[In Unthinkable, Helen] Thomson profiles nine people from all over the world whose subjective experiences of that world push the limits of our ability to communicate about them.
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The setup is that astronaut Catherine Wells has returned to Earth after a nine year absence, the sole survivor of a interstellar mission written off as a complete loss years earlier. She has no recollection of the critical portions of her journey, and thus cannot explain where her crewmates are, why she was gone for so long, and how she got back.
Since I’m at the beach this week, it seems like a good time to leave you with a review of Ruth Kassinger’s Slime, a broad survey of all the ways scientists and entrepreneurs are solving problems with algae.
[The Big Nine] reads like a blend of science fact and fiction as [author Amy] Webb tells us where we’ve been and imagines where we might go.
Complexity introduces readers to the wide-ranging world of complexity science, with an emphasis on the computational side. Plus a robot that cleans up for you.