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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.


Behind Das Iron Curtain

Alexander Gurshtein

A review of Science under Socialism: East Germany in Comparative Perspective, edited by Kristie Macrakis and Dieter Hoffman.


Shattering Blows

Antonio Puente

A review of Confronting Traumatic Brain Injury: Devastation, Hope, and Healing, by William J. Winslade.


The Values of Science, Kea, Bird of Paradox and more . . .


Gondwana Fauna

Kirk Johnson

A review of Dinosaurs of Australia and New Zealand and Other Animals of the Mesozoic Era, by John A. Long.


The Holes in Gould's Semipermeable Membrane Between Science and Religion

Ursula Goodenough

A review of Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life, by Stephen Jay Gould.


Lamarck's Revenge

Alan Packer

A review of Lamarck's Signature: How Retrogenes Are Changing Darwin's Natural Selection Paradigm, by Edward J. Steele, Robyn A. Lindley and Robert V. Blanden.





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