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

Abandon All Hope

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

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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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Did We Get It Wrong On GMOs?

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

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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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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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Cherish the Albatross

Li Wang is enthralled by Adam Nicolson's plea for seabird conservation, but argues for a more nuanced approach

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A Mental Multiverse

Farah Abdul-Rahman learns that consciousness may be more Greek chorus than computer algorithm

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A Sci-Fi Lover’s Guide to the Galaxy

Milica Bulajić enjoys the science (and fiction) of life beyond Earth

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Mad About Microbes

Alexandra Grote appreciates a clear-eyed reckoning with our microscopic friends and foes

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Green on a Mission

Plants can’t speak for themselves, but Marie Crouzevialle finds that Carlos Magdalena is a worthy surrogate

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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 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 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 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 Turning Points Book by Kostas Kampourakis | Review by Stephanie Lauer The Wizard And The Prophet Book by Charles C. Mann | Review by Nicholas DelRose