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Interrogating life on Earth and beyond, one curious question at a time.

We live in complex times. This is a world where Big Data is used to influence elections, info- and biotech are threatening our livelihoods, we’re seeing a resurgence of ultra-nationalism in response to refugees fleeing warzones, our reliance on petrochemicals is destroying the planet, terrorism is a constant threat, supermassive black holes are gobbling up the universe, and on it goes…

Thankfully, there are plenty of independent thinkers, academics, experts and explainers who not only understand the labyrinthine pushes and pulls operating around us, but are also able to unravel complex webs into threads we can grasp. Here are some incredible books that help explain little bits of everything.

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