Volume 93 | Number 5 | September-October 2005
A review of Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom, by Sean B. Carroll. Evolution of the control regions of genes has made us human.
A review of Sneaking a Look at God's Cards: Unraveling the Mysteries of Quantum Mechanics, by Giancarlo Ghirardi. A timely look at the perennial debates over the interpretation of the theory of quantum mechanics.
A review of The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century, by James Howard Kunstler. Is time just about up for industrial civilization as we've known it?
A review of Twenty-First Century Plague: The Story of SARS, by Thomas Abraham. This ringside account of the 2002-2003 outbreak of SARS highlights the dissembling and politicking of authorities in the affected countries.
A review of The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe. Penrose amazes, infuriates and soars to great heights as he makes the case that we are surrounded by a sea of inviting mystery.
A picture review of Wildlife Spectacles, by Russell Mittermeier and others. Stunning photographs of animals amassed in great numbers.
Short takes on three books
A review of Gravity's Shadow: The Search for Gravitational Waves, by Harry Collins. A provocative and convincing book about what really goes on in the world of big science.
A picture review of A Dazzle of Dragonflies, by Forrest L. Mitchell and James L. Lasswell. Two entomologists take a close look at the Devil's darning needles.
A review of The Cultured Chimpanzee: Reflections on Cultural Primatology, by William McGrew. A brief overview of the evidence that culture is not exclusively the province of human beings.
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