You and math broke up back in high school? With Stein’s book—which illustrates how re-learning arithmetic can save you money, help you win an argument and much more—you may consider getting back together.
Brain Candy: Science, Paradoxes, Puzzles, Logic, and Illogic to Nourish Your Neurons by Garth Sundem
It’s hard not to judge a book by its cover, especially when it advertises something so sweet and rewarding and includes discoveries about the science of body language, "how your diet might make you dumb" and "the truth about brain sweat." Play games and get smart with this compendium on the latest in neuroscience.
Games do a body good—even the video variety. Here, McGonigal, the director of Game Research and Development at the Institute for the Future, shows how gamers help “improve the quality of our daily lives, fight social problems like depression and obesity and address vital 21st century challenges.”
Whether you’re struggling to open a pickle jar, rid yourself of nasty garlic breath or move a baby grand piano through a not-so-grand doorway, Frary’s got a practical scientific solution (think physics, chemistry, geometry) to solve your household problems.
This antidote for the absent-minded builds on the idea that the brain can rewire itself for learning and memory—with the help of word games, visual spatial challenges trivia and more. And Emmy Award-winning author Brunelle has plenty of smarty pants street cred: she’s written for Cranium, Brain Quest and Bill Nye the Science Guy.