Where’s My Fusion Reactor?

Despite decades of research, the predicted date we’ll achieve unlimited and cheap fusion energy seems to recede even as we approach it. A new book explains, among other things, why that is.

A Piece of the Sun: The Quest for Fusion Energy. Daniel Clery. 320 pages. Overlook Press.

Fungi, Then and Now

Two recent books approach the same ubiquitous organisms with passion but through wildly different lenses.

Fungal Biology in the Origin and Emergence of Life. David Moore. 236 pages. Cambridge University Press. (Paper.)

The Kingdom of Fungi. Jens H. Petersen. 272 pages. Princeton University Press.


Much Ado About Next to Nothing

An economist and a public affairs professor­ say that scarcity is more pervasive, troublesome and significant than previously thought.

Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much. Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir. 304 pages. Times Books.

What’s a Book on Dogs for?

A canine cognition scientist takes readers on a walk around the neighborhood with two recent additions to the burgeoning dog lit canon.

The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think. Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods. 384 pages. Dutton.

What’s A Dog For? The Surprising History, Science, Philosophy, and Politics of Man’s Best Friend. John Homans. 272 pages. Penguin Press.

A Health Policy Heart Attack

Broken Hearts illuminates the expensive and sometimes fatal ‘American cardiovascular enterprise.’

Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care. David S. Jones. 319 pages. The Johns Hopkins University Press.