Quirks & Quarks

Dec 18: Holiday science book show

In a holiday tradition we look at a handful of books that you might want to pick up for reading in the cold winter months, or to give to that special science-minded person on your "nice" list.

We look at some great science books for winter reading or last-minute gifts

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Books discussed on today's program include:

  • Life as We Made It: How 50,000 Years of Human Innovation Refined—and Redefined—Nature, by Beth Shapiro
  • The Star Builders: Nuclear Fusion and the race to Power the Planet, by Arthur Turrell
  • How to Talk to a Science Denier: Conversations with Flat Earthers, Climate Deniers, and Others Who Defy Reason by Lee McIntyre

With reviews by science journalist Dan Falk of:

  • The Genesis Quest: The Geniuses and Eccentrics on a Journey to Uncover the Origin of Life on Earth, by Michael Marshall
  • The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality, by Kathryn Paige Harden
  • Hawking Hawking: The Selling of a Scientific Celebrity, by Charles Seife
  • Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality, by Frank Wilczek