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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.


Pennock's Primer for Defending Science

Peter Bowler

A review of Tower of Babel: The Evidence against the New Creationism, by Robert T. Pennock.


Now and Then

Tim Tokaryk

A review of The Pattern of Evolution, by Niles Eldredge and Omphalos: An Attempt to Untie the Geological Knot, by Philip H. Gosse.


Further Origin of Species

Mark Drapeau

A review of Symbiotic Planet: A New Look At Evolution, by Lynn Margulis.


Upward Mobility

R. Igor Gamow

A review of High Life: A History of High Altitude Physiology and Medicine, by John B. West.


Dirt Bugs

James Botsford

A review of Dark Life: Martian Nanobacteria, Rock-Eating Cave Bugs, and Other Extreme Organisms of Inner Earth and Outer Space, by Michael Ray Taylor.


Lonesome No More?

Chris Impey

A review of Strangers in the Night: A Brief History of Life on Other Worlds, by David Fisher and Marshall Fisher, Worlds Without End: The Exploration of Planets Known and Unknown, by John Lewis and Life on Other Worlds: The 20th Century Extraterrestrial Life Debate, by Steven Dick.


A Field Is Born

Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr.

A review of Mind Games: American Culture and the Birth of Psychotherapy, by Eric Caplan.


The Full Maxwell

Daniel Siegel

A review of The Natural Philosophy of James Clerk Maxwell, by P. M. Harman.


The Golden Rule Covered in Fur: An Animal Model for Citizenship

Valerie Chase

A review of Cheating Monkeys and Citizen Bees: The Nature of Cooperation in Animals and Humans, by Lee Dugatkin.


Time-diving

Tom Paulson

A review of Time Machines: Scientific Explorations in Deep Time, by Peter D. Ward.


Dawkins's Rainbow Reduces Science to Truth, Beauty--and Fantasy

Robert Proctor

A review of Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion, and the Appetite for Wonder, by Richard Dawkins.


The Universe on Your Coffee Table


Awestruck

Alan Packer

A review of The Sacred Depths of Nature, by Ursula Goodenough.


A Sense of Where You Are: Excerpts from The History of Cartography, The Illustrated Longitude and Atlas of the Universe


Brittle, Versatile, Lovely: Glass's Unbroken Legacy

Joseph Lambert

A review of Glass: From the First Mirror to Fiber Optics, the Story of the Substance that Changed the World, by William S. Ellis.


The Fixer

Ben Van Houten

A review of DNA Damage and Repair, edited by Jac Nickoloff and Merl Hoekstra.


Life Among the Fossils

Tim Tokaryk

A review of Dinosaur Impressions: Postcards from a Paleontologist, by Philippe Taquet.





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