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THE Books of the week

The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter, by Katherine Freese Subscription

10 July 2014

Virginia Trimble on the search for the mysterious, magical secret ingredient of the universe

The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in China, by Kerry Brown Subscription

3 July 2014

Seven men rule the Middle Kingdom, but why them? Jonathan Mirsky on a study of Party potentates

Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World, by Gillen D’Arcy Wood Subscription

26 June 2014

Alison Stokes on a 19th-century volcanic eruption that caused a global climate disaster

Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World, by Amir Alexander Subscription

19 June 2014

Robyn Arianrhod on a compelling tale of Jesuits, geometry and heresy in the turbulent 17th century

Mammon's Kingdom: An Essay on Britain, Now, by David Marquand Subscription

12 June 2014

Danny Dorling lauds an impassioned call to tame the UK’s ever more toxic worship of money

How Not to Be Wrong: The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life, by Jordan Ellenberg Subscription

5 June 2014

Tony Mann enjoys a fresh application of complex mathematical thinking to commonplace events

The Drunken Monkey: Why We Drink and Abuse Alcohol, by Robert Dudley Subscription

29 May 2014

Tiffany Taylor on a thought-provoking exploration of alcoholism from an evolutionary perspective

One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery, by Karyn L. Freedman Subscription

22 May 2014

Lynne Segal on an analytic philosopher’s first-hand account of sexual violence and its aftermath

On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City, by Alice Goffman Subscription

15 May 2014

Dick Hobbs on how the intense nature of policing creates secondary casualties in poor communities

The Psychopath Whisperer: Inside the Minds of Those Without a Conscience, by Kent Kiehl Subscription

8 May 2014

Luna Centifanti welcomes a disentanglement of popular confusions over brain and behaviour

Risk Savvy: How To Make Good Decisions, by Gerd Gigerenzer Subscription

1 May 2014

A good grasp of basic statistics will help us to make the right life choices, finds Omar Malik

Reading Dante: From Here to Eternity, by Prue Shaw Subscription

24 April 2014

Elena Lombardi lauds a persuasive invitation to everyone yet to be beguiled by the Divine Comedy

Vanishing for the Vote: Suffrage, Citizenship and the Battle for the Census, by Jill Liddington Subscription

17 April 2014

New data enrich an account of the activists who refused to be counted in 1911, says June Purvis

A Philosophy of Walking, by Frédéric Gros Subscription

10 April 2014

Laurence Coupe admires scholarly insights of a kind the REF could never hope to measure

The Knowledge: How To Rebuild Our World From Scratch, by Lewis Dartnell Subscription

3 April 2014

What will we need to know to reboot civilisation after the apocalypse?, asks Alison Stokes

Altered Pasts: Counterfactuals in History, by Richard J. Evans Subscription

27 March 2014

Ascertaining the truth behind events is what matters, says Robert Gellately, not hypotheticals

Bleak Houses: Disappointment and Failure in Architecture, by Timothy Brittain-Catlin Subscription

20 March 2014

Richard Williams on architectural criticism and how its narrowness affects our built landscape

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