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Mathematical Curiosities: A Treasure Trove Of Unexpected Entertainments by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann (book review).

September 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Mathematical Curiosities: A Treasure Trove Of Unexpected Entertainments by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann (book review).

I should say from the start that anyone picking up ‘Mathematical Curiosities’ is that you must have a love of numbers and certainly an aptitude towards mathematics. If you don’t recognise that a dot not on the baseline of a sentence but the centre ‘ˑ’ is an alternative for the ‘x’ or multiplication sign or […]

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The mountains of Mars.

September 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
The mountains of Mars.

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet’s Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission’s long-term prime destination. “Curiosity now will begin a new chapter from an already outstanding introduction to the world,” said Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at NASA […]

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The Chemistry Of Alchemy by Cathy Cobb, Monty L. Fetterolf and Harold Goldwhite (book review).

August 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Chemistry Of Alchemy by Cathy Cobb, Monty L. Fetterolf and Harold Goldwhite (book review).

Last year, I reviewed ‘The Joy Of Chemistry’ and this year, it’s their book ‘The Chemistry Of Alchemy’ by Cathy Cobb, Monty L. Fetterolf and Harold Goldwhite. If you thought that this would be purely a history of alchemy, then you’ll be in for a surprise. Like their other book, this is more of a […]

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Curiosity by Rod Pyle (book review).

August 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
Curiosity by Rod Pyle (book review).

No, ‘Curiosity’ isn’t about why you puzzle over things. The cover and the sub-title, ‘An Inside Look At The Mars Rover Mission And The People Who Made It Happen’ should give instant clarification and that it’s the name of the vehicle currently on Mars. More amazingly, considering that it’s two years since the Mars landing, […]

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The Way Of Science by Dennis R. Trumble (book review).

July 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Way Of Science by Dennis R. Trumble (book review).

As always with non-fiction books, you should always pay attention to the sub-title even it would make the main title bar too big if included. Such is the case with Dennis R. Trumble’s book, ‘The Way Of Science’ and ‘Finding Truth And Meaning In A Scientific Worldview’. Basically that translates into how science rules the […]

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Particle Fever (2014) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

July 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Particle Fever (2014) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Back in the 1960s, people could appreciate and enjoy scientific accounts of the space program even if they did not understand all the technicalities. ‘Particle Fever’ is a science documentary for our time. The viewer does not need to have a scientific background to appreciate and enjoy this account of scientists trying to uncover the secrets […]

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The Asteroid Threat by William E. Burrows (book review).

June 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Asteroid Threat by William E. Burrows (book review).

I think the title, ‘The Asteroid Threat’, sums up exactly what William E. Burrows book is all about. The emphasis in the opening chapter about the near miss at Chelyabinsk and people turning their town into a global attraction tends to belie the danger meteorites can pose. A Russian town seeing commercial possibilities sounds practically […]

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The Wiley Handbook Of Genius edited by Dean Keith Simonton (book review).

June 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Wiley Handbook Of Genius edited by Dean Keith Simonton (book review).

I should point out from the start that this is probably the most expensive first edition book that I’ve ever selected to review. To tell the truth, when I picked it out of the Wiley new releases, I was concentrating more on the subject matter of genius than the price. I have to say this […]

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Wild Connection by Jennifer L. Verdolin (book review).

June 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Wild Connection by Jennifer L. Verdolin (book review).

The title of Jennifer Verodolin’s book ‘Wild Connection’ makes more sense with its sub-title, ‘What Animal Courtship And Mating Tell Us About Human Relationships’. So, nothing about being feral then. Instead it is things you think are singularly human about dating and such is a tradition carried on from other members of the animal kingdom. […]

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The Paleoart Of Julius Csotonyi by Steve White and Julius Csotonyi (book review).

May 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Paleoart Of Julius Csotonyi by Steve White and Julius Csotonyi (book review).

There is one immediate reaction from do a page flick of this book: WOW! Paleoartist Julius Csotonyi looks like he hopped into a time machine and went back to prehistoric times to compose these paintings. Actually, he worked with palaeontologists to bring their descriptions to life and extensively travelled for some 30,000 photos of scenery […]

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