Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Books

Notable: Better living through science

Notable

Better living through science

Three new books explore the enormous impact science has on our everyday lives.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (W.W. Norton) by Neil deGrasse Tyson offers the answers to cosmic questions from the Big Bang to quantum mechanics, rendered easy to understand by everybody's favorite celebrity scientist.

Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating (Viking) by Charles Spence brings science to the dinner table to explain everything from how the shape and color of your plate affect how sweet your dessert tastes to why some restaurants play loud, fast music.

The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day (Crown) by James Kakalios (The Physics of Superheroes) reveals the complex and amazing science behind the objects we use daily, from touch screens to toasters.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

 
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