Books in English

How to Love the Universe: A Scientist's Ode to the Beauty Behind the Visible World

Publisher: The Experiment New York, 2018

A fascinating, eye-opening reconsideration of the marvels of space, time, physics, and more

How to Love the Universe is a new kind of science writing by an author truly enamored of the world around him. In ten short chapters of lyrical prose—each one an ode to an awe-inspiring realm of the universe—Stefan Klein uses everyday objects as a springboard to meditate on the beauty of the underlying science.

Klein sees in a single rose the magical interdependence of all life; a greying beard leads him to ponder the irreversibility of time; a marble conjures the birth of the cosmos. As he contemplates the deepest mysteries—the nature of reality, dark matter, humanity’s place among the galaxies, and more—Klein encourages us to fall in love with the universe the way scientists do: with a grasp of the key concepts that bring to life the wonders of, really, everything.

 

UK Title: On the Edge of Infinity

On the Edge of Infinity: Encounters with the Beauty of the Universe

Publisher: Octopus London, 2018

A fascinating, eye-opening reconsideration of the marvels of space, time, physics, and more

How to Love the Universe is a new kind of science writing by an author truly enamored of the world around him. In ten short chapters of lyrical prose—each one an ode to an awe-inspiring realm of the universe—Stefan Klein uses everyday objects as a springboard to meditate on the beauty of the underlying science.

Klein sees in a single rose the magical interdependence of all life; a greying beard leads him to ponder the irreversibility of time; a marble conjures the birth of the cosmos. As he contemplates the deepest mysteries—the nature of reality, dark matter, humanity’s place among the galaxies, and more—Klein encourages us to fall in love with the universe the way scientists do: with a grasp of the key concepts that bring to life the wonders of, really, everything.

US Title: How to Love the Universe

Survival of the Nicest

Publisher: The Experiment Publishers (US), Scirbe (UK, AUS),2014

In a book certain to change our thinking and our actions, science writer Stefan Klein argues that selfishness is self-defeating and proves the evolutionary advantages of altruism.

We All Are Stardust

Publisher: The Experiment Publishers (US), Scribe (UK, AUS), 2015

World-leading natural and social scientists shed light on their discoveries and lives in conversation with Stefan Klein

Leonardo's Legacy

Publisher: Da Capo Books (US, UK)

How can any single individual create the Mona Lisa, study the flow of blood in the human heart, and construct functional flying machines? How does a Renaissance artist adopt a satellite perspective in drawing street maps that can still be used today? How does a dandy and visionary from the village of Vinci—a committed vegetarian and pacifist—develop weapons of mass destruction for use by bloodthirsty tyrants? Stefan Klein takes readers on a fascinating journey through time to the world of the great genius Leonardo, providing a unique glimpse into the mind of this inventor, scientist, and pioneer of a new world, and highlighting the myriad insights to be gained from him.

Time (US Title:The Secret Pulse of Time)

Publisher: Da Capo Books (USA) , Penguin. (UK), Scribe (Australia)

 Our modern lives are ruled by minutes and hours. We race from one thing to the next, all of us believing on some level that a mysterious cosmic force called 'time' is ticking on. And it's always short in supply.

But is the time we live really like that? Could there be in fact another, alternative version entwined with the official one? Stefan Klein explores the hidden story of time, looking at everything form when the present becomes the past to the tribe that sees the future backwards, from when sex is best to why the years seem to speed by as we age. And he reveals how we can learn to live in harmony with the secret clock within us, altering our perceptions to transform our lives.

With his unerring eye for telling detail, Stefan Klein effortlessly combines original investigation and reportage, personal revelation, and a wide-ranging, commanding presentation of scientific research among disciplines including brain physiology, social psychology, philosophy, and Einsteinian physics - with the goal of guiding us not only to better master time but also to understand why we so often fail to do so.

To be enjoyed in the morning or the evening(depending on your body clock), this book will make you think the next time you check your watch - and maybe even slow down a little.

English Translation: Shelley Frisch

The Science of Happiness

Publisher: Da Capo Books (USA), Scribe Publications (Australia)

We all know what it feels like to be happy, but what mechanisms inside our brains trigger such a positive emotion? What does it really feel to be happy, and why can't we feel that way all the time?

Psychologists and neuroscientists have been studying negative emotions for decades, but until recently few have focused on the subject of happiness.

Now, in "The Science of Happiness", leading science writer Stefan Klein ranges widely across the latest frontiers of neuroscience and psychology to explain how happiness is generated in our brains, what biological purpose it serves, and the conditions required to foster the "pursuit of happiness". A remarkable synthesis of a growing body of research that has not heretofore been brought together, "The Science of Happiness" is, ultimately, a book that helps us to understand our own quest for happiness - and is certain to make you happier. 

English Translation: Stephen Lehmann