By Dan Falk and Amanda Gefter
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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.
||CleanBookLab 014: The Big Picture; You Belong to the Universe; Time Travel||Featured Book: The Big Picture, by Sean Carroll. Do our lives have any significance in a universe of impersonal particles and forces and physical laws? That’s a big question – but a physicist with an eye on the big picture takes a shot at...||12/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBookLab 013: The Gene; Surfing Uncertainty; Black Hole Blues||Featured Book: The Gene, by Siddhartha Mukherjee. The gene shapes who we are. While the science of genetics is still fairly young, it’s advancing at a breakneck speed. What will we do with this new knowledge? And on the nightstand: Surfing...||9/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBookLab 012: Spooky Action at a Distance; Why Information Grows; Inventology||Featured Book: Spooky Action at a Distance, by George Musser. Quantum entanglement is one of the strangest ideas in modern physics – and could end up changing the way we think about space and time. And on the nightstand: Why Information Grows, by...||6/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBookLab 011: Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs; The Brain; Seven Brief Lessons on Physics||Featured Book: Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, by Lisa Randall. A physicist puts forward a bold idea about how the dinosaurs met their demise – and the role that an exotic kind of matter may have played. And on the nightstand: The Brain,...||4/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBookLab 010: Ada’s Algorithm and It Began with Babbage||Featured Books: Ada’s Algorithm, by James Essinger; and It Began with Babbage, by Subrata Dasgupta. Two new books look at the history of the computer – the invention that would usher in the modern age.||1/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBookLab 009: Sapiens and The Upright Thinkers||Two new books look at the history of our species, the rise of science, and how one puny primate conquered the planet: The Upright Thinkers, by Leonard Mlodinov; and Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari.||10/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBookLab 008: The Patient Will See You Now; On the Move; The Clockwork Universe||Featured Book: The Patient Will See You Now, by Eric Topol. Eric Topol says medicine itself has been sick for years – but he’s confident that we can use digital technology to improve the health care system. And on the nightstand: ...||6/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBookLab 007: Mind Change; Invisible; Unflattening||Featured Book: Mind Change, by Susan Greenfield. Digital technology is all around us, and there’s more of it every day. It’s changing the way we live our lives – and neuroscientist Susan Greenfield says it’s also affecting our...||4/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBookLab 006: The Island of Knowledge; Orfeo; Why Does the World Exist?||Featured Book: The Island of Knowledge, by Marcelo Gleiser. Are there limits to what science can discover? Marcelo Gleiser says that no matter how far science progresses, there’s always something that’s unknowable. And on the...||3/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBookLab 005: The Human Age; The Moral Landscape; Eureka!||Featured Book: The Human Age, by Diane Ackerman. Human beings have completely transformed the planet, and even greater changes lie ahead. According to Diane Ackerman, we must now harness human creativity and create the world we want to...||2/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBookLab 004: Superintelligence; Our Final Hour; Tubes||Featured Book: Superintelligence, by Nick Bostrom. Within a few decades, our computers could be smarter than we are. According to Nick Bostrom, we should be afraid of where Artificial Intelligence may lead us. And on the...||2/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBookLab 003: Colliding Worlds; Logicomix; Only the Longest Threads||Featured Book: Colliding Worlds, by Arthur I. Miller. The art-science connection: Over the last 50 years, the world of modern art has been completely transformed, Arthur I. Miller argues, because of the influence that modern science has...||1/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBookLab 002: Consciousness and the Brain; Time Reborn; The Idea Factory||Featured Book: Consciousness and the Brain, by Stanislas Deheane. Stanislas Deheane tackles the problem of consciousness, and tells us how his own research is helping to explain how that three-and-a-half pound lump of squishy gray mater inside...||12/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBookLab 001: Our Mathematical Universe; A Universe from Nothing; Me Myself and Why||Featured Book: Our Mathematical Universe, by Max Tegmark. How many universes are there, anyway? Physicist Max Tegmark says there could be an infinite number of them, and he argues the case in his latest book. And on the nightstand: ...||12/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
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.
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!