New Popular Science books

Human universe

Scarcity: the true cost of not having enough

Gulp: adventures on the alimentary canal

 Human Universe by Brian Cox 

Human life is a staggeringly strange thing. This TV tie in book asks questions about our origins, our destiny, and our place in the universe.

Gulp by Mary Roach

A book that  takes a look at eating- the most pleasurable, gross and necessary process we humans undertake.

Yet few of us realise what strange miracles of science operate inside us after every meal. Mary Roach breaks bread with spit connoisseurs, competitive hot dog eaters and stomach slugs, as she investigates the beginning and end of our food

Scarcity: the true cost of not having enough by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar  Shafir

  • Why can we never seem to keep on top of our workload, social diary or chores?
  • Why does poverty persist around the world?
  • Why do successful people do things at the last minute in a sudden rush of energy?

Mullainathan,  ‘the most interesting young economist in the world’ & Shafir, the ‘most brilliant psychologist’ of his generation, explain why all these problems are about the science of  Scarcity and they explain why obesity is rampant; why people find it difficult to sleep when most sleep deprived; and why the lonely find it so hard to make friends.