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Volume 96 | Number 5 | September-October 2008

Armageddon Tourism

Hugh Gusterson

A review of A Nuclear Family Vacation: Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry, by Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger. Hodge and Weinberger tour nuclear test sites, weapons design labs, production facilities, bunkers and missile silos in the United States, the Marshall Islands, Kazakhstan, Russia and Iran, giving readers a sense of the vast scale of the nuclear weapons enterprise that has been built since the early 1940s

Recovering the Past

Robert J. Richards

A review of On Deep History and the Brain, by Daniel Lord Smail. Smail rethinks historical techniques, exploring the explanatory possibilities of sociobiology and theories of brain development

Applied Geometry

Stan Wagon

A review of How Round Is Your Circle?: Where Engineering and Mathematics Meet, by John Bryant and Chris Sangwin. Computer modeling of various aspects of geometry is all well and good, Wagon observes, but "nothing beats the construction of a physical model"

Two Singular Men

Robert Crease

A review of Einstein and Oppenheimer: The Meaning of Genius, by Silvan S. Schweber. Schweber aims to show that the actions of these two men expanded our notion of what a human being can be and do

The Organisms that Made It All Possible

Audra J. Wolfe

A review of A Guinea Pig's History of Biology, by Jim Endersby. Endersby proposes giving equal time to scientists, their objects of study and the structure of the scientific enterprise, Wolfe says, but there are limitations to his approach

CSI: Mendel

Stephen M. Stigler

A review of Ending the Mendel-Fisher Controversy, by Allan Franklin, A. W. F. Edwards, Daniel J. Fairbanks, Daniel L. Hartl and Teddy Seidenfeld. Did someone screen, or sophisticate, Gregor Mendel’s data? Ronald A. Fisher thought so. The articles in this volume explore in minute detail the issues involved

The Andean Way

Mark Aldenderfer

A review of A Sacred Landscape: The Search for Ancient Peru, by Hugh Thomson. This captivating book "reads like a good travelogue," says Aldenderfer, but in his view, Thomson's romantic rendering of the Andean past is implausible

Changing Assumptions

Londa Schiebinger

A review of Why Aren't More Women in Science?: Top Researchers Debate the Evidence, edited by Stephen J. Ceci and Wendy M. Williams, and Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory: Women Scientists Speak Out, edited by Emily Monosson. The divisions in power that pervade modern institutions and assumptions can be changed, says Schiebinger

Object Lessons

Peter Pesic

A review of Falling for Science: Objects in Mind. Edited and with an introduction by Sherry Turkle. These essays—most of them by students of science, and a few by senior scientists—illuminate the importance of early relationships with objects

Inside Information

Wim van Dam

A review of Quantum Computer Science: An Introduction, by N. David Mermin. This is a good textbook for theoretically oriented self-learning, says van Dam

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