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Special edition for summer holidays

An overview of selected new books in Szilárd Library, with a word from their authors, reviewers and publishers

What is life? (David Fickling Books, 2021)

By Paul Nurse

Nobel prize-winner Paul Nurse has spent his career revealing how living cells work. In this book, he takes up the challenge of defining life in a way that every reader can understand. It is a shared journey of discovery; step by step he illuminates five great ideas that underpin biology.

Journey of the mind : how thinking emerged from chaos (W. W. Norton & Company, 2022)

By Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam

Why do minds exist? How did mud and stone develop into beings that can experience longing, regret, love, and that are aware of their own experience? Journey of the Mind is the first book to offer a unified account of the mind that explains how consciousness, language, the Self, and civilization emerged incrementally out of chaos.

Seven games (W.W. Norton & Company, 2022)

By Oliver Roeder

A group biography of seven enduring and beloved games, and the story of why-and how-we play them. Checkers, Backgammon, Chess, and Go. Poker, Scrabble, and Bridge. Funny, fascinating and profound, Seven Games is a story of obsession, psychology, history, and how play makes us human.

A hidden legacy : the life and work of Esther Zimmer Lederberg (Oxford University Press, 2021)

by Thomas E. Schindler

The story of institutional discrimination known as The Matilda Effect. In the decade leading up to the discovery of the DNA double helix, Esther Zimmer Lederberg’s collaborated with her husband, Joshua Lederberg, to establish the new field of bacterial genetics, which earned Joshua the 1958 Nobel Prize, but Esther’s contributions were overlooked by the Nobel committee.

Ultrasocial (Cambridge University Press, 2021)

By John M. Gowdy

Ultrasocial is a fascinating exploration of the future direction of humanity: Can we forge a better, more egalitarian, and sustainable future by changing current socioeconomic – and ultimately destructive – path? John Gowdy explores how this might be achieved.