From Plants to Planets: Our Favorite Coffee-Table Books of 2012
Each winter we peruse the year’s large-format books about science and present brief reviews of the ones we like best. As usual, there are plenty of good books to cozy up with, including a treatise on longleaf forests, a book that explains every aspect of bicycles you might wish to know about, and a giant book of planetary imagery. And we're not done yet: More reviews will appear in this space throughout December. Check our Twitter feed (twitter.com/amscimag) to hear when new reviews are posted.
A Supersized View of the Universe: Planetfall, by Michael Benson
At the Heart of Pine: Longleaf, Far As the Eye Can See, by Bill Finch, Beth Maynor Young, Rhett Johnson and John C. Hall
The Power of Two Wheels: Cycling Science, by Max Glaskin
Modern-day Botanicals: Natural Companions, by Ken Druse, photographs by Ellen Hoverkamp
A Map of the Universe: Space Atlas, by James Trefil
Series of Milestones: The Math Book, The Physics Book and The Medical Book, by Clifford Pickover
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"Penguins are 10 times older than humans and have been here for a very, very long time," said Daniel Ksepka, Ph.D., a North Carolina State University research assistant professor. Dr. Ksepka researches the evolution of penguins and how they came to inhabit the African continent.
Because penguins have been around for over 60 million years, their fossil record is extensive. Fossils that Dr. Ksepka and his colleagues have discovered provide clues about migration patterns and the diversity of penguin species.
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