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From neurons to nanotech and from quarks to the cosmos, BookLab is the podcast that puts science books under the microscope! Join hosts Dan Falk and Amanda Gefter for a look at the latest in popular science writing: what’s new, what’s hot, and what you ought to be reading right now.

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From neurons to nanotech and from quarks to the cosmos, BookLab is the podcast that puts science books under the microscope! Join hosts Dan Falk and Amanda Gefter for a look at the latest in popular science writing: what’s new, what’s hot, and what you ought to be reading right now.

    BookLab 023: The Feeling of Life Itself, Supernavigators, and The Math of Life & Death

    BookLab 023: The Feeling of Life Itself, Supernavigators, and The Math of Life & Death

    Featured book: The Feeling of Life Itself, by Christof Koch.
    A neuroscientist who’s spent decades studying the puzzle of consciousness explores the problem of how the brain gives rise to the mind.
    And on the nightstand: Supernavigators, by David Barrie; and The Math of Life and Death, by Kit Yates.

    • 53 min
    BookLab 022: The Number of the Heavens, and Something Deeply Hidden

    BookLab 022: The Number of the Heavens, and Something Deeply Hidden

    It’s one of the most provocative ideas in all of science – the notion that our universe might just an infinitesimal part of a much larger reality.  In this episode, we look at two new books that take us deep into the multiverse: The Number of the Heavens, by Tom Siegfried; and Something Deeply Hidden, by Sean Carroll.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    BookLab 021: The Goodness Paradox; The Overstory; The Trouble with Gravity

    BookLab 021: The Goodness Paradox; The Overstory; The Trouble with Gravity

    Featured book: The Goodness Paradox, by Richard Wrangham. 
    Our species, Homo sapiens, is less violent than any of our primate cousins -- but how did we get that way? A Harvard anthropologist suggests an answer.
    And on the nightstand: The Overstory, by Richard Powers; and The Trouble with Gravity, by Richard Panek.

    • 48 min
    BookLab 020: What is Real? and Beyond Weird

    BookLab 020: What is Real? and Beyond Weird

    Featured Books:What is Real? by Adam Becker; and Beyond Weird by Philip Ball.
    Quantum physics has been with us for more than 100 years – but what is it actually telling us about the world?

    • 44 min
    BookLab 019: Adventures in Memory; Outside Color; The Invention of Nature

    BookLab 019: Adventures in Memory; Outside Color; The Invention of Nature

    Featured Book: Adventures in Memory, by Hilde Østby and Ylva Østby
     
    Few things are as fundamental to the human experience as memory. But what exactly is memory?  How do memories actually work, in our brains? And why did we evolve to have memories? 
    And on the nightstand: Outside Color, by Mazviita Chirimuuta; and The Invention of Nature, by Andrea Wulf 

    • 52 min
    BookLab 018: Lost in Math; Through Two Doors at Once; The Order of Time

    BookLab 018: Lost in Math; Through Two Doors at Once; The Order of Time

    Featured Book:Lost in Math, by Sabine Hossenfelder
    Physics made enormous progress in the 20th century – but Sabine Hossenfelder says we’ve reached a dead-end in the 21st, because today’s physicists take their equations too seriously.
    And on the nightstand: Through Two Doors at Once, by Anil Ananthaswamy; and The Order of Time, by Carlo Rovelli. 

    • 55 min

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Smart discussion of current popular science books

After reading "Tresspassing on Einstein's Lawn" I searched for more by Amanda Gefter and stumbled on this gem. The hosts take the time for a serious discussion of the merits of good new books on scientific topics for general audiences. Very Good!

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It’s more than a book review. These 2 science journalists engage with the issues and they do it in a smart manner. I hope this podcast gains some steam and they keep doing this good work. Listen to them.

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