Archives for May, 2007

Darwin the Writer

In a pleasant change from the ordinary, Slate has been posting a lot of good stuff lately. Today they have this review of a new book by Janet Browne entitled Darwin’s Origin of Species: A Biography. The review is by Jonathan Weiner:

Via Larry Moran I came across this article, from the journal Cell, about the growth of the science blogosphere: There are close to 50 million weblogs or blogs for short. Blogs provide an online discussion forum for issues of current interest and are updated regularly with new short articles on which readers can comment. The…

Chess in the Schools

Writing at Slate, Ann Hulbert offers some thoughts on the use of chess as an educational tool in elementary schools:

Hello to the Hoofnagles!

The all-encompassing, all-devouring, Science Blogs combine has assimilated another member. Be sure to say hello to the brothers Hoofnagle (if that’s really their name) who write the denialism blog. Only a few posts so far but all of them worth reading. And I notice one of the Hoofnagles is a graduate student at the University…

Reviews of Hitchens’ book are already appearing. Here’s one from Bruce DeSilva of the Associated Press. I found two items of interest. The first is an amusing instance of an error in word choice. DeSilva writes: Hitchens is the reincarnation of H.L. Mencken, the penultimate social critic of the first half of the 20th century,…

Hitchens Joins the Party

Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris have had things to themselves for too long. Now it’s time for Christopher Hitchens to join the party. His new book God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything is now available. So, my summer reading list just got one title longer. In general I have mixed feelings…