of imagination as looming ecological collapse.

The future Earth : a radical vision for what's possible in the age of warming

Holthaus, Eric, author | eAudiobook

Starting from a place of despair and ending in one of radical optimism, this book is a bold call for a sweeping social and economic revolution to combat the threat of climate change. The solutions detailed show that, in its current state, the crisis is as much one of imagination as looming ecological collapse.

Ocean! Waves for All

McAnulty, Stacy/ Litchfield, David (ILT) |

Told with a lightness and humor that doesn’t skimp on the science this brightly illustrated picture book provides young readers with a lively overview of the formation and history of the ocean.

Ocean! waves for all [electronic resource] : Our universe series, book 4.

McAnulty, Stacy. | eBook

Told with a lightness and humor that doesn’t skimp on the science this brightly illustrated picture book provides young readers with a lively overview of the formation and history of the ocean.

Ocean! : waves for all

McAnulty, Stacy, author. | eAudiobook

Told with a lightness and humor that doesn’t skimp on the science this brightly illustrated picture book provides young readers with a lively overview of the formation and history of the ocean.