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

A Last Meander

Rhea Datta savors a collection of essays by Oliver Sacks, as he pays final homage to his scientific touchstones

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Into The Coding Room

Francisca Gil admires a clear-eyed view of coders—and the world they have wrought

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Hey, Good Looking!

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

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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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On the Good Ship Enlightenment

Sophia Domokos finds much to praise in Steven Pinker's paean to progress, but also some leaks in the vessel

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Tentacles of a Death Foretold

Are jellyfish the ocean’s 'canaries in a coal mine?’ Emily North sees concerning parallels

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What Makes Humans So Special?

Marcela Coronado dissects Robert Boyd’s argument that culture makes our species unique

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Life, Death, and the Human Brain

A pioneering neuroscientist is redefining the edge of human consciousness, but Julia Derk argues that this knowledge has come at a price

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Waterfalls of Spacetime

When time is space and space is time: Enrico Fonda takes a mind-bending journey through the physics of black holes.

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Where is artificial intelligence taking us?

Dervla Kelly peeks into the strange new world of brain uploading and robot mosquitos in Max Tegmark's latest book.

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Full Review Archive

The Book That Changed America Book by Randall Fuller | Review by Angelika Manhart 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 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 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 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 Spineless Book by Juli Berwald | Review by Emily North Suggestible You Book by Erik Vance | Review by Diane S. Lye