| | The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World by Sarah Stewart Johnson What it's about: Planetary scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson interweaves the history of Mars exploration with an account of her life and career, both in the lab and out in the field.
For fans of: the intimate blend of science writing and memoir found in Hope Jahren's Lab Girl, Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz's The Dance of Life, or Sara Seager's forthcoming The Smallest Lights in the Universe.
| | The Remarkable Life of the Skin: An Intimate Journey Across Our Largest Organ by Monty Lyman What it is: a dermatologist's cross-disciplinary "circumnavigation of, and love letter to" human skin.
You'll learn: what makes skin waterproof, how to achieve a healthy glow without risking a sunburn, why we can't tickle ourselves, and much more.
Reviewers say: "Tantalizing tidbits of information abound" (Booklist) in this "illuminating and thought-provoking" (Kirkus Reviews) book.
| | The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives... by Wendy Williams What it's about: the past, present, and future of butterflies, and the role of human obsession in discovering their secrets.
Don't miss: the profile of pioneering 17th-century naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian, whose detailed illustrated studies of lepidopteran life cycles shaped the emerging field of entomology.
About the author: Wendy Williams' previous book was the bestselling The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion.
| | Weird Math: A Teenage Genius & His Teacher Reveal the Strange Connections Between... by David Darling and Agnijo Banerjee What it's about: a science writer and his protégé, a teen prodigy, discuss their favorite mathematical concepts in a style that's accessible without being over-simplistic.
Topics include: the fourth dimension, topology, prime numbers, Turing machines, and infinity.
For fans of: Alex Bellos' Here's Looking at Euclid, Ian Stewart's Visions of Infinity, or Steven Strogatz's The Joy of X.
| | The Math of Life & Death: 7 Mathematical Principles that Shape Our Lives by Kit Yates What it's about: Applied mathematician Kit Yates examines seven mathematical principles (including exponential growth, probability, and algorithms) and demonstrates how these can be applied to areas such as law, medicine, the media, and more.
Don't miss: the rather timely chapter "Susceptible, Infective, Removed: How to Stop an Epidemic."
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