Between Hope and Fear: A History of Vaccines and Human Immunity by Michael Kinch (July 3)
Between Hope and Fear tells the remarkable story of vaccine-preventable infectious diseases and their social and political implications. While detailing the history of vaccine invention, Kinch reveals the ominous reality that our victories against vaccine-preventable diseases are not permanent―and could easily be undone.
Publishers Weekly says, “Kinch’s argument in favor of reason and science over fear and charlatanism is cogent and well-researched, presenting a large-scale chronological narrative of disease and prevention.”
The Wonderful Mr Willughby: The First True Ornithologist by Tim Birkhead (July 10)
Francis Willughby lived and thrived in the midst of the rapidly accelerating scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. He helped found the Royal Society, differentiated birds through identification of their distinguishing features, and asked questions that were, in some cases, centuries ahead of their time. Rich with glorious detail, The Wonderful Mr Willughby is at once a fascinating insight into a thrilling period of scientific history and an authoritative, lively biography of one of its legendary pioneers.
The Future Then: Fascinating Art & Predictions from 145 Years of Popular Science by The Editors of Popular Science (July 10)
To commemorate the 145th anniversary of Popular Science, this gorgeous, full-color, fun, and lively collection of retro covers from the magazine’s archives explores all those far-flung inventions that never quite made it off the drawing board—from flying cars to personal jet packs—and tracks the evolution of those innovations that did.
Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees by Thor Hanson (July 10)
As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you’ll never overlook them again.
Booklist says, “Hanson…is surprisingly optimistic that we can reform and protect our bees, citing recent research and improved agricultural practices. In Buzz, he states his case while entertainingly recounting human-and-bee history and his own experiences with many bee species.”
Can Science Make Sense of Life? by Sheila Jasanoff (July 16)
Nearly seventy years after the discovery of the structure of DNA and the birth of the genetic age, biology and biotechnology are poised to edit, even rewrite, the texts of life to correct nature’s mistakes. This book looks at flash points in law, politics, ethics, and culture – assisted reproduction, stem cell research, agricultural GMOs, gene drives, creation of synthetic organoids – to argue that science’s promises of perfectibility have gone too far.
At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life by Guy P. Harrison (July 17)
This primer on essential scientific literacy gives readers the basics to understand themselves and the world around them. How old is our planet? Where did it come from and where is it located in the universe? What is everything made of? When did life begin? Who are we as a species and what connections do we share with other life forms? Why is human culture continuously plagued by war, disease, and crime?
Climate in Motion: Science, Empire, and the Problem of Scale by Deborah R. Coen (July 16)
Climate in Motion presents the history of modern climate science as the embodied work of moving between different frameworks for measuring the world. Extending the history of modern climate science back into the nineteenth century, Deborah R. Coen uncovers its roots in the politics of empire-building in central and eastern Europe. In this way, the book offers a critical historical perspective on the concepts of scale that structure thinking about the climate crisis today and the range of possibilities for responding to it.