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Volume 92 | Number 4 | July-August 2004

Concrete Sky

Frank Diller

A Statistician in Embryo

John Aldrich

Theodore M. Porter's new biography shows us the young Karl Pearson, a man of many talents

Pandora's Baby, Bicycling Science, The Mapmaker's Wife and more . . .

David Schneider

Entomological Tales

William Shear

Thomas Eisner's For Love of Insects is a manual for discovery, which also imparts an intuitive understanding of evolution

The Accidental Scientist

Steve Shapin

The late Robert K. Merton's book on serendipity and science notes that chance indeed favors the prepared mind

Life, the Universe and Everything

Anthony Grafton

Maps of Time draws on the work of modern cosmologists, geologists, evolutionary biologists and archaeologists to trace history on the most immense scale imaginable

Milgram's Progress

Robert Levine

It would be difficult to overestimate the influence of Stanley Milgram's controversial obedience experiments, in which subjects proved surprisingly willing to follow instructions to administer electric shocks to people. More than 40 years later, these "shock studies" are still being discussed, most recently for the light they may shed on the treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. A new biography shows Milgram to have been "a brilliant, inventive, slightly spooky Renaissance man."

Venal Combat

Paul Rabinow

James Shreeve provides a riveting, blow-by-blow account of the technological and moral battles fought by, and between, those sequencing the human genome

Annals of Cryptology

Cipher Deavours

Herbert O. Yardley, a colorful and controversial figure who established the first U.S. codebreaking agency in 1917, is the subject of The Reader of Gentlemen's Mail

Berenty's Thorny Past and Present

Patricia Wright

Alison Jolly's autobiographical history of southern Madagascar and its people shows her to be an expert storyteller

Total Records : 14


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