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Looking over all the books I read in 2013, there’s one non-fiction book that really stands out as the best. Former astronaut Chris Hadfield’s memoir An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. wasn’t the deepest or most information-packed book I read last year, but it was the most entertaining and involving. And it’s core message…

The story on Albert Einstein is pretty well known. Great scientist, had probably the best year anybody ever had in anything, made a lot of important discoveries revolutionized the way we understand the physical world. But. But somehow he never seemed to get on board with quantum theory. Relativity was his thing and somehow he…

As I’ve often said, there are two kinds of science-themed graphic novels. The kind that’s usually more fun reading are historical or biographical in nature, like a couple of my favourites Feynman or Logicomix. Generally in this species of graphic novel, the actual science content kind of takes a back seat to the historical or…

Some capsule reviews of books I’ve finished over the last little while, in the spirit of catching up. van Grouw, Katrina. The Unfeathered Bird. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013. 304pp. ISBN-13: 978-0691151342 This is a seriously beautiful coffee table-sized scientific illustrations book on birds. Basically the idea of the book is to explore birds through…

Chris Turner’s The War on Science: Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness in Stephen Harper’s Canada (website) is a book that absolutely must be read by every Canadian interested in the future of science and science policy in the country. And the Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government is wagering that that’s a pretty low percentage…

Nikola Tesla is a science rockstar. How can you tell? Like any great rockstar, he’s dead. And he has a rock band named after him. He’s wild and colourful. He epitomizes the mad scientist. He was flamboyant and yet strangely ascetic, he was fond of spectacle and showmanship yet also a bit of a hermit.…

It took me a long time to get through The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out, something like eighteen months to finally wade through it. And it’s not that it was even that bad. It a lot of ways, it was better than I expected. Part of it is…

Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson’s book The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future is pretty obviously not a science book. Rather, it’s a book about Canadian politics. But of course here in Canada these days, it’s hard to talk about science without talking…

Darryl Cunningham’s How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial is a bit different from most of the graphic novels I’ve reviewed in this space. Most of the earlier books I’ve reviewed have been biographical or historical in nature with the more expository ones at least having some fictional narrative wrapped…

An update on reading and reviewing

I’ve been mostly on vacation for the last little while so I’ve fallen a bit behind on writing the book reviews I feature here on the blog fairly regularly. In fact, there might even be a few books that, ahem, have been sitting around read and unreviewed for perhaps even longer than the last month…

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