6. The Beauty of Numbers in Nature: Mathematical Patterns and Principles from the Natural World
By Ian Stewart
The prolific and engaging mathematician uncovers formulas underpinning everything from mountains to music in a fun read.
7. The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World
By Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman
Neuroscientist Eagleman and composer Brandt explore the many manifestations of our most unique trait.
8. The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience From the Edge of Climate Change
By Gleb Raygorodetsky
Relentless news of our imperiled planet can numb even the most optimistic person, but the keys to survival may lie in the traditions of indigenous people.
9. Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language
By Emma Byrne
Mom, put that bar of soap down. It turns out that having a potty mouth can boost your mood and your social network, among other benefits. Hell yeah, we’re serious.
10. Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts
By Alexander Langlands
With an archaeologist’s eye for detail, Langlands goes beyond the glue gun to explore the connection between our ancestors and modern makers.
11. The Quotable Darwin
Collected and edited by Janet Browne
12. The Theory That Changed Everything: “On the Origin of Species” as a Work in Progress
By Philip Lieberman
Browne’s compendium of quotes from Darwin’s books and letters, arranged by theme, provide insight into his research, personality and dry sense of humor. Lieberman’s more provocative take examines Darwin’s breakthroughs and limitations through the lens of 21st-century science.