Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Birdbooker Report 80

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“How does one distinguish a truly civilized nation from an aggregation of
barbarians? That is easy. A civilized country produces much good bird
–Edgar Kincaid

The Birdbooker Report is a special weekly report of a wide variety of science, nature and behavior books that currently are, or soon will be available for purchase. This report is written by one of my Seattle birding pals and book collector, Ian “Birdbooker” Paulsen, and is edited by me and published here for your information and enjoyment. Below the fold is this week’s issue of The Birdbooker Report which lists ecology, environment, natural history and bird books that are (or will soon be) available for purchase.


  1. Resh, Vincent H. and Ring T. Carde (editors). Encyclopedia of Insects (2nd edition). 2009. Academic Press. Hardbound: 1132 pages. Price: $120.00 U.S. [Amazon: $96.00]. SUMMARY: This standard entomological reference has been updated with several new entries and updates of almost all the original entries. Many new illustrations have been added and references for further readings have been updated. Anyone with an interest in insects will want this book!

New and Recent Titles:

  1. Holmes, Richard. The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science. 2009. Pantheon. Hardbound: 552 pages. Price: $40.00 U.S. [Amazon: $26.40]. SUMMARY: This book examines the history of science in Europe between the years 1770 and 1830, often called the Romantic Age. The author writes about such people as Joseph Banks, William Herschel, Humphry Davy and their discoveries during this time period. Anyone with an interest in science history will want to read this book! GrrlScientist comment: This book sounds fascinating. I would love to read and review it on my blog!

You can read all the Birdbooker Reports in the archives on this site, and Ian now has his own website, The Birdbooker’s Bookcase, where you can read his synopses about newly published science, nature and animal books. But Ian assures me that he still loves us here, so he’ll still share his weekly Birdbooker Reports with us!