A new book, Climate Change: The Science of Global Warming and Our Energy Future, serves as an excellent, long-needed primer on the workings of earth’s climate. Authored by Edmond A. Mathez, curator of a major exhibit on climate change at the American Museum of Natural History, it is clearly aimed at college students–but is clearly also just one of the best, most readable works on the topic for anyone. In addition to his work a museum curator, Mathez is an adjunct research scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, a longtime center of seminal climate research, and prominent researchers there contributed to reviewing the book. The expertise shows in chapters covering the basics of atmosphere, oceans, past climates and cycling of carbon, and makes it the place to go if you want the most succinct answers to questions both overarching and esoteric. (Where does carbon come from, and where does it go? So, what is a Dansgaard-Oeschger event, anyway?) Extensive illustrations, a huge bibliography and a student companion by Lamont climate researcher Jason Smerdon add value. The book is published by Columbia University Press.