Books to Read in the New Year

By Galimberti, Gabriel (Abrams)

"For over a year, the photographer and journalist Gabriele Galimberti visited more than 50 countries and created colorful images of boys and girls in their homes and neighborhoods with their most prized possessions: their toys. From Texas to India, Malawi to China, Iceland, Morocco, and Fiji, Galimberti recorded the spontaneous and natural joy that unites kids despite their diverse backgrounds.

Edited by Garik Israelian & Brian May  (Shelter Harbor)
Never before has such an ambitious series of talks, articles, and recollections been assembled to celebrate the human exploration of space. It is the result of the unique Starmus meeting in 2011 on Tenerife, where the legendary Russian and American pioneers of the space age met up for the fi rst time to share the moments that electrifi ed the human race.

By David Reimer (Princeton Univ. Pr.)
"You get the feeling that David Reimer must be a pretty entertaining teacher. An associate professor of mathematics at the College of New Jersey, he has taken on the task of explaining ancient math systems by having you use them. And though it's not easy, he manages to lead you, step by step, through a hieroglyphic based calculation of how many 10-pesu loaves of bread you can make from seven hekat of grain."--Nancy Szokan, "Washington Post"

By Papadakis, Maxine  (McGraw/Lange)
The world's most popular annual medical book - updated with the latest clinical advances and breakthroughs
CURRENT Medical Diagnosis & Treatment 2015 offers authoritative, evidence-based coverage of more than 1,000 diseases and disorders, along with a concise synopsis of diagnosis and treatment. In full color and utilizing numerous table and illustrations, this streamlined clinical companion is the fastest and easiest way to keep up with the latest medical advances, prevention strategies, and cost-effective treatments

By Diane Ackerman  (Norton)

“Ackerman has established herself over the last quarter of a century as one of our most adventurous, charismatic, and engrossing public science writers…she has demonstrated a rare versatility, a contagious curiosity, and a gift for painting quick, memorable tableaus drawn from research across a panoply of disciplines. The Human Age displays all of these alluring qualities…The Human Age is a dazzling achievement: immensely readable, lively, polymathic, audacious.” — Rob Nixon, New York Times Book Review

A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Gardens at Monticello (Yale)

A gorgeous volume showcasing Thomas Jefferson's amazing vegetable garden, its uniquely American characteristics, and its legacy.
""Peter Hatch's vibrant and enthusiastic passion for preserving Thomas Jefferson's farming legacy at Monticello reminds us all of the time-tested continuity and historical root of this kind of agriculture."--Alice Waters

By Judith Schalansky (Penguin)
This volume provides the papers the Hutchins Center commissioned on unconventional monetary policy, on financial regulation, on the impact of the crisis on the independence of the Fed and transcripts of a lively discussion of those issues. It also includes an interview with Ben Bernanke, then in his final weeks at Fed chairman, by Liaquat Ahamed, author of the Pultizer-Prize winning Lords of Finance. This book’s new analysis suggests that the scars left by unemployment and poverty will linger long after the economy recover.  David Wessel is the economics editor of the "Wall Street Journal" and the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "In Fed We Trusts.
By Armand Marie Leroi ( Penguin)
"Armand Marie Leroi opens Aristotle's classical cabinet of curiosities to discover the genesis of science inside. In elegant, stylish and often witty prose, he probes the near-legendary, almost primeval lagoon, which inspired the ancient Greek's "Historia Animalium" and animates it anew with his own incisive observations. From snoring dolphins to divine bees, Leroi shows us how Aristotle invented taxonomy two and a half millennia before Linneaus. That, in fact, out of poetry and metaphysics, blending the mythic with the mundane, Aristotle foresaw our contemporary dilemmas of definition and description. "The Lagoon" is a heroic, beautiful work in its own right, an inquiring odyssey into unknown

By James Thornton  (Univ. California Press)
Intended for students of economics, wine professionals, and general readers who seek to gain a unified and systematic understanding of the economic organization of the wine trade, this title delivers information about complex attributes of wine; grape growing, wine production, and wine distribution activities; and wine firms and consumers.

By Robert Crease (Norton)
Reading The Quantum Moment is a very fun way to learn about where quantum physics comes from and the strange, even astonishing places it has gone with or without the physicists for whom it is the language of their craft. --Peter Galison, author of Einstein s Clocks, Poincare s Maps, professor of science and physics, Harvard University"
By Tony Hey  (Cambridge Univ. Press )

"The Computing Universe takes the reader on a panoramic journey through the world of digital computing. Using clear and nontechnical language, it explains the technological breakthroughs, the fundamental concepts, and the future prospects of the digital revolution. It is a work of considerable depth and scholarship, brought to life by many interesting historical vignettes and entertaining anecdotes."
Richard Karp, Turing Award Winner, University of California, Berkeley

ByNicholas Carr (Norton)
"Carr brilliantly and scrupulously explores all the psychological and economic angles of our increasingly problematic reliance on machinery and microchips to manage almost every aspect of our lives. A must-read for software engineers and technology experts in all corners of industry as well as everyone who finds himself or herself increasingly dependent on and addicted to gadgets. "

By Thomas Piketty  (Harvard University Press)
"It seems safe to say that “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” the magnum opus of the French economist Thomas Piketty, will be the most important economics book of the year — and maybe of the decade. Mr. Piketty, arguably the world’s leading expert on income and wealth inequality, does more than document the growing concentration of income in the hands of a small economic elite. He also makes a powerful case that we’re on the way back to “patrimonial capitalism,” in which the commanding heights of the economy are dominated not just by wealth, but also by inherited wealth, in which birth matters more than effort and talent. -Paul Krugman

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