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The Rise of Whales

Richard Stucky

A review of The Emergence of Whales: Evolutionary Patterns in the Origin of Cetacea, edited by J. G. M. Thewissen.


Quantum Blur

Daniel Radov

A review of Quantum Philosophy: Understanding and Interpreting Contemporary Science, by Roland OmnFs.


Ebb and Flow

Mordechai Feingold

A review of Tides: A Scientific History, by David E. Cartwright.


The Properties of Polymers

Tim Royappa

A review of Polymer Handbook, 4th ed, edited by J. Brandrup, E. H. Immergut and E. A. Grulke.


Author Argues that Everyone Is Born with a Head for Numbers

Malcolm Sherman

A review of What Counts: How Every Brain is Hardwired for Math, by Brian Butterworth.


Semi-fantastic Voyage

David Wilson

A review of Going Inside: A Tour Round a Single Moment of Consciousness, by John McCrone.


The Dubious Pleasure of Yet More Feynman

Robert Root-Bernstein

A review of The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard Feynman, by Richard Feynman.


Our Photogenic Neighbors


REM and Its Reason

Greg Fitch

A review of The Paradox of Sleep: The Story of Dreaming, by Michel Jouvet.


Brushes with Greatness

Thomas Isenhour

A review of On Giants' Shoulders: Great Scientists and their Discoveries—from Archimedes to DNA, by Melvyn Bragg.


Beyond Faraday's Glare

Bruce Hunt

A review of Frankenstein's Children: Electricity, Exhibition, and Experiment in Early-Nineteenth-Century London, by Iwan Rhys Morus.


Of Alar, E. Coli and Polar Bears: Two Mirrors on Environmental Risk

Louise Ball

A review of Environmental Cancer: A Political Disease? by S. Robert Lichter and Stanley Rothman and The Polar Bear Strategy: Reflections on Risk in Modern Life, by John F. Ross.


Adroit Archaeoastronomer

Alexander Gurshtein

A review of Astronomy in Prehistoric Britain and Ireland, by Clive L. N. Ruggles.


Cell: The Early Years

Robert Peterson

A review of The Birth of the Cell, by Henry Harris.


Ever Since Adam and Eve Slices Human Sexuality with a Darwinian Blade

William Kimler

A review of Ever Since Adam and Eve: The Evolution of Human Sexuality, by Malcolm Potts and Roger Short.


Upwelling of Hot Gas

Alton Brown

A review of The Deep, Hot Biosphere, by Thomas Gold.


Neandertals in the Mist

Alan Mann

A review of Neandertals and Modern Humans in Western Asia, edited by Takeru Akazawa, Kenichi Aoki and Ofer Bar-Yosef.


Underlying Nature

Nina Baghai

A review of Untangling Ecological Complexity: The Macroscopic Perspective, by Brian A. Maurer.


Despite Its Dull Title, The Restless Sea Rises to the Top of a Well-Charted Genre

Richard Strickland

A review of The Restless Sea: Exploring the World Beneath the Waves, by Robert Kunzig.


Unabashed Luminary

Samuel Petuchowski

A review of How the Laser Happened: Adventures of a Scientist, by Charles H. Townes.


Believing is Seeing

Evangeline Wheeler

A review of Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See, by Donald D. Hoffman.


Hindsight

Robert Proctor

A review of Ancestral Images: The Iconography of Human Origins, by Stephanie Moser.


Louis, Louis, Louis

George Kauffman

A review of Louis Pasteur, by Patrice Debré.


Ignoramus Alert

Malcolm Sherman

A review of The New Know-Nothings: The Political Foes of the Scientific Study of Human Nature, by Morton Hunt.


Marking Nuclear Graves 10,000 Years Hence and Other Conundrums in Deep Time

III, Woodruff Sullivan

A review of Deep Time: How Humanity Communicates Across Millennia, by Gregory Benford.





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