Jim Holt probes the most profound scientific and mathematical ideas, such as does time exist, what is infinity, and why do mirrors reverse left to right but not up to down? Excursions into quantum mechanics, string theory, relativity, and logic are brought to a wide audience in this accessible volume by best selling author of Why Does the World Exist?
Publishers Weekly (starred review) says, “Holt delivers this feast of wild genius, oddball thinkers, and sheer creativity in his signature accessible style of writing and playful tone.”
The Secret Life of Science: How It Really Works and Why It Matters by Jeremy J. Baumberg
This dispatch from the front lines of modern science is a provocative look at the cutthroat, tense enterprise that even scientists themselves often don’t fully understand. Professor of nanotechnology and photonics Jeremy J. Baumberg argues that globalization of science and continued growth in number of scientists is not necessarily good for science. This controversial book explains how this hyper-competitive environment is stifling the diversity of research and the resiliency of science itself.
The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect by Judea Pearl and Dana Mackenzie
This book looks at the nature of causality and how the causality movement changed science forever. Beyond just cause and effect, Pearl and Mackenzie analyze how causality shapes human thought and how it could shape artificial thought in the future of AI research.