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.

Featured book: The Goodness Paradox, by Richard Wrangham. 

Our species, Homo sapiens, is less violent than any of our primate cousins -- but how did we get that way? A Harvard anthropologist suggests an answer.

And on the nightstand: The Overstory, by Richard Powers; and The Trouble with Gravity, by Richard Panek.

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Featured Books:What is Real? by Adam Becker; and Beyond Weird by Philip Ball.

Quantum physics has been with us for more than 100 years – but what is it actually telling us about the world?

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Featured Book: Adventures in Memory, by Hilde Østby and Ylva Østby


Few things are as fundamental to the human experience as memory. But what exactly is memory?  How do memories actually work, in our brains? And why did we evolve to have memories? 

And on the nightstand: Outside Color, by Mazviita Chirimuuta; and The Invention of Nature, by Andrea Wulf 

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