The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl

The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl

During World War II in Poland, one courageous scientist used his ability to make typhus vaccine to save hundreds of fellow scientists. More »

The Age of Radiance

The Age of Radiance

The brilliance and the pathos of the nuclear age can be traced to the eccentric geniuses who discovered radiation and realized that More »

Cancer Chronicles

Cancer Chronicles

Using his wife’s brush with stage IV cancer as an armature, science writer George Johnson sculpts an exploration of cancer that would More »

Brilliant Blunders

Brilliant Blunders

From Darwin to Einstein: Colossal mistakes by great scientists that changed our understanding of life and the universe. More »

Toms River

Toms River

An outbreak of leukemia in New Jersey led to a long investigation and cleanup, but nobody was ever able to conclusively pin the blame More »

The Half Life of Facts

The Half Life of Facts

Beneath our attention, facts often change. What causes this change, and why are we attached to the “facts” of our childhood? Are any More »

On the Map

On the Map

A celebration of the urge to map, from the ancients to GPS, with detours into the male-female map-reading divergence, “X marks the More »

Prize Fight

Prize Fight

Think scientists don’t squabble for glory? Think again. The behind-the-scenes scramble for fame is almost tawdry enough for Hollywood! More »

The Viral Storm

The Viral Storm

The Viral Storm Nathan Wolfe • Times Books, 2012, 305 pp. If you appreciate efficiency, you have to love viruses. A few genes, a

The power of Habit

The power of Habit

The power of Habit Charles Duhigg • Random House, 2012, 371 pp. Duhigg’s new look at human behavior analyzes some

The Book of Deadly Animals

The Book of Deadly Animals

Dangers lurk on a walk in the woods or a swim in the ocean, writes Gordon Grice: “… no matter how much we may love them, wild animals More »

The 4% Universe

The 4% Universe

If many scientific quests should be marked with an academic form of caution tape: “Progress = 2 steps forward + step back,” More »