Volume 93 | Number 4 | July-August 2005
A review of The End of the Certain World: The Life and Science of Max Born, by Nancy Thorndike Greenspan. A biography that excels in its portrayal of Born’s tragic personal life.
A review of 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos, by Jennet Conant, and Inventing Los Alamos: The Growth of an Atomic Community, by Jon Hunner. Anecdotes of life in the hometown of the Bomb.
A review of The Ethical Brain, by Michael S. Gazzaniga. Will discoveries about brain function and organization challenge the conventional wisdom underlying our morality and system of justice?
A review of Brain Fiction: Self-Deception and the Riddle of Confabulation, by William Hirstein. Is the orbitofrontal cortex the culprit in confabulation syndromes?
A review of The Fly in the Cathedral: How a Group of Cambridge Scientists Won the International Race to Split the Atom, by Brian Cathcart. How intellectual curiosity led physicists into the nucleus.
A review of The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith, by David L. Ulin. Must people invoke a fabric of mythology and superstition to cope with living in earthquake country?
A review of Converging Realities: Toward a Common Philosophy of Physics and Mathematics, by Roland Omnès. Omnès says that mathematics is "the laws governing
A review of The Triumph of Numbers: How Counting Shaped Modern Life, by I. Bernard Cohen. The history of the rise of social statistics, told through individual cases.
A review of Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons, by George Pendle, and Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science, by M. G. Lord. The early days of American rocketry research.
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