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Review: The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack and Other Cautionary Tales from Human Evolution, by Ian Tattersall

The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack and Other Cautionary Tales from Human Evolution, by Ian Tattersall

Book of the week: Simon Underdown on our origin story’s twists, turns and red herrings

Book review: The Matter Factory: A History of the Chemistry Laboratory, by Peter J. T. Morris

The Matter Factory: A History of the Chemistry Laboratory, by Peter J. T. Morris

Book of the week: The workspaces of pioneering scientists are laid bare in an insightful text, finds Richard Joyner

Book review: Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs, by Lauren A. Rivera

Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs, by Lauren A. Rivera

Book of the week: To become a Master of the Universe, you must work hard but play harder, finds Angelia Wilson

Book review: The Guardians The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire by Susan Pedersen

The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire, by Susan Pedersen

Book of the week: Niamh Gallagher on a body that, in chipping away at imperial rule, shaped the modern world

Book review The Bronte Cabinet Three Lives in Nine Objects by Deborah Lutz

The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects, by Deborah Lutz

Book of the week: Personal items belonging to the literary sisters illuminate their wild genius, says Shahidha Bari

The Ocean, the Bird and the Scholar: Essays on Poets and Poetry, by Helen Vendler

The Ocean, the Bird and the Scholar: Essays on Poets and Poetry, by Helen Vendler

Book of the week: Elizabeth Greene lauds an eminent critic’s fine close reading of Wallace Stevens and others

Cosmopolitan Sexualities: Hope and the Humanist Imagination, by Ken Plummer

Cosmopolitan Sexualities: Hope and the Humanist Imagination, by Ken Plummer

Book of the week: A sexology for our age examines a global and multifaceted part of humanity, says Sally R. Munt

Book review: Cakes, Custard and Category Theory: Easy Recipes for Understanding Complex Maths, by Eugenia Cheng

Cakes, Custard and Category Theory: Easy Recipes for Understanding Complex Maths, by Eugenia Cheng

Book of the week: Noel-Ann Bradshaw is inspired by a book with all the right ingredients for explaining a tricky subject

Book review: Siena: City of Secrets, by Jane Tylus

Siena: City of Secrets, by Jane Tylus

Book of the week: Discover the Tuscan metropolis in a study suffused with all the vitality of the Palio, says Philip Cooke

How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-extinction, by Beth Shapiro

Book of the week: Work to bring creatures back from the dead is a tale of wonder and warning, writes Tiffany Taylor

Beyond: Our Future in Space, by Chris Impey

This examination of space exploration has its feet firmly on the ground, writes Monica Grady

The Wandering Mind: What the Brain Does When You’re Not Looking, by Michael C. Corballis

Daydreaming relies on memory and our past helps us imagine future possibilities, finds Luna Centifanti

The Great Divide, by Joseph Stiglitz

Rising inequality can be addressed without taking to the barricades, Victoria Bateman suggests

The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction, by Pat Shipman

A lupine alliance may have helped Homo sapiens to beat the competition, says Simon Underdown

The Power of the Past: Understanding Cross-Class Marriages, by Jessi Streib

A study of American couples who married out of their socio-economic culture intrigues Mary Evans

Great Shakespeare Actors: Burbage to Branagh, by Stanley Wells

The first act in an entertaining study of gifted stage performers is the most powerful, says Lisa Hopkins

Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel, by Annie Cohen-Solal

A sense of not belonging coloured an outsider’s journey to the avant-garde, learns Tracey Warr

How to Write a Thesis, by Umberto Eco

This guide gets right to the heart of the virtues that make a scholar, Robert Eaglestone discovers

Half Life: The Divided Life of Bruno Pontecorvo, Physicist or Spy, by Frank Close

A biography of a secretive scientist comes with a cast worthy of a le Carré novel, says Jon Turney

The Undersea Network, by Nicole Starosielski

John Gilbey is fascinated by the unseen fibre-optic communications cables that gird the globe

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