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The Story of Earth: Robert Hazen **** 21 July 2015 - A refreshingly approachable take on geology and the history of the formation of the Earth, with consideration of the implications of climate change.
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The Lightness of Being - Frank Wilczek **** 13 July 2015 - A really mixed book. Excellent on quarks, and to get a picture of how quantum field theorists work. Some of the other physics is less well explained.
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Chilled: Tom Jackson **** 5 July 2015 - A good, approachable exploration of the science of coldness and cooling, with some excellent stories along the way.

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