astronomy

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Science! What’s it good for? Working towards better knowledge about the natural world! Under review today are two books that approach what science is and what it’s good for from very different angles. Steven Weinberg is a Nobel laureate in physics and in his book To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science he…

Sometimes a book isn’t quite what you expected. And you’re disappointed. Sometimes a book isn’t quite what you expected and you’re pleasantly surprised. Chris Impey and Holly Henry’s Dreams of Other Worlds: The Amazing Story of Unmanned Space Exploration definitely falls into the latter category. What was I expecting? From the subtitle I was hoping…

Here’s a hint. Never, ever, ever put the following sentence in any non-fiction book you are writing: This is dull stuff. (p. 165) Testify! An object lesson on non-success for popular science books to compare and contrast with an object lesson for success in popular science books. But, to be fair, the book under consideration…

A month or so ago I posted on Scholarly Societies: Why Bother?, basically on the challenges that scholarly societies face in the digital age. I got a few good comments, getting a nice discussion going. I also posed a few questions directly to scholarly societies but unfortunately didn’t get any comments from any of the…

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