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The Nature of Technology and the Technology of Nature

Michael LaBarbera

A review of Cats' Paws and Catapults: Mechanical Worlds of Nature and People, by Steven Vogel

Legacy of Frankenstein: The Monster Is the One in the White Lab Coat

Paul Northam

A review of Frankenstein's Footsteps: Science, Genetics and Popular Culture, by Jon Turney

Chance Encounter

J. A. Rial

A review of Randomness, by Deborah J. Bennett.

Dirac's Due

Chiara Nappi

A review of Paul Dirac: The Man and His Work, Peter Goddard, ed.

A Theory Enthroned

Barry Cipra

A review of The Queen of Mathematics: A Historically Motivated Guide to Number Theory, by Jay R. Goldman.

A Lens of Numbers

Malcolm Sherman

A review of The Magical Maze: Seeing the World through Mathematical Eyes, by Ian Stewart.

Where Mind Meets Brain

C. R. Gallistel

A review of The Mind's Past, by Michael S. Gazzaniga.

A Readable Reference

Lee Sechrest

A review of Handbook of Personality Psychology, Robert Hogan, John Johnson and Stephen Briggs, eds.

The Second Tongue

Susan Goldin-Meadow

A review of Tutorials in Bilingualism: Psycholinguistic Perspectives, Annette M. B. de Groot and Judith F. Kroll, eds.

The Electronic Keyhole

William Staples

A review of Privacy on the Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption, by Whitfield Diffie and Susan Landeau.

Going, Going . . .

Their Dinner with C. P.

Lisa Jardine

A review of The Cambridge Quintet: A Work of Scientific Speculation, by John Casti.

Tools of the Trade

Samuel Petuchowski

A review of Instruments of Science: An Historical Encyclopedia, Robert Bud and Deborah Jean Warner, eds.

That Flaky Gray Stuff

Thomas Isenhour

A review of Strange Brains and Genius: The Secret Lives of Eccentric Scientists and Madmen, by Clifford A. Pickover.

Revision by Erasure

Edith Sylla

A review of Stonehenge: A New Interpretation of Prehistoric Man and the Cosmos, by John North.

R&D in Search of Policy

David Morrison

A review of Investing in Innovation: Creating a Research and Innovation Policy that Works, edited by Lewis M. Branscomb and James H. Keller.

One That's Getting Away

Dickson Despommier

A review of Brook Trout, by Nick Karas.

Feynmaniacs Should Read this Review, Skip Lecture Collection, Save 22 Simoleons

David Goodstein

A review of The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen Scientist, by Richard P. Feynman.

Back in the High Life

Life Herstory

Holly Smith

A review of The Evolving Female: A Life-History Perspective, edited by Mary Ellen Morbeck, Alison Galloway and Adrienne L. Zihlman.

Mistakes on the Lake

Like the Early Universe Itself, CosmicPrimer Crams a Lot into Small Package

Chris Impey

A review of The Little Book of the Big Bang: A Cosmic Primer, by Craig J. Hogan.

It Pays to Get Along

Jerry Wilkinson

A review of Cooperation Among Animals: An Evolutionary Perspective, by Lee A. Dugatkin.

Seminal Cells

Joe Grisham

A review of Liver Stem Cells, by Stewart Sell and Zoran Ilic.

Rising of the Planes

Kenneth Hall

A review of What Makes Airplanes Fly? History, Science, and Applications of Aerodynamics 2nd ed., by Peter P. Wegener.

Sound Science

J. Ross Macdonald

A review of Signals, Sound, and Sensation, by William M. Hartmann.


A. Charles Catania

A review of Naming the Mind: How Psychology Found its Language, by Kurt Danziger.

Body-Language Buffet

Rowland Miller

A review of Nonverbal Communication: Where Nature Meets Culture, edited by Ullica Segerstrsle and Peter Molnár.

Making Tracks

Thomas Elleman

A review of Tracks to Innovation: Nuclear Tracks in Science and Technology, by Robert L. Fleischer.

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