The best tech books of 2018

Summer is finally here, and that means it’s time to put together a reading list, whether it’s the beach, cabin, or backyard hammock. Here are 15 science and technology books to keep your nerdy brain active and excited.

The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs: A New History of the Lost WorldSteve Brusatte

Paleontologist Steve Brusatte pieced together some of the latest scientific discoveries to create this Latest Dinosaur Storiesfrom their humble beginnings in the Triassic to their dramatic rise in the Thunder Jurassic, and ended with their catastrophic demise at the end of the Cretaceous. Filled with vivid illustrations, historical accounts, and stories of paleontological expeditions, this book will change the way you think about dinosaurs.

Life 3.0: Humans in the Age of Artificial IntelligenceMax Tegmark

Artificial intelligence is poised to change nearly every aspect of human life, from the way we conduct business and fight crime to advances in self-driving cars and medicine. Life 3.0 Tackle these and many other topics, exploring the many ways our future and humanity itself can be shaped by the power of artificial intelligence—for better or for worse.

Lost in math: How beauty leads physics astraySabine Hossenfelder

Physics is great, unless it’s not.As author Sabine Hossenfelder points out here very readable book (You don’t need to be proficient in math or physics to enjoy and appreciate it) The best theories in physics are the most beautiful ones, which has led scientists down a dark path. According to Hossenfelder, physics is now in a bind, requiring scientists to reframe their theories.

Space Tycoons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the Quest to Colonize the Universes, Christian Davenport

We are in the midst of a new space race, but the competition has turned to the private sector rather than rivals vying for technological advantage.Washington Post Staff Writer Christian Davenport new book Explores some of the key players involved in the commercialization of space—the so-called space tycoons who spend billions to advance the industry—as well as their personal, self-driven agendas.

Technological Mistakes: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic TechnologySarah Wachter-Botcher

If you want to get mad at the tech industry this summer, then this book is perfect for you.exist technical errorSara Wachter-Boettcher delves into the field of application and algorithm development, explaining why so many digital products we use today are so deeply and fundamentally flawed, even harmful.

What is real?Unfinished quest for the meaning of quantum physicsAdam Becker

Physicist Richard Feynman once said, “If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don’t actually understand quantum mechanics.” Indeed, few things are as bizarre and bizarre as the quantum realm, leading to All kinds of wacky ideas. Adam Becker’s new book, what is realbreaks through the confusion and vividly describes this often mysterious field, its history, and its many controversies.

Robot Ethics 2.0: From Self-Driving Cars to Artificial IntelligencePatrick Lim, Ryan Jenkins and Keith Abney

Classic trolley problems such as This Updated Compendium of Robot Ethics Proof is child’s play compared to what’s to come. Advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are steadily advancing, exposing us to new risks, whether from self-driving cars, autonomous drones or robotic killing machines. This collection of essays touches on many relevant issues, from moral and legal responsibility to issues of trust, love, sex and war.

War Materials: The Human and Environmental Resource Struggle in the American Civil WarJoan E. Cashin

Much has been written and said about the American Civil War, but as this new book by Joan Cassin shows, this 19th-century conflict still has some stories to tell. Combining military history, sociology, environmentalism, and gender studies, war supplies Reveals the troubling extent to which both North and South exploit civilians and American soil to fight the Civil War.

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progresss, Steven Pinker

Love him or hate him, neuroscientist Steven Pinker is no way no interesting.In these times of cynicism and despair, Pinker Dare to suggest that things are slowly but surely getting better – we have enlightenment and humanistic values ​​to thank. It’s hard to resist a book that Microsoft founder Bill Gates called “my new favorite book.”

The Equation of Life: How Physics Shaped EvolutionCharles S. Cocker

In the vast universe, the laws of physics remain the same.This inseparable aspect of the universe, Charle Cockell life equation, meaning that biological and evolutionary processes are subject to the constraints permitted by these laws. So life as we know it on Earth looks very much like it appears elsewhere, whether on Mars or on Jupiter’s icy moons, Saturn, even further.

What the future looks like: Scientists predict the next big discovery — and reveal how today’s breakthroughs are already shaping our worldJim Hallily

Genomics, robotics, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, synthetic biology, interstellar travel, colonization of the solar system — these are some of our favorite things.exist What will the future look likeBritish theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili convened a team of experts to discuss these topics and their implications for the future.

The Big Thing: How Natural Disasters Shaped Us (And What We Can Do About It)Lucy Jones

Earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes and volcanoes – these are not our favorite things.exist big shotrenowned seismologist Lucy Jones looks at the history of natural disasters, their impact on our culture, and new ways of thinking about our future natural disasters.

Superminds: The Amazing Power of People and Computers Thinking TogetherThomas W. Malone

Computers are amazing. So do humans. But both are extremely limited.Putting It All Together, by Thomas Malone in super mind, you can create some incredible things. In fact, as we venture into a world full of artificial intelligence, the true power of our technology will only emerge when humans and computers are allowed to collaborate.

A Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur Clark and the Making of the MasterpieceMichael Benson

Strictly speaking, this isn’t a book about science or technology, but I’m sure Gizmodo and io9 readers will find it interesting.To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China 2001: A Space Odyssey, Michael Benson looks back on the making of the filmincluding an inside look at how director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C Clarke created one of the greatest science fiction films of all time.

Wilding: Nature returns to British farmsby Isabella Tree

This is the story of the Knepp Experiment, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex, England, in which free-roaming grazing animals are used to create new habitats for wildlife.exist WildingIsabella Tree shows what happens when people step back and let nature take over.

bonus: Brief History of TimeStephen Hawking

What better way to honor the late, great Stephen Hawking than by reading his classic, Brief History of Time. This classic was written in 1988, updated in 1998, and sold more than 10 million copies in its first two decades of publication. From the Big Bang and black holes to wormholes and extra dimensions, this book has stood the test of time, showcasing Hawking’s talents as a physicist and science communicator.

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