Long-time readers will know I’m an absolute fangirl of science writer Ed Yong, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Atlantic, who writes about the world with curiosity, humor, admiration, and joy. His new book is laden with facts facts and more facts, so it’s perfect for the nerds among us who want to know why zebras have stripes and how mantis shrimps see color.
It’s a dense book but, as always, Ed is in masterful command of his craft. The sentences, paragraphs, and chapters are structured so well that wildly complex ideas become concrete, accessible, and fun.
For example: “Meanwhile, the deep-sea crustacean Streetsia challengeri has fused its eyes into a single horizontal cylinder, which looks like a corn dog” (73). Right?!?