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Popular Science at KPU Library

A new collection of popular science books for you to borrow and enjoy.

Popular Science Books from 2022 @KPU Library

Fen, Bog and Swamp

One of Time Magazine's Most Anticipated Books* From Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx, this riveting deep dive into the history of our wetlands and what their systematic destruction means for the planet "is both an enchanting work of nature writing and a rousing call to action" (Esquire). "An unforgettable and unflinching tour of past and present, fixed on a subject that could not be more important" (Bill McKibben). Annie Proulx brings her witness and research to the subject of wetlands and the vitally important role they play in preserving the environment...see more.

Horizons: The Global Origins of Modern Science

"A radical retelling... Poskett deftly blends the achievements of little-known figures into the wider history of science... The book brims with clarity."--Financial Times The history of science as it has never been told before: a tale of outsiders and unsung heroes from far beyond the Western canon that most of us are taught...see more.

Imperfection: A Natural History

In praise of imperfection- how life on our planet is a catalog of imperfections, errors, alternatives, and anomalies. In the beginning, there was imperfection, which became the source of all things. Anomalies and asymmetries caused planets to take shape from the bubbling void and sent light into darkness. Life on earth is a catalog of accidents, alternatives, and errors that turned out to work quite well. In this book, Telmo Pievani shows that life on our planet has flourished and survived not because of its perfection but despite (and perhaps because of) its imperfection...see more.

The Genetic Age: Our Perilous Age to Edit Life

How fifty years of genetic engineering have brought us to the brink of a profound and disturbing future, from Baille Gifford-shortlisted scientist Matthew Cobb. A new gene editing technology, invented just seven years ago, has turned humanity into gods. Enabling us to manipulate the genes in virtually any organism with exquisite precision, CRISPR has given scientists a degree of control that was undreamt of even in science fiction...see more.


Wilder takes readers on a global rewilding journey, exploring innovative and eye-opening projects led by a diverse group of passionate conservationists. Rewilding is a radical new approach to wildlife conservation that offers remarkable potential...see more.

Endless Forms: The Secret World of Wasps

There may be no insect with a worse reputation than the wasp, and none guarding so many undiscovered wonders. Where bees and ants have long been the darlings of the insect world, wasps are much older, cleverer and more diverse. They are the bee's evolutionary ancestors - flying 100 million years earlier - and today they are just as essential for the survival of our environment...see more.

The Mind of a Bee

A rich and surprising exploration of the intelligence of bees. Most of us are aware of the hive mind--the power of bees as an amazing collective. But do we know how uniquely intelligent bees are as individuals? In The Mind of a Bee, Lars Chittka draws from decades of research, including his own pioneering work, to argue that bees have remarkable cognitive abilities...see more.

The Treeline

Winner, Inaugural National Academies of Science Schmidt Awards for Excellence in Science Communications.

In the tradition of Elizabeth Kolbert and Barry Lopez, a powerful, poetic and deeply absorbing account of the "lung" at the top of the world. For the last fifty years, the trees of the boreal forest have been moving north. Ben Rawlence's The Treeline takes us along this critical frontier of our warming planet from Norway to Siberia, Alaska to Greenland, Canada to Sweden...see more.

Otherlands: A World in the Making

What would it be like to experience the ancient landscapes of the past as we experience the reality of nature today? To actually visit the Jurassic or Cambrian worlds, to wander among their spectacular flora and fauna, to witness their continental shifts? In Otherlands , the multi-talented palaeontologist Thomas Halliday gives us a breath-taking up close encounter with worlds that are normally unimaginably distant...see more.

Regenesis: Feeding the world without devouring the planet

What if there were a way to stop climate change and end global hunger at the same time? The way we feed ourselves is destroying the planet and a collection of crises have brought the global food supply to its breaking point. But it doesn't have to be this way. With technology that already exists, we could sustainably provide everyone on the planet with a healthy diet...see more.

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2022

A collection of the best science and nature articles written in 2021, selected by guest editor renowned marine biologist Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and series editor Jaime Green.  Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, renowned marine biologist and co-founder of the All We Can Save climate initiative, compiles the best science and nature writing of the year...see more

Tickets for the Ark

A popular science title about conservation. What should we conserve and why in this age of extinctions? Who should get tickets for the ark? Our planet hasn't seen the current rate of extinction since the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, and global conservation efforts are failing to halt this. As a society, we face choices which will determine the fate of Earth's estimated 8.7 million species, including humans...see more.

CRISPR People: The Science and Ethics of Editing Humans

What does the birth of babies whose embryos had gone through genome editing mean--for science and for all of us? In November 2018, the world was shocked to learn that two babies had been born in China with DNA edited while they were embryos. In this book, Hank Greely, a leading authority on law and genetics, tells the fascinating story of this human experiment and its consequences...see more.

Nomad Century

"The MOST IMPORTANT BOOK I imagine I'll ever read."--Mary Roach From an award-winning science journalist comes an urgent investigation of environmental migration--the most underreported, seismic consequence of our climate crisis that will force us to change where--and how--we live...see more.


What brings the Earth to life, and our own lives to an end?... In Transformer, biochemist Nick Lane reveals a scientific renaissance that is hiding in plain sight --how the same simple chemistry gives rise to life and causes our demise.Lane is among the vanguard of researchers asking why the Krebs cycle, the "perfect circle" at the heart of metabolism, remains so elusive more than eighty years after its discovery...see more.

A (Very) Short History of LIfe on Earth: 4.6 Billion Years in Twelve Chapters

Winner of the 2022 Royal Society Science Book Prize

For billions of years, Earth was an inhospitably alien place - covered with churning seas, slowly crafting its landscape by way of incessant volcanic eruptions, the atmosphere in a constant state of chemical flux. And yet, despite facing literally every conceivable setback that living organisms could encounter, life has been extinguished and picked itself up to evolve again. Life has learned and adapted and continued through the billions of years that followed

Spike:The Virus vs. the People: The Inside Story


Did the UK government really 'follow the science' throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, as it claims? As head of the Wellcome Trust, Jeremy Farrar was one of the first people in the world to hear about a mysterious new disease in China - and to learn it could readily spread between people...see more.

Tree Thieves

A gripping account of the billion-dollar timber black market -- and how it intersects with environmentalism, class, and culture. In Tree Thieves , Lyndsie Bourgon takes us deep into the underbelly of the illegal timber market. As she traces three timber poaching cases, she introduces us to tree poachers, law enforcement, forensic wood specialists, the enigmatic residents of former logging communities, environmental activists, international timber cartels, and indigenous communities along the way...see more.


The Song of the Cell

Named a New York Times Notable Book of 2022 and a Best Book of the Year by Oprah Daily, BookPage, Book Riot, the New York Public Library, and more! From the author of The Emperor of All Maladies, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and The Gene, a #1 New York Times bestseller, comes his most spectacular book yet, an exploration of medicine and our radical new ability to manipulate cells...see more.

An Immense World:How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us

Publisher's Weekly Review
Pulitzer-winning journalist Yong (I Contain Multitudes) reveals in this eye-opening survey animals' world through their own perceptions. Every animal is "enclosed within its own unique sensory bubble," he writes, or its own "perceptual world." ...see more.