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Jonathan Safran Foer asks: what will it take to spur us to act in a crisis that feels distant?
Stuart Russell’s book sidesteps sci-fi hype with its serious overview of the AI challenge
A scholarly work on the role and treatment of menopause
Andrew Blum’s book tells the story of how science made John Ruskin’s dream of a global meteorological machine a reality
The Gaia theorist sees at least one reason why superintelligent machines might want to keep humans around
John Thornhill selects his mid-year reads
Clive Cookson selects his mid-year reads
Former boss of BP calls for greater imagination in planning and design to advance society at large
Day’s book melds nature writing with urban grit to examine our urge to take root
Fifty years on, it is time to reappraise the audacity and political will behind Apollo 11
Race science is undergoing a revival, after its horrific climax in the 20th century
From the poverty-obesity link to how supply chains push for a dietary monoculture, it’s harder than ever to eat healthy
Has physics been hijacked by an anti-realist philosophy?
A clever study into flawed research and gender-based misconceptions of the mind
Dawkins, Harris, Dennett and Hitchens have yet to instigate their vaunted revolution
David Wallace-Wells optimistically navigates prophecies of social apocalypse
How did an eccentric gathering of professional scientists and aristocratic amateurs create a groundbreaking academy?
Marcus de Sautoy’s The Creativity Code makes the case for why algorithms could match Beethoven
When globalisation meshes with robotics, the losers will be the middle classes
The quest to understand life may have been missing an ingredient: the flow of ‘information’ through living organisms
Three books that explore this dark and difficult territory
America’s opioid epidemic — a tale of greed, individual suffering and official incompetence — will blight the country for years to come
An astronomer lends gravity to this skilfully told history of the quest to find black holes
Clive Cookson selects his must-read titles
We still have a lot to learn about decision-making, and while organisations could learn a lot from military strategy — individuals may struggle to follow