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.

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.

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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:  On the Move, by Oliver Sacks; and The Clockwork Universe, by Edward Dolnick.

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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 brains.

And on the nightstand: Invisible, by Philip Ball; and Unflattening, by Nick Sousanis.

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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 nightstand:  Orfeo, by Richard Powers; and Why Does the World Exist? By Jim Holt.

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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 live in.

And on the nightstand:  The Moral Landscape, by Sam Harris; and Eureka! By Chad Orzel.

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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 nightstand:  Our Final Hour, by Martin Rees; and Tubes, by Andrew Blum.

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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 had on art and artists.

And on the nightstand:  Logicomix, by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou; and Only the Longest Threads, by Tasneem Zehra Husain.

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