Many would argue that the best way to know nature is to go outside and immerse yourself in it. And while direct encounters with wildlife and stunning landscapes can stir the soul, a simple fact remains: nature is much more than meets the eye.
So to dive beneath the surface of the natural world and into the surprising science that powers it, we recommend the three superb reads below, all of which will enrich your next hike, swim, or simple walk through the neighborhood.
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Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs
By Juli Berwald
A renowned ocean scientist offers an inspiring, lucid, meditative ode to coral reefs and the undaunted scientists working to save them against almost impossible odds. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Juli Berwald, in the Next Big Idea App
The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires That Run the World
By Oliver Milman
Three out of every four of our planet’s known animal species are insects. In The Insect Crisis, an acclaimed journalist dives into the evidence that suggests this kaleidoscopic group of creatures is suffering a great existential crisis—an emergency with profound consequences for us all. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Oliver Milman, in the Next Big Idea App
Methuselah’s Zoo: What Nature Can Teach Us About Living Longer, Healthier Lives
By Steven N. Austad
An acclaimed biologist (and former Hollywood lion trainer) shares stories of long-lived animal species—from thousand-year-old tubeworms to 400-year-old sharks—and what they might teach us about human health and longevity. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Steven N. Austad, in the Next Big Idea App
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