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Magnificent Mistakes in Mathematics

September 20, 2013 0 Comments the_category Category:Nature & Science
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By Alfred S. Posamentier, Ingmar Lehmann Prometheus Books, $24.00, 300 pages Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann offer a playful journey through the punctilious world of amazing mathematical concepts, from Euclid and Pythagoras to recent mathematicians, René des Cartes and Carl …

The King of Infinite Space: Euclid and His Elements

May 21, 2013 0 Comments the_category Category:Nature & Science
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By David Berlinski Basic Books, $24.00, 192 pages What amazes me about Euclid is that not only did he compose all the postulates and theorems that define Euclidian Geometry, but he literally invented geometry.  This effort also includes all the …

The Spine of the Continent: The Most Ambitious Wildlife Conservation Project Ever Undertaken

December 21, 2012 0 Comments the_category Category:Nature & Science
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By Mary Ellen Hannibal Lyons Press, $24.95, 272 pages With a superb purpose and excellent pictorial aids, Mary Ellen Hannibal depicts The Spine of the Continent, the title of which also describes this legendary region. The wildlife sanctuary, which the author outlines in …

How Children Succeed

September 21, 2012 0 Comments the_category Category:Nature & Science
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By Paul Tough Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27.00, 272 pages Through the many trials and tribulations of those he examines in his new book, Paul Tough explains what it takes to be successful in school. His use of character sketches outlines …

Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Eating

September 17, 2012 0 Comments the_category Category:Nature & Science
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By Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Kathryn Bowers Knopf, $26.95, 310 pages Zoobiquity reveals a hidden side of animal behavior few suspected ever existed. Most of the book is written in the first person narrative style with Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., holding the reins. The link between …

Destination Mars

September 17, 2012 0 Comments the_category Category:Nature & Science
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By Rod Pyle Prometheus Books, $19.00, 348 pages Rod Pyle delivers an in-depth, clear recollection of the Mars’ topology, geology and its importance in the Solar System, including similarities it shares with Earth. Pyle provides an important, rich historical background back to …

Evolving: The Human Effect and Why It Matters

August 8, 2012 0 Comments the_category Category:Nature & Science
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By Daniel J. Fairbanks Prometheus Books, $19.00, 352 pages This book details evolution in a way that is refreshing and intellectually satisfying. The entire book is a menu of evidence organized by categorical domains. This approach gives the reader a special insight into …

The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human

June 27, 2012 0 Comments the_category Category:Nature & Science
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By Jonathan Gottschall Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24.00, 256 pages It’s about time someone has chosen to put storytelling into its proper perspective. And the author does so in superb detail. The Storytelling Animal is a fun-packed adventure of the human soul, …

Bird Sense: What It’s Like to Be a Bird

June 27, 2012 0 Comments the_category Category:Nature & Science
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By Tim Birkhead Walker, $25.00, 355 pages Describing the senses of birds provides an unusually informative insight into what it’s like to be the creature. According to Birkhead, birds have a special knack of seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and otherwise …

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

April 30, 2012 0 Comments the_category Category:Nature & Science
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By Charles Duhigg Random House, $28.00, 373 pages Charles Duhigg depicts a clever diagram to uncover why we do what we do. He does so by identifying a craving, which gives us a cue, which leads to a routine, reinforced …

The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must

February 29, 2012 2 Comments the_category Category:Nature & Science
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By Robert Zubrin Free Press, $16.99, 383 pages Mars has been on everybody’s mind lately. Can we afford to go? Can we afford not to go? Here is the book we’ve been desperately waiting for. It builds on the book Packing …

Powering the Future: How We Will (Eventually) Solve the Energy Crisis and Fuel the Civilization of Tomorrow

February 11, 2012 0 Comments the_category Category:Nature & Science
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By Robert B. Laughlin Basic Books, $26.99, 223 pages While politicians dazzle you with a promise of endless supplies of fossil fuel energy, Robert Laughlin lays out a sober outline of powering the future. The clock began winding down since the discovery …

Drive and Curiosity: What Fuels the Passion for Science

February 11, 2012 0 Comments the_category Category:Nature & Science
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By Istvan Hargittai Prometheus Books, $26.00, 338 pages With humor and clever twists that invite the reader to discover his world, Hargittai reveals a careful examination of the drive and curiosity that underlie all that we do. He achieves this by examining …