Books

What's next for the human race?

Even science can’t predict the future. Or can it? Jim Al-Khalili explores the science of the future, delving into transport, medicine, geoengineering, space travel, robots and even teleportation.

Do animals fart?

We are all prone to passing a little gas, but there is more than a delicate whiff of flatulence facts floating around some of our stinky friends in the animal kingdom.

Getting lost in infinite loops

Eugenia Cheng wanders through the wonderful world of infinite mathematics in this extract from her book Beyond Infinity, shortlisted for the 2017 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize.

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What does it mean to be a machine?

Transhumanism is the subject of To Be A Machine, the the 2017 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize-shortlisted book by Mark O’Connell, which explores the philosophy and science behind improving our minds and bodies beyond what nature gave us.

I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong

In our final extract from the Wellcome Book Prize 2017 shortlist, Ed Yong explores the microbiota that teem all over and within our bodies, and the incredible ways they affect our lives.

Interview: is evolution predictable?

In his new book Improbable Destinies, Jonathan Losos explores whether evolution is predictable and why adaptations converge - he talks to us about the fate of the dinosaurs, alien life and whether humans are really the peak of evolution.