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Moonlit Monks

Stephen Maran

A review of Astronomies and Cultures in Early Medieval Europe, by Stephen C. McCluskey.


Play Time

Lee Dugatkin

A review of Animal Play: Evolutionary, Comparative and Ecological Perspectives, edited by Marc Bekoff and John A. Byers.


Uneven Beat

Samuel Petuchowski

A review of The Quantum Beat: The Physical Principles of Atomic Clocks, by F. G. Major.


Those Magnificent Men and Their Macromolecules

Tim Royappa

A review of Inventing Polymer Science: Staudinger, Carothers, and the Emergence of Macromolecular Chemistry, by Yasu Furukawa.


Simple Minds

Corey Lafferty

A review of Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds, by Daniel C. Dennett.


Memory Refreshed

Lynne Baker-Ward

A review of Memory Development Between Two and Twenty, 2nd ed., by Wolfgang Schneider and Michael Pressley.


Illuminating Tales

Thomas Isenhour

A review of To Light Such a Candle: Chapters in the History of Science and Technology, by Keith J. Laidler.


Muddling by Example

Mark Browning

A review of Inscribing Science: Scientific Texts and the Materiality of Communication, edited by Timothy Lenoir.


Lessons from Russia

Alexander Gurshtein

A review of What Have We Learned About Science and Technology from Russian Experience? by Loren R. Graham and Soviet Science under Control: The Struggle for Influence, by Jeffrey L. Roberg.


Resetting the Clock

David Morrison

A review of Nuclear Weapons: The Road to Zero, edited by Joseph Rotblat and The Gift of Time: The Case for Abolishing Nuclear Weapons Now, by Jonathan Schell.


World-Class Mathletes and Their Open Brains: Excerpts from The Cambridge Companion to Galileo, My Brain is Open and The Geometric Universe


Moon over Chicxulub: Will Night Finally Fall on the Dinosaur-Extinction Debate?

Kirk Johnson

A review of Night Comes to the Cretaceous: Dinosaur Extinction and the Transformation of Modern Geology, by James Lawrence Powell.


A God Who Does Not Itemize Versus a Science of the Sacred

Edward Davis

A review of Belief in God in an Age of Science, by John Polkinghorne and Skeptics and True Believers: The Exhilarating Connection between Science and Religion, by Chet Raymo.


Phantoms in the Brain, The De-Voicing of Society and more . . .


Famed Physiologist's Self-Portrait Is More than Meets the Camel's Nose

Sentiel Rommel

A review of The Camel's Nose: Memoirs of a Curious Scientist, by Knut Schmidt-Nielsen.


Fun with Fungus

Gary Fine

A review of Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds: The Remarkable Story of the Fungus Kingdom and Its Impact on Human Affairs, by George W. Hudler.


Doolittle Too Early

Peter Bowler

A review of Charles Doolittle Walcott, Paleontologist, by Ellis L. Yochelson.


Coming to Terms

Mary Peet

A review of Climate Change and the Global Harvest: Potential Impacts of the Greenhouse Effect on Agriculture, by Cynthia Rosenzweig and Daniel Hillel.


When Marine Reptiles Ruled

Peter Dodson

A review of Ancient Marine Reptiles, edited by Jack M. Callaway and Elizabeth L. Nicholls.


Heat's Bouncer

Randall Black

A review of Maxwell's Demon: Why Warmth Disperses and Time Passes, by Hans Christian von Baeyer.


Colliding Paths

Richard Cook

A review of Image and Logic: A Material Culture of Microphysics, by Peter Galison.


Your Inner Ferengi

Donald Mershon

A review of Star Trek on the Brain: Alien Minds, Human Minds, by Robert Sekuler and Randolph Blake.


Kuru Culture

Donald McGraw

A review of The Trembling Mountain: A Personal Account of Kuru, Cannibals and Mad Cow Disease, by Robert Klitzman.


Gender Gap Sampling

Kate Graham

A review of Women's Science: Learning and Succeeding from the Margins, by Margaret A. Eisenhart and Elizabeth Finkel.


A Drug's Long Grasp

David Musto

A review of A Brief History of Cocaine, by Steven B. Karch.


Optical Allusions

Samuel Petuchowski

A review of Waves and Grains: Reflections on Light and Learning, by Mark P. Silverman.


The Math of Make-Believe

William Thompson

A review of An Imaginary Tale: The Story of √-1, by Paul J. Nahin and Trigonometric Delights, by Eli Maor.


The Secret Life of Salamanders


Non-obese Goose Chase

A review of Why Geese Don't Get Obese (and We Do), by Eric P. Widmaier.




 

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