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The best science books of 2019

As part of Prospect's Books of the Year special, we round up the best science books

By Prospect Team   Winter Special

One of the scientific revolution’s great achievements was the categorisation of nature. But some categories turned out to be misleading. The classic example is race, the subject of Angela Saini’s Superior (Fourth Estate). Given that racial divisions are so culturally determined—in the US many mixed-race people are classified as black—it makes little sense to ascribe them genetically inherited characteristics. Ironically, she argues, well-meaning attempts to identify health problems with particular races reinforce the same binaries.

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