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Book Review: Hidden Figures

Hidden Figure:  The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win The Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly Although I watched the movie that was based on an early version of this book when … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Hidden Figures

Recently I saw a hilarious trailer for this film where an obviously intelligent woman with glasses was being interrogated by a bureaucrat played ably by Kevin Costner where she had to defend herself against accusations that she was a Russian … Continue reading

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Book Review: How I Killed Pluto And Why It Had It Coming

How I Killed Pluto And Why It Had It Coming, by Mike Brown As a self-professed and longtime fan of the planetoid Pluto [1], whose first ever remembered foray into writing other people regarded that particular eccentric icy planet, this … Continue reading

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Book Review: Salvage Trouble

Salvage Trouble (Black Ocean: Mission One), by J.S. Morin [Note: This book was provided free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review.] About the best thing that can be said for this sub-Firefly story of misfits … Continue reading

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Non-Book Review: Infinity Beckoned

Infinity Beckoned: Adventuring Through The Solar System, 1969-1989, by Jay Gallentine Everyone who knows me knows that I am at least a little bit of a space cadet, hopefully in a good way, so when I was reminded to request … Continue reading

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Book Review: Of A Fire On The Moon

Of A Fire On The Moon, by Norman Mailer This book was given to me by a coworker who remarked that Mailer’s body of work is highly uneven in quality and that this book is considered to be among his … Continue reading

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Book Review: Envisioning Information

Envisioning Information, by Edward Tufte This book is the second in order of Tufte’s ongoing series on visualization and graphic information design, although it is the fourth book of the series I have read [1], or the fifth in one … Continue reading

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Book Review: Visual Explanations

Visual Explanations: Images And Quantitative Evidence And Narrative, by Edward R. Tufte This book fits along the general path of Tufte’s work in the explanatory power of excellent visual images [1], with this work specializing on the way that good … Continue reading

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Where Spaceships Go To Die

As I was looking up the birthday news about my favorite (dwarf) planet and the fact that we should be getting the closest pictures from the New Horizons probe from Pluto on my birthday, perhaps the best present NASA has … Continue reading

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Book Review: Halfway Home

Halfway Home, by Hugh Howey This book was loaned to me by a friend of mine who had not read the novel first, and given that I tend to over-analyze the reasons I am loaned a book [1], this was … Continue reading

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