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Volume 91 | Number 3 | May-June 2003

It's Elementary

Tim Royappa

In The Ingredients, Philip Ball sets forth an idiosyncratic history of the elements, ending with an engaging portrayal of some of their technological applications

The Science of History

Lewis Pyenson

What do science, history and art have in common? Metaphor, says John Lewis Gaddis in The Landscape of History—they all depend on the recognition of patterns

In Galileo's Orbit

Brian Ogilvie

In The Eye of the Lynx, members of a small scientific society founded in 1603 use their minds and a microscope to penetrate the surface appearance of things. Author David Freedberg gives their activities the same close scrutiny they gave the natural world

Forever Young

S.Jay Olshansky

Lenny Guarente's candid account in Ageless Quest of his search for genes that influence the aging process is inspirational, but his interest in capitalizing on his research commercially is not

Genome Politics: An Insider's Story

Dorothy Nelkin

The Common Thread combines an account by John Sulston of his professional evolution with a history of the Human Genome Project that explores its shift from a small collective enterprise to a gigantic commercial venture

Paradoxes in Paradise

Martin Davis

In The Search for Certainty, Marcus Giaquinto examines research into the foundations of mathematics

Boyle's Collaborator

Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent

Alchemy Tried in the Fire emphasizes the historical importance of early "chymist" George Starkey, who tutored Robert Boyle in natural philosophy

Tangled Up in Blue

Jonathan Schaeffer

Two recent books offer an in-depth look at the development of Deep Blue, the chess program that defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997

In Search of Interior Riches

Reuben Hersh

Geometrical Landscapes notes that 17th-century mathematicians were closely involved in expeditions (for which they performed navigational calculations) and shared with geographical explorers a "standard narrative of exploration and discovery"

Face Time

Kerstin Dautenhahn

Designing Sociable Robots explains the hardware, software and experimental development of Kismet, a humanoid robotic head that can use its articulated face to express emotions as it interacts with people

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