Summer books for the science-minded

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Science  19 Jun 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6241, pp. 1306-1307
DOI: 10.1126/science.348.6241.1306-a

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Packed with adventure, intrigue, and even a romance or two, this year's picks feature all the fun of a good "summer read" without the fluff. Join a quest to find the elusive, endangered saola in a remote mountain range in Laos, or reflect on a life spent unlocking the secrets of the mind with the incomparable Oliver Sacks. Tag along on a trek to the rainiest place on earth, embark on a sci-fi space odyssey, or explore the rich ecosystem surrounding a derelict farm in the heart of France. Is digital currency poised to change the world? How does our sense of taste divide the world into delight and disgust? Why are we obsessed with invisibility, and how have advances in optics and metamaterials brought us closer to attaining it? These answers and more await you in the books reviewed herein.