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Volume 95 | Number 5 | September-October 2007


The Evil That Men Do

Robert Levine

A review of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, by Philip Zimbardo. Zimbardo applies the lessons of his 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment to contemporary evils ranging from the fraudulence at Enron to the sadism at Abu Ghraib prison, showing how good people can succumb to situational forces that elicit evil actions

Person of the Century

Daniel Kennefick

A review of Einstein: His Life and Universe, by Walter Isaacson. This comprehensive and readable biography is the first to include material from a recently unsealed cache of personal letters

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Robert L. Rabin

A review of The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product that Defined America, by Allan M. Brandt. The dramatic story of how the cigarette industry grew to prominence—and was eventually brought to a reckoning by scientific evidence that its products are harmful

Not So Dismal After All?

David Colander

A review of The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why It Matters, by Diane Coyle. Coyle takes readers around the world of economics in 280 pages, but she fails to convince Colander that the field today has soul

Bohr's Grand Battle

Michael D. Gordin

A review of Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science, by David Lindley, and Faust in Copenhagen: A Struggle for the Soul of Physics, by Gino Segrè. The story of how indeterminism became a central tenet of modern physics

Blind Spots

William B. Swann

A review of Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts, by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. Cognitive-dissonance theory explains a great deal

Bombs We Can Stop

Matthew Bunn

A review of The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor, by William Langewiesche. Bunn fears that this book's emphasis on the inevitability of nuclear proliferation may discourage people from taking action to prevent it

Six Millennia of Truth Seeking

Robert Crease

A review of From Clockwork to Crapshoot: A History of Physics, by Roger G. Newton. This concise survey of well-marked territory is best suited for beginners, says Crease

Elemental Deductions

Seymour Mauskopf

A review of The Periodic Table: Its Story and Significance, by Eric R. Scerri. Scerri shows that the relation between quantum mechanics and the explanation of chemical periodicity is complex

A Witness for Nature

David Schoonmaker

A review of The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement, by Mark Hamilton Lytle, and Courage for the Earth: Writers, Scientists, and Activists Celebrate the Life and Writing of Rachel Carson, edited by Peter Matthiessen. Reflections on two books that bring to life Carson's writings, convictions and dedication


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