The Big Bang of Numbers, by Manil Suri

Staff Pick

Suri's elegant, readable book demonstrates that you don't have to be a mathematician to appreciate the charm--even the magic--of numbers. Charting a playful course to existence, this novelist/math professor creates a universe made of mathematical ideas that transports us from nothing to infinity, explaining “mysteries of the universe” and prompting questions about “why are we here."



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ISBN: 9781324007036
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 20th, 2022

Intimacies, by Katie Kitamura

Staff Pick

Starting with its perfect title, this seemingly simple story written in a simple and clear language (one with a European sensibility I can personally relate to) has the power of a remarkable, even magical novel. In it Kitamura explores the gap between getting close to people and really understanding what's going on under the surface--a theme reinforced by the quiet melancholy of a narrative that reflects on the past decade's political and cultural chaos, yet ends with the promise of home and connection.




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ISBN: 9780399576171
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 19th, 2022

Planta Sapiens, by Paco Calvo

Staff Pick

In his inspiring exploration of plant cognition, Calvo shows that while plants may lack an animal's neurons, they nonetheless possess a cellular information-processing system. Before reading this engaging book I'd had no idea, for instance, that the smell of freshly cut grass comes from the “chemicals released by the wounded plant to warn nearby grasses to mobilize their defenses.” In this thoroughly enjoyable volume Calvo has made an important contribution to a growing, albeit still controversial, field.



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ISBN: 9780393881080
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 14th, 2023