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Five Quarts: A Personal and Natural History of Blood Bill Hayes

Reviewed by Connie Anderson

Five Quarts: A Personal and Natural History of Blood by Bill Hayes started because the author cut his finger. What followed is fascinating nonfiction that explores…

The Weather Makers: How We Are Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth Tim Flannery

Janelle Martin

"Earth's thermostat is a complex and delicate mechanism, at the heart of which lies carbon dioxide...."

Tim Flannery poses the question, "Is climate change a terrible threat or a…

Optics, Light and Lasers Dieter Meschede

Reviewed by Muhammed Hassanali

Dieter Meschede's book Optics, Light and Lasers seems to be divided into three main sections: Chapters 1-6 cover optics; Chapters 7-11 cover lasers and their…

Programming the Universe Seth Lloyd

Reviewed by Alex McGilvery

Subtitled: A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos

Programming the Universe is an introduction to the world of quantum computing. In fact Seth Lloyd is a…

Mushrooms, Molds and Miracles Lucy Kavaler

Reviewed by Maria Hoeffer

Fungus. The mere word brings up stomach-turning images of hideous growths infesting the most unclean of bathrooms and refrigerators. But as Lucy Kavaler so…

Pluto and Beyond Anne Minard

Review by Steven King, MBA

Subtitled: A Story of Discovery, Adversity, and Ongoing Exploration

Plato, the brilliant Greek philosopher, rightly concluded, “Astronomy compels the soul…

The World Without Us Alan Weisman

Reviewed by Diane Snyder

This is a mind-boggling read.

Author Weisman presents the question of what would happen to the world if humans were suddenly gone–as if some disease or…

Are You A Machine? Eliezer Sternberg

Reviewed by Laura Langer

Subtitled: The Brain, the Mind, And What It Means to Be Human

Sternberg’s book examines the question of what makes us human, and more specifically what makes…

An Ocean of Air Gabrielle Walker

Reviewed by Muhammed Hassanali

Subtitled: Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere

The prologue in An Ocean of Air recounts Captain Kittinger’s extraordinary parachute…

Science and Technology in Medicine Andras Gedeon

Reviewed by Muhammed Hassanali

Subtitled: An Illustrated Account Based on Ninety-Nine Landmark Publications from Five Centuries

This book outlines 99 of the “most significant”…

Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body Neil Shubin

Reviewed by Carrie Spellman

In July of 2004 paleontologist Neil Shubin and his team discovered a fossil that bridged the gap between fish and land-living animals. It was, and is, the fossil…

Multiplicity: The New Science of Personality, Identity, and the Self Rita Carter

Reviewed by Muhammed Hassanali

Most of us tend to think of ourselves as one individual, a consistent self. In Multiplicity, Carter argues that we consist of a group of unique personalities…

Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life Carl Zimmer

Reviewed by Brent and Jamie Driggers

The word and the organism, E. coli, can strike fear in the hearts of many. Food poisoning outbreaks! Drug resistance! Of course the organism is also a…

The Black Hole War: My Battle With Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics Leonard Susskind

Reviewed by Patty Inglish, MS

Leonard Susskind is a famous name, that of the Felix Bloch Professor of Physics at Stanford University, where he researches particle physics, string theory, and…

You Are Here: A Portable History of the Universe Christopher Potter

Reviewed by Gene Hayworth

“Orientation,” the introductory chapter to Christopher Potter’s new book You Are Here: A Portable History of the Universe, contains twenty-two…


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