Witty and elegant … Cordelia Fine. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian
The mathematician remembers the day her mom first told her about graph- she felt as if her brain was contorting, and it’s a impression she still gets when doing research. It’s one her readers can share. Beyond Infinity begins with an energetic exposition of endlessness, before investigating the mathematical territory the concept opens up with the help of iPods, snorkelling and Winnie-the-Pooh. The Art of Logic is due in September.
David George Haskell
On a cold January hike in 2004, Haskell, a biologist, procured himself confronted with a selection. He could carry on writing scientific papers, following his enthusiasm for poetry and meditation on the side, or he could bring these interests together. The outcome was The Forest Unseen , a lyrical account of the year he spent returning to that very spot. His 2017 volume The Anthems of Trees explores the interconnectedness of nature through portraits of 12 individual trees.
Fitzharris’s hugely entertaining debut The Butchering Art told the story of Victorian medication through the life of Quaker surgeon Joseph Lister. A qu
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