In this insightful book, science historian (and Scientific American columnist) Oreskes examines the military backing that poured into oceanography programs during World War II and the cold war. The expansion of naval warfare created a sudden need to better understand the deep sea. Overall, the book reminds us that science does not happen in a vacuum. —Andrea ThompsonThe Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferredby Chanda Prescod-WeinsteinBold Type Books, 2021 ($28)“I used to think physics was just physics, separate from people,” writes theoretical physicist Prescod-Weinstein. The company's pharmacists were put on trial for murder and fraud, but no verdict will bring back the lives of those killed by deadly negligence.