New and Noteworthy

Bloomsbury Sigma, 2021, 320 pp., Hardcover. $28.00. www.bloomsbury.com The volcano is among the most familiar and perhaps the most terrifying of all geological phenomena. However, Earth isn’t the only planet to harbor volcanoes. In fact, the solar system, and probably the entire universe, is littered with them. Our own Moon, which is now a dormant […]
 
Pegasus Books, 2022, 256 pp., Hardcover. $26.95. www.pegasusbooks.com The history of Mars is drawn not just on its surface, but also down into its broken bedrock and up into its frigid air. Most of all, it stretches back into deep time, where the trackways of the past have been obliterated and there is no discernible […]
 
Harvard University Press, 2021, 320 pp., Hardcover. $29.95. www.hup.harvard.edu One of the great lingering mysteries of the universe is dark matter. Scientists are not sure what it is, but most believe it’s out there, and in abundance. The astronomer who finally convinced many of them was Vera Rubin. When Rubin died in 2016, she was […]
 
Smithsonian Books, 2022, 216 pp., Hardcover. $29.95. www.smithsonianbooks.com In the gripping Never Panic Early, Fred Haise, Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 13, offers a detailed firsthand account of when disaster struck three days into his mission to the Moon. An oxygen tank exploded, a crewmate uttered the now iconic words, “Houston, we’ve had a problem […]
 
Princeton University Press, 2022, 544 pp., Paperback. $100.00. press.princeton.edu Are we alone in the cosmos? How are scientists seeking signs of life beyond our home planet? Could we colonize other planets, moons, or even other star systems? This introductory textbook, written by a team of four renowned science communicators, educators, and researchers, tells the amazing […]
 
Oxford University Press, 2022, 336 pp., Hardcover. $27.95. www.global.oup.com By the time Francesco Bianchini died in 1729 at the age of 67, he had become known as the greatest Italian of this time. But just who was he, and how did he come to master the mathematical and historical sciences, the arts of diplomacy and […]
 
W. W. Norton & Company, 2022, 400 pp., Hardcover. $30.00. www.wwnorton.com What brings the Earth to life, and our own lives to an end? For decades, biology has been dominated by the study of genetic information, but that is only part of what makes us alive. Our inheritance also includes our living metabolic network, a […]
 
Chicago Review Press, 2022, 224 pp., Hardcover. $16.99. www.chicagoreviewpress.com These 15 women fly outside the lines. Soar beside Black Hawk helicopter pilot turned politician Tammy Duckworth, hot air balloonist Edgora McEwan, or medevac pilot Dede Murawsky. Higher up, meet commercial and military aviators such as the Coast Guard’s Ronaqua Russell, the first African American female […]
 
Chicago Review Press, 2022, 224 pp., Hardcover. $16.99. www.chicagoreviewpress.com Sharing perspectives on their journeys into the physical sciences, these 15 heroes provide readers with advice about overcoming adversity. This book explores the lives of 15 diverse, contemporary female scientists with a variety of specialties related to earthquake science. Dr. Debbie Weiser travels to communities after […]
 
84.3 centimeters × 84.3 centimeters (33.2 inches × 33.2 inches). $35.20. www.redbubble.com/people/EleanorLutz/shop This map shows the orbit paths of about 18,000 asteroids, comets, and planets in the solar system — everything larger than 10 kilometers (6 miles) in diameter. It’s scientifically accurate, colorful, and the perfect choice for your next interplanetary adventure. Printed on 185-grams (6.5-ounces)-per-square-meter semi-gloss […]
 
Happy Yak, 2022, 18 pp., Hardcover. $13.99. www.quarto.com In this charming and innovative layered board book from the Adventures of Evie and Juno series, Evie and her pet dog Evie visit all the planets, one by one, and tell readers what they found there. Watch them skateboard on bumpy Mercury, do a spot of hoovering […]
 
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2021, 40 pp., Hardcover. $17.99. www.lbyr.com From bestselling author Deborah Underwood comes a lively and heartwarming letter-writing exchange between the planets in outer space to show the power of perspective. It was an ordinary day for Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, the dwarf planet. […]
 
$27.99. myscienceshop.com This circular solar system puzzle includes solid wood tokens representing each of the eight planets, a light-up LED Sun, and a two-sided poster with all the planet names. This award-winning educational puzzle from Hape, an industry-leading creator of wooden toys, is designed to help children learn through play. With 102 brightly colored pieces […]
 
$19.99. myscienceshop.com Explore comets and asteroids with these flashcard sets exclusively from Astronomy magazine. Blazing trails through our solar system, these intriguing objects orbit the Sun and were formed billions of years ago. These unique flashcard sets dive into the details with 36 cards in each set. Each of the 10-centimeter (4-inch) × 15-centimeter (6-inch) cards […]
 
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