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Bak to Basics

Thomas Traut

A review of How Nature Works: The Science of Self-organized Criticality, by Per Bak.

Someone Else's Backyard

Raymond Burby

A review of Environmentally Devastated Neighborhoods: Perceptions, Policies, and Realities, by Michael R. Greenberg and Dona Schneider.

Particular Physics

George Kauffman, Laurie Kauffman

A review of The Quotable Einstein, edited by Alice Calaprice.

Paradise in Peril: Examining the Interaction of People and Biota

Ian Tattersall

A review of Natural Change and Human Impact in Madagascar, edited by Steven M. Goodman and Bruce D. Patterson.

Inflation Appreciation

Y. Ng

A review of The Inflationary Universe: The Quest For a New Theory of Cosmic Origins, by Alan Guth.

Deep Impact

Lucy-Ann McFadden

A review of Impact! The Threat of Comets and Asteroids, by Gerrit L. Verschuur, Asteroid: Earth Destroyer or New Frontier?, by Patricia Barnes-Svarney and Mining The Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets, and Planets, by John S. Lewis.

Grappling for Light, Stability and Reproductive Success

Michael Purugganan

A review of The Evolutionary Biology of Plants, by Karl J. Niklas.

Space Race

Aleksander Gurshtein

A review of Korolev: How One Man Masterminded the Soviet Drive to Beat America to the Moon, by James Harford.

Planetary Realignment

Sherman Suter

A review of The Late Devonian Mass Extinction: the Frasnian/Famennian Crisis, by George R. McGhee, Jr.

Acid Test

Tom Tietenberg

A review of Acid Rain and Environmental Degradation: The Economics of Emission Trading, by Ger Klaassen.

World Watch

William Schlesinger

A review of Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems, edited by Brian Walker and Will Steffen.

Uprooted Findings

Philip Gingerich

A review of The Terrestrial Eocene-Oligocene Transition in North America, edited by Donald R. Prothero and Robert J. Emry.

Last Year's Model

Marcel Holyoak

A review of Population Dynamics in Ecological Space and Time, edited by Olin E. Rhodes, Jr., Ronald K. Chesser and Michael H. Smith.

Photographic Negatives

Peggy Fiedler

A review of Humanature, by Peter Goin.

Age Limits

Mark Williams

A review of Cheating Time: Science, Sex, and Aging, by Roger Gosden.

Re-examining the Givens: Testing Our Theories of the World

Marshall Specter

A review of Boundaries and Barriers: On the Limits to Scientific Knowledge, edited by John L. Casti and Anders Karlqvist.

Les Temps Peru

David Guillet

A review of Changing Fortunes: Biodiversity and Peasant Livelihood in the Peruvian Andes, by Karl S. Zimmerer.

Monkey Business

Russell Tuttle

A review of Great Ape Societies, edited by W. C. McGrew, L. F. Marchant, and T. Nishida.

Biological Culture

Fraser Neiman

A review of Darwinian Archaeologies, edited by Herbert D. G. Maschner.

Attention Deficits

Andrew Rowland

A review of Hyperactivity Disorders of Childhood, edited by Seija Sandberg.

Mirror, Mirror

Gregory Lockhead

A review of Mirrors in Mind, by Richard Gregory.

Cooperation Makes It Happen

Lee Dugatkin

A review of The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation, by Matt Ridley.


Solmon W. Golomb

A review of Games of No Chance: Combinatorial Games at MSRI, 1994, edited by Richard J. Nowakowski.

Smooth Turbulence

Earl Dowell

A review of Turbulence, Coherent Structures, Dynamical Systems and Symmetry, by Philip Holmes, John L. Lumley and Gal Berkooz.

Constitutional Authority

Philippe R. Di Francesco

A review of Constitutions of Matter: Mathematically Modeling the Most Everyday of Physical Phenomena, by Martin H. Krieger.

Natural View

Peter Robinson

A review of Science and the Perception of Nature: British Landscape Art in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries, by Charlotte Klonk.

Tiny TEM

John Hren

A review of Transmission Electron Microscopy: A Textbook for Materials Science, by David B. Williams and C. Barry Carter.

Vision Quest

David Butler

A review of A Quest for Life: An Autobiography, by Ian L. McHarg.

Model Steps

Douglas Crawford-Brown

A review of The Modeling of Nature: Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Nature in Synthesis, by William A. Wallace.

A Review of Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution, by Michael J. Behe

Robert L. Dorit

This review originally appeared in the September-October 1997 issue of American Scientist.

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