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Book Review: The Mirror Maker: Stories And Essays

The Mirror Maker:  Stories And Essays, by Primo Levi, translated by Raymond Rosenthal Primo Levi spent a substantial portion of his life, before and after his retirement from his professional work as a chemist, in writing for both political and … Continue reading

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The Quest For Ultima Thule

As I have commented before on several occasions, I have since my youth been a partisan of the minor planet Pluto [1].  When Pluto was first discovered by astronomers some nine decades ago or so, the planet seemed particularly eccentric.  … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Hardwiring Happiness

Hardwiring Happiness:  The New Brain Science Of Contementment, Calm, And Confidence, by Rick Hanson, read by the author It is easy to be disappointed with a book like this, especially the audiobook version.  The author combines bogus evolutionary just-so stories … Continue reading

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Book Review: I Am Jane Goodall

I Am Jane Goodall, by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos This book demonstrates at least some of the qualities of a good hagiography in that the subject of the book gave it an approving blurb.  It is always worthwhile … Continue reading

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Book Review: I Am Albert Einstein

I Am Albert Einsten, by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos Compared to the rest of the books of the series I have read (five so far, reviews forthcoming), this is perhaps the most enjoyable of them.  Part of that … Continue reading

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You’re The Man Now, Dog

There are videos more than nine minutes long that contain almost entirely “You’re the man now, dog” being repeated over and over and over again on loop.  In case you do not believe this, I can affirm this from personal … Continue reading

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Book Review: Galileo’s Daughter

Galileo’s Daughter:  A Historical Memoir Of Science, Faith, And Love, by Dava Sobel Admittedly, the life and times of Galileo have been picked over pretty cleanly and it takes a great deal of creativity on the part of a writer … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Planets

The Planets, by Dava Sobel This book, as one might expect, is very much a product of its time.  It also has some of the most insightful comments as to why Pluto is such a big deal for some of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Illustrated Longitude

The Illustrated Longitude:  The True Story Of A Lone Genius Who Solved The Greatest Scientific Problem Of His Time, by Dava Sobel And William J.H. Andrewes If you have already read Sobel’s Longitude, you have already seen all of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Longitude

Longitude:  The True Story Of A Lone Genius Who Solved The Greatest Scientific Problem Of His Time, by Dava Sobel On the one hand, this book is one of the author’s better books, not least because it has far less … Continue reading

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