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Volume 94 | Number 5 | September-October 2006

Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls of Gaia!

Brian Hayes

A review of The Revenge of Gaia: Earth's Climate Crisis and the Fate of Humanity, by James Lovelock. Time to stock up on flashlight batteries, canned goods and ammo?

Peeks at Peaks

Fred Mackenzie

A review of Mountains from Space: Peaks and Ranges of the Seven Continents. This coffee-table book with outstanding satellite imagery shows why the Earth's largest mountain ranges have long fascinated humankind

Short takes on three books

Christopher Brodie, Michael Szpir, Amos Esty

Travelogues from Lilliput

George Whitesides

A review of The Dance of Molecules: How Nanotechnology Is Changing Our Lives, by Ted Sargent, and Nano-Hype: The Truth Behind the Nanotechnology Buzz, by David Berube. Two new books on nanotechnology, both well worth reading, come to very different conclusions about the promises and potential of this growing field

Reflected Light?

Barry Allen

A review of Doctor Franklin's Medicine, by Stanley Finger. Finger provides a valuable and entertaining, if perhaps insufficiently critical, look at a Founding Father's contributions to medicine

The Professor Comes of Age

Sheldon Rothblatt

A review of Academic Charisma and the Origins of the Research University, by William Clark. An astounding account of the creation of the modern academy through manipulation of the universities by government functionaries to achieve the larger technological and bureaucratic aims of the state

Top Secret

Gregg Herken

A review of The Jasons: The Secret History of Science's Postwar Elite, by Ann Finkbeiner. Finkbeiner shines a spotlight on a hush-hush group of top scientists who since 1960 have helped the government find solutions to difficult technical problems having mostly to do with defense

Escaping Illusion?

Kim Sterelny

A review of Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, by Daniel C. Dennett. Dennett's intended audience of believers will rightly regard his evolutionary model of religion as corrosive and his scientific inquiry into the roots of religious belief as poisonous

Biotech, Red in Tooth and Claw

Nathaniel Comfort

A review of Challenging Nature: The Clash of Science and Spirituality at the New Frontiers of Life, by Lee M. Silver. According to Silver, who is perhaps unreasonbly optimistic about the promise of science, opponents of biotechnology are blinded by spirituality

Gestalt Entomology

William E. Conner

A review of Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity, by Stephen A. Marshall. This excellent guide to the identification of the members of the most common insect families lends itself to a gestalt approach to recognizing taxa

Total Records : 12


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