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

Mad About Microbes

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

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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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A Mental Multiverse

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

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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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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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A Public Health Paladin

Alice Fok admires William Foege’s battles against pathogens—and politicians

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Moving Past Destiny

In the Book of Life, Kostas Kampourakis argues, DNA isn’t the whole story

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So Successful It Hurts

Nicholas DelRose embraces inner turmoil in Charles Mann’s new book.

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On Our Best Behavior? Not!

Oliver Vikbladh delights in this history from the bad boy of econ... and how it's affecting everything from decision making to neuroscience

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Hey, Good Looking!

Does beauty have biological meaning? Neuroscientist Alessio Travaglia considers Darwin’s forgotten theory

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Full Review Archive

The Book That Changed America Book by Randall Fuller | Review by Angelika Manhart 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 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 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 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 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