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Volume 93 | Number 4 | July-August 2005

Born unto Trouble

David Cassidy

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.

The Bomb's Hometown

Val Fitch

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.

Brain-Based Values

Patricia Churchland

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?

Spin Central

Dan Lloyd

A review of Brain Fiction: Self-Deception and the Riddle of Confabulation, by William Hirstein. Is the orbitofrontal cortex the culprit in confabulation syndromes?

Probing the Nucleus

Peter Westwick

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.

Shaky Reasoning

Susan Hough

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 Physicist's Philosophy of Mathematics

Reuben Hersh

A review of Converging Realities: Toward a Common Philosophy of Physics and Mathematics, by Roland Omnès. Omnès says that mathematics is "the laws governing

Keeping Tabs

Tom Körner

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.

The Three Rocketeers

Geoffrey Landis

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.

Total Records : 14


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