Content Collection | New Scientist Live

New Scientist Live is an award-winning, mind-expanding festival of ideas and discoveries for everyone curious about science and why it matters. From 10th-13th October it transforms London with thought-provoking talks, ground-breaking discoveries, workshops and performances.

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We’ve also curated a content collection featuring free chapters from several new Yale science books.  Read on and explore the free chapters below.

1. Falling Felines and Fundamental Physics – Chapter 2: The (Solved) Puzzle of the Falling Cat

How do cats land on their feet? Discover how this question stumped brilliant minds and how its answer helped solve other seemingly impossible puzzles


2. Einstein on the Run – Chapter 6: The Reality of Nature and the Nature of Reality

The first account of the role Britain played in Einstein’s life—first by inspiring his teenage passion for physics, then by providing refuge from the Nazis


3. Reaching for the Moon – Chapter 2: The First Race to the Moon

Fifty years after the Moon landing, a new history of the space race explores the lives of both Soviet and American engineers


4. Mescaline – Prologue: One Bright May Morning

A definitive history of mescaline that explores its mind-altering effects across cultures, from ancient America to Western modernity


5. Nature Strange and Beautiful – Chapter 4: Life’s Common Ancestry, and Its Origin

A beautifully written exploration of how cooperation shaped life on earth, from its single-celled beginnings to complex human societies

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