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Favorite science books of 2018

From tales about whales to enthralling scientific histories and the memoir of a frustrated astrophysicist, 2018 was a banner year for science books
  1. The Truth About Animals
    Lucy CookeZoologist debunks myths about bats, pandas.
  2. Spying On Whales
    Nick Pyenson –
    A palaeontologist dives into the animals’ past, exploring how some of Earth’s most intelligent species came to be, and their uncertain future.
  3. Eager
    Ben Goldfarb – A science writer explains how the dam-building rodents are actually vital ecosystem engineers that can create or expand habitats that benefit the entire wildlife community.
  4. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs
    Steve Brusatte – In this memoir, a palaeontologist blends experiences from his career with evolutionary science to take readers on an engrossing journey through time.
  5. The Big Ones
    Lucy Jones – An astrophysicist’s dream of winning a Nobel Prize turned to dust after a promising experiment failed to find the first definitive evidence of cosmic inflation.
  6. The Poisoned City
    Anna Clark –  a Journalist explores the public health crisis that began in Flint, Mich.
  7. The Poison Squad
    Deborah Blum – A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist tells the story of a government chemist at the turn of the 20th century and his mission to make food safe in the United States.
  8. She Has Her Mother’s Laugh
    Carl Zimmer – This comprehensive history recounts how researchers have come to understand genetic inheritance.
  9. Genetics in the Madhouse
    Theodore M. Porter – Using archival records, a science historian traces the origins of the study of human heredity to insane asylums in the 1800s.

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