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Archives for January, 2009

Cookbooks with Science

Review by Maria Brumm, from Green Gabbro Originally posted on January 23, 2009, 5:29 AM Since today is National Pie Day, I thought I would list a few of my favorite cookbooks. In particular, the ones that have taught me to bake pie. The ones with science. My staple meringue pie recipe comes from The…

Review by David Dobbs, from Neuron Culture Originally posted on: January 25, 2009 10:45 PM The book opens so thrillingly — a plane crash, a last-second Super Bowl victory, and a first chapter that comfortably reconciles Plato and Ovid with Tom Brady and John Madden — that it spawns a worry: Can the book possibly…

Review by Chad Orzel, from Uncertain Principles Originally posted on: January 25, 2009, 4:18 PM Michael Brooks’s 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense turned up on a lot of “Best science books of 2008″ lists, and the concept of a book about scientific anomalies seemed interesting, so I ordered it from Amazon. It’s a quick…

Review by Scicurious, from Neurotopia Originally posted on: January 19, 2009 1:27 AM It is rare that a non-fiction book, let alone a non-fiction book about science, makes me laugh so hard I have to put the book down until I can get off the floor. In fact, I would say it’s only happened once.…

Review by John Lynch, from Stranger Fruit Originally posted on: January 16, 2009 12:56 PM It is always cute when the anti-evolutionists (in all their guises) try to do history; witness here, for example. Veteran observers are not surprised to find them trying to warp history (see here, here, here & here for that). Nowhere…

Review by Janet D. Stemwedel, from Adventures in Ethics and Science Originally posted on: January 16, 2009 8:35 AM One less fish by Kim Michelle Toft and Allan Sheather Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge Publishing 1998 Within the past week, each of the two Free-Ride offspring picked up this book, read it all the way through, and…

Review by Chad Orzel from Uncertain Principles Originally posted on: Tue, Jan 13, 2009 9:26 AM Or, Brian Greene Writes a Kid’s Book… This is a very odd book. It’s printed on boards, like a book for very small children, but the story is a bit beyond what I would imagine reading to a normal…

Book Reviews: Born Digital and iBrain

Review by Jessica Palmer, on Bioephemera Originally posted on: January 12, 2009 8:20 PM I went to a party the other day wearing the shirt above. I’d seen it online, expressed covetousness, and the staffer actually tracked it down and bought it for me (thus scoring major points for A) an early Christmas present, B)…

[Book] Dry Storeroom No. 1

Review by John M. Lynch at Stranger Fruit Originally posted on: January 11, 2009 4:18 PM I’ve had the pleasure of working behind the scenes in a number of natural history museums. While a grad student, I had an office in the Natural History Museum in Dublin, spent a good deal of time every year…