About CSR Book Reviews

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

Latest Book Reviews

That Special Feeling… Is More Complicated Than You Think

Aaron Katzman gets in touch with his (and everyone else's) emotions.

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Molecular Machinations

The new age of genetic testing is long on information, Evelyn Litwinoff finds, but still short on knowledge.

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The Power of Palindromes

The powerful new technology known as CRISPR lets researchers edit the book of life. Rhea Datta champions its medical and agricultural uses, but wonders if we can trust science and business to act in humanity’s best interests.

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The Secret to World Domination

Upright apes rule! Dan Robitzski finds out why.

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When Planets Go Rogue

Criseyda Martinez goes on an intragalactic field trip.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Death

What will your family do with you when you die? "Modern Death" gives Anastasia-Maria Zavitsanou a new perspective.

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When America Met Darwin

Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" arrived in an America poised for civil war. Angelika Manhart explores its impact.

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Wee Are Family

A microbial history of the world enchants Margret Veltman.

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The Theater of Healing

Diane Lye tussles with the science--and theatrics--of Suggestible You, a history of the placebo effect

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The City, Deconstructed

From skyscrapers to subways, Diego Reinero revels in the nuts and bolts of urban physics

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