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Exposing Fools Gladly

Malcolm Sherman

A review of Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud, by Robert L. Park.


Defending the Weak

Linda Schmalbeck

A review of Harmony and Conflict in the Living World, by Alexander F. Skutch.


The Vertical World

Richard Knight

A review of Cliff Ecology: Pattern and Process in Cliff Ecosystems, by Douglas W. Larson, Uta Matthes and Peter E. Kelly.


For the Birds

Trevor Pitcher

A review of Restoring North America's Birds: Lessons from Landscape Ecology, by Robert A. Askins.


In Pursuit of Potions

Donald McGraw

A review of Medicine Quest: In Search of Nature's Healing Secrets, by Mark J. Plotkin.


How Not to Solve It

William Thompson

A review of The Random Walks of George Pólya, by Gerald L. Alexanderson and Mathematical Fallacies, Flaws, and Flimflam, by Edward J. Barbeau.


Remote, Spectacular and Endangered


The Minoan Eruption

Svend Rasmussen

A review of Fire in the Sea. The Santorini Volcano: Natural History and the Legend of Atlantis, by Walter L. Friedrich.


Defying Genomania

Rob Dorit

A review of It Ain't Necessarily So: The Dream of the Human Genome and Other Illusions, by Richard Lewontin and The Triple Helix: Gene, Organism and Environment, by Richard Lewontin.


Exotica of Stars

Angela Olinto

A review of Cosmic Catastrophes: Supernovae, Gamma-Ray Bursts, and Adventures in Hyperspace, by J. Craig Wheeler.


Fossil-Fuel Fallout

Stephen Pyne

A review of Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World, by J. R. McNeill.


Fuel Cell Start-Up

Timothy Lipman

A review of Powering the Future: The Ballard Fuel Cell and the Race to Change the World, by Tom Koppel.


Before There Were Two Cultures

William Newman

A review of Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolution, by Lisa Jardine.


Engines of Tomorrow, The Bit and the Pendulum, and more . . .


Thinking Tools

Thomas Isenhour

A review of Sparks of Genius: The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People, by Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein.


Vent Investigations

Ellis Yochelson

A review of The Ecology of Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents, by Cindy Lee Van Dover.


From Eugenics to Genomics

Michael Yudell

A review of The Meanings of the Gene: Public Debates About Human Heredity, by Celeste Michelle Condit.


Fossils of Abu Dhabi

J. David Archibald

A review of Fossil Vertebrates of Arabia: With Emphasis on the Late Miocene Faunas, Geology, and Palaeoenvironments of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, edited by Peter J. Whybrow and Andrew Hill.


Travels with Pyle

Rod Crawford

A review of Chasing Monarchs: Migrating with the Butterflies of Passage, by Robert Michael Pyle.


Overheard in the Park

Martin Davis

A review of The Advent of the Algorithm: The Idea that Rules the World, by David Berlinski.


To Ban or Not to Ban

Gail Charnley

A review of Pandora's Poison: Chlorine, Health, and a New Environmental Strategy, by Joe Thornton.


Limbic Love

Roger Martin

A review of A General Theory of Love, by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon.


The Case of the Deformed Frogs

Norman Johnson

A review of A Plague of Frogs: The Horrifying True Story, by William Souder and Hormonal Chaos: The Scientific and Social Origins of the Environmental Endocrine Hypothesis, by Sheldon Krimsky.


Darwinians Look at Rape, Sex and War

Craig Stanford

A review of A Natural History of Rape: Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion, by Randy Thornhill and Craig T. Palmer and Why Sex Matters: A Darwinian Look at Human Behavior, by Bobbi S. Low.


"A Strange New Quantum Ethics"

Jonothan Logan

A review of Copenhagen, by Michael Frayn.


The Moral Landscape of Bomb Physics

Gregg Herken

A review of In the Shadow of the Bomb: Bethe, Oppenheimer, and the Moral Responsibility of the Scientist, by Silvan S. Schweber.


Expansion Is Accelerating

Pangratios Papacosta

A review of The Runaway Universe: The Race to Find the Future of the Cosmos, by Donald Goldsmith.


Supersymmetry X 2

Bjorn Andreas

A review of The Quantum Theory of Fields: Volume III. Supersymmetry, by Steven Weinberg.





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