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Volume 96 | Number 3 | May-June 2008

Speaking Honestly to Power

Sheila Jasanoff

A review of The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics, by Roger A. Pielke, Jr. The guidance that Pielke offers science advisers rests on a map of the science policy world that is too simple, says Jasanoff

The Wisdom of "Mom"

Steve Shapin

A review of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, by Michael Pollan. What has gone wrong with scientific expertise about food, Pollan says, is its focus on the measurement of specific constituent nutrients

Choosing One's Battles

Barry Castleman

A review of Secret History of the War on Cancer, by Devra Davis. According to Davis, the "war on cancer" has fought the wrong battles, ignoring the disease's preventable industrial and environmental causes

A 20th-Century Faust

Mark Walker

A review of Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War, by Michael J. Neufeld. This nuanced biography of Wernher von Braun shows that his true genius was as a manager of large, complex science and engineering projects, from the V-2 combat rocket to the Saturn V launch vehicle

The Benefits of a Long Childhood

Ethan Remmel

A review of Why Youth Is Not Wasted on the Young: Immaturity in Human Development, by David Bjorklund. Human development takes as long as it does for good reasons and therefore shouldn't be rushed, says Bjorklund

Art in Code

Brian Hayes

A review of Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists, by Casey Reas and Ben Fry, and Visualizing Data, by Ben Fry. These two books serve as useful introductions to the programming language called Processing, which is intended for creating work in the visual arts

Plants as a Force of Nature

Jennifer C. McElwain

A review of The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth's History, by David Beerling. Beerling tracks major evolutionary events in the plant kingdom through geological time, showing how they have influenced global environmental conditions over the eons

Looking at Patterns, Not People

Scott L. Feld

A review of The Social Atom: Why the Rich Get Richer, Cheaters Get Caught, and Your Neighbor Usually Looks Like You, by Mark Buchanan. Buchanan suggests that people are like atoms, obeying simple rules with "lawlike" regularity

Variations on a Theme

Michael A. Bell

A review of Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body, by Neil Shubin. Shubin traces the imprint of our fishy ancestors on our anatomy and recounts some of the highlights of his career

Picking Up Stitches

Anna Lena Phillips

A review of Making Mathematics with Needlework, edited by sarah-marie belcastro and Carolyn Yackel. This collection of mathematics papers and craft projects offers entertainment and challenges for needleworkers and math fans alike.

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