About CSR Book Reviews

Every fall and spring, our crew of doctors and scientists review the season’s most intriguing popular science offerings.

Latest Book Reviews

The Roommates You Hate… But Can’t Live Without

Tanvi Butola squirms at the thought of countless microbes colonizing her home -- but Rob Dunn's engaging new book may convince her to throw out the Lysol

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The Algorithms That Rule Your Life

Kate Storey-Fisher tours the miraculous but disturbing world of robot judges and self-driving cars in Hannah Fry's new book

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Sex, Lies, and Women

Elizabeth Harris is fascinated by Wednesday Martin's iconoclastic view of female monogamy, but questions her conclusions

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The Thicket Of Life

The Tree of Life is more of a thicket, Beth Walters learns in David Quammen's fascinating new book

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The Key To Success? It’s Not What You Think

György Buzsáki couldn't put down László Barabási’s latest on how to succeed in business (or art or science), but the recipe is not what he'd hoped

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Canary In The Climate Change Coal Mine

Lauren Oakes' ecological memoir leaves Mariyah Saiduddin sad but hopeful

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Did We Get It Wrong On GMOs?

Nicholas DelRose ponders author Mark Lynas’s journey from opponent to advocate

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Pilgrims In Another Dimension

Has physics gone off the deep end? Mark Wyman wades into the argument with Sabine Hossenfelder's new book

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Abandon All Hope

Qiuling Li accompanies Barbara Lipska on her hellish descent into mental illness, and her triumphant return.

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Urban Philosophy

Can smart cities be too smart? Susan Sheng ponders this and other urban studies quandaries in Richard Sennett's new book

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Full Review Archive

The Book That Changed America Book by Randall Fuller | Review by Angelika Manhart Building and Dwelling Book by Richard Sennett | Review by Susan Sheng The Consciousness Instinct Book by Michael S. Gazzaniga | Review by Farah Abdul-Rahman A Crack in Creation Book by Jennifer A. Doudna and Samuel H. Sternberg | Review by Rhea Datta A Different Kind Of Animal Book by Robert Boyd | Review by Marcela Coronado Enlightenment Now Book by Steven Pinker | Review by Sophia Domokos The Evolution of Beauty Book by Richard O. Prum | Review by Alessio Travaglia Exoplanets Book by Michael Summers and James Trefil | Review by Criseyda Martinez The Fears of the Rich, The Needs of the Poor Book by William H. Foege | Review by Alice Fok The Formula Book by Albert-László Barabási | Review by György Buzsáki The Future of Humanity Book by Michio Kaku | Review by Milica Bulajić The Gene Machine Book by Bonnie Rochman | Review by Evelyn Litwinoff Goldilocks and the Water Bears Book by Louisa Preston | Review by Jorge Jaramillo Hello World Book by Hannah Fry | Review by Kate Storey-Fisher How Emotions are Made Book by Lisa Feldman Barrett | Review by Aaron Katzman I Contain Multitudes Book by Ed Yong | Review by Maria Pokrovskii The Influential Mind Book by Tali Sharot | Review by Kaitlyn R. Scacalossi In Search of the Canary Tree Book by Lauren E. Oakes | Review by Mariyah Saiduddin Into the Grey Zone Book by Adrian Owen | Review by Julia Derk Kin Book by John L. Ingraham | Review by Margret Veltman Life 3.0 Book by Max Tegmark | Review by Dervla Kelly Life In Code Book by Ellen Ullman | Review by Francisca Gil The Little Book of Black Holes Book by Steven S. Gubser and Frans Pretorius | Review by Enrico Fonda Lost In Math Book by Sabine Hossenfelder | Review by Mark Wyman Microbia Book by Eugenia Bone | Review by Alexandra Grote The Mind-Body Problem Book by Jonathan Westphal | Review by Cato Sandford Misbehaving Book by Richard H. Thaler | Review by Oliver Vikbladh Modern Death Book by Haider Warraich, M.D. | Review by Anastasia-Maria T. Zavitsanou The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind Book by Barbara K. Lipska and Elaine McArdle | Review by Qiuling Li Never Home Alone Book by Rob Dunn | Review by Tanvi Butola The New Science of Consciousness Book by Paul L. Nunez | Review by Sophia Domokos Other Minds Book by Peter Godfrey-Smith | Review by Rachel Denison The Plant Messiah Book by Carlos Magdalena | Review by Marie Crouzevialle Reductionism in Art and Brain Science Book by Eric R. Kandel | Review by Marie Sweet The River of Consciousness Book by Oliver Sacks | Review by Rhea Datta The Runaway Species Book by Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman | Review by Dan Robitzski Science and the City Book by Laurie Winkless | Review by Diego Reinero The Seabird's Cry Book by Adam Nicolson | Review by Li Wang Seeds of Science Book by Mark Lynas | Review by Nicholas DelRose Spineless Book by Juli Berwald | Review by Emily North Suggestible You Book by Erik Vance | Review by Diane S. Lye The Tangled Tree Book by David Quammen | Review by Beth Walters Turning Points Book by Kostas Kampourakis | Review by Stephanie Lauer Untrue Book by Wednesday Martin | Review by Elizabeth Harris The Wizard And The Prophet Book by Charles C. Mann | Review by Nicholas DelRose