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“Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time,” E.B. White observed in a wonderful 1969 interview.“You have to write up, not down.” What’s true of great children’s books is true of great science books, which must do three things for the reader — explain, enchant, and elevate. They must tell you what something is and why it matters, captivate you to care about it and tickle you into taking pleasure in understanding it, and leave you in a higher state of awareness regarding whatever subtle or monumental aspect of the world the book had made its subject.
Here are the most stimulating science books of 2015, possessing this trifecta of merit./.../