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Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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tags: book review, Plastic Fantastic, How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World, physics, ethics, fraud, Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, Jan Hendrik Schön, Eugenie Samuel Reich Physicist Jan Hendrik Schön was too good to be true. After graduating from the University of Konstanz in 1997, he was hired by Bell Labs in New…

Why Evolution is True

tags: book review, Why Evolution is True, evolution, creationism, religion, scientific method, Jerry Coyne Considering the plethora of books about evolution out there, is it really necessary to publish yet another one? What can another book about evolution have to offer that previous books have not provided? This new book not only presents the latest…

Experimental Heart: A Novel

tags: Experimental Heart, cancer research thriller, Jennifer L. Rohn, book review Reading science fiction books about scientific research inevitably inspire me to claw my eyes out from sheer frustration with the many shocking inaccuracies before I reach page 100 — Michael Crichton’s truly stupid books crammed with scientific faux pas scream immediately to mind. So…

tags: book review, memoir, homelessness, unemployment, Cadillac Man, Thomas Wagner The homeless are everywhere in New York City. I run across them every day while riding public transit, while walking around the city and while using wireless in the public libraries. After a few conversations with homeless people, I’ve learned that most of them avoid…

tags: books, memoir, religion, godlessness, losing faith, William Lobdell Unlike most people who were raised in a religious household and grew up surrounded by religious people, I never experienced a “crisis of faith” since I never believed there was a god any more than I believed there was a Santa Claus or a Tooth Fairy.…

tags: Evil Genes, borderline personality disorder, machiavellian behavior, successfully sinister, Barbara Oakley, book review I have lived and worked with people whom I have decided, in retrospect, were more than merely hateful and mean-spirited, they were just plain evil. So when Barbara Oakley asked me to read and review her book, Evil Genes: Why Rome…

tags: The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks, Susan Casey, science, adventure, memoir, book review An ocean without its unnamed monsters would be like a completely dreamless sleep. – John Steinbeck, The Log from the Sea of Cortez (Penguin Classics; 1995). Unlike any of the kids I…

tags: African Diaries: Sketches and Observations, nature, wildlife, field research, Africa, David G. Derrick, book review I love art, birds and travel, and because Africa has such a huge variety of exotic wildlife that I’ve only ever seen in zoos and aviaries, it is high on my list of places to visit. Recently, David G.…

Science Book Lovers’ Meme

tags: blogosphere, meme, science books meme Here is a meme that I was tagged with recently by the good peeps at Science on Tap. The author writes; Imagine: YOU are asked to assign a half-dozen-or-so books as required reading for ALL science majors at a college as part of their 4-year degree; NOT technical or…

tags: book review, Peterson Field Guide, field guide to the birds, birding, North American birds, Roger Tory Peterson No one has done more to advance and popularize birdwatching than artist and naturalist, Roger Tory Peterson (RTP), who published his first field guide to the birds in 1934 at the ripe old age of 26. No…