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#1 THE UNDOING PROJECT

Michael Lewis

How the psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky upended assumptions about the decision-making process and invented the field of behavioral economics.

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#2 WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR

Paul Kalanithi

A memoir by a physician who received a diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36.

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#3 HIDDEN FIGURES

Margot Lee Shetterly

The story, based in part on interviews, of the black women mathematicians who were hired as “computers” by the precursor of NASA during World War II. The basis of the forthcoming movie.

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#4 THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES

Peter Wohlleben

A forester presents scientific research on the way trees interact with one another. A best seller in Germany.

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#5 WHAT IF?

Randall Munroe

Scientific (but often humorous) answers to hypothetical questions, based in part on the author’s website, xkcd.com.

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#6 THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

Daniel Kahneman

A winner of the Nobel in economic science discusses how we make choices in business and personal lives and when we can and cannot trust our intuitions. Originally published in 2011.

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#7 THE GENE

Siddhartha Mukherjee

This overview of the history and science of genetics also considers moral questions and prospects for future advances in treating disease. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Emperor of All Maladies.”

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#8 SAPIENS

Yuval Noah Harari

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

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#9 LAB GIRL

Hope Jahren

A geobiologist shares her fascination with plants and describes how she found her vocation.

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#10 THING EXPLAINER

Randall Munroe

Cells, elevators, smartphones, nuclear reactors and more are demystified with simply annotated blueprints. From the author of "What If?"

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#11 THE POWER OF HABIT

Charles Duhigg

An examination of the science behind habits — how we form them and break them.

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#12 QUIET

Susan Cain

Introverts, approximately one-third of the population, are undervalued in American society.

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#13 BEING MORTAL

Atul Gawande

The surgeon and New Yorker writer considers how doctors fail patients at the end of life and how they can do better.

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#14 WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSE

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A Strauss and J Richard Gott

A guide to the cosmos by three leading astrophysicists.

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#15 ELON MUSK

Ashlee Vance

A technology writer follows Musk’s life from his difficult South African childhood to his involvement in Internet start-ups like the rocket company SpaceX, the electric-car company Tesla and the solar power installation company Solar City.

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#16 THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR

Gary Taubes

A science writer warns of sugar’s dangers.

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#17 RISE OF THE ROCKET GIRLS

Nathalia Holt

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#18 SEVEN BRIEF LESSONS ON PHYSICS

Carlo Rovelli

An introduction to modern physics.

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#19 HOW TO READ WATER

Tristan Gooley

How to understand clues and patterns in water.

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#20 THE INVENTION OF NATURE

Andrea Wulf

The life of the visionary German explorer, scientist and naturalist, Alexander von Humboldt.

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