THE INVENTION OF AIR BY STEVEN JOHNSON

Steven Johnson's pop-science writing is always engaging, and while his latest book won't start arguments like Everything Bad Is Good for You did, it will expose readers to the once-controversial Joseph Priestley, who helped found Unitarianism, befriended Ben Franklin, and discovered oxygen.

The Invention of Air by Steven Johnson [Riverhead, $26]

Steven Johnson's pop-science writing is always engaging, and while his latest book won't start arguments like Everything Bad Is Good for You did, it will expose readers to the once-controversial Joseph Priestley, who helped found Unitarianism, befriended Ben Franklin, and discovered oxygen. Timothy Hodler

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