Category Archives: Science Books

Book Review—Toms River: a story of science and salvation by Dan Fagin

In the 1950s the Swiss dye manufacturing company Ciba-Geigy arrived in Toms River, a small town by the Jersey shore. Yet as the company brought jobs, and a boon to the local economy, it also dumped billions of tons of hazardous chemical waste into the river, unlined landfills, and eventually the ocean. Continue reading

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Book Review—The Fly Trap by Fredrik Sjöberg

An entomologist’s memoir about a life collecting hoverflies on the small island Runmarö near Stockholm, Sweden. The book is in part about collecting flies, but also chronicles the life of obscure naturalist René Malaise, and the author’s journey tracking Malaise’s life and history. Continue reading

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Book Review—The Edge of the Sky by Roberto Trotta

I have mixed feelings about “The Edge of the Sky” by Roberto Trotta. The book is about astrophysics: planets, galaxies, dark matter, relativity, the Big Bang, etc. But it’s not your typical science book; Trotta wrote it using only the 1,000 … Continue reading

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Book Review—30 Days by XYZ

I aplogize for neglecting to post last month; my class and teaching schedules exploded at the same time. But I do have something for you today: a collection of sciencey poems! “30 Days” by XYZ (a biologist from England) is … Continue reading

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Book Review—Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis

Well, I just finished reading a graphic novel about the search for the ultimate truth behind all logic and mathematics, and can I say, it was pretty fantastic. Read more thoughts here, on my fledgling sciencey blog: http://thescienceofeverythingblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/logicomix-an-epic-search-for-truth/

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Book Review—The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking

I recommend this book for a special class people I call “the wannabe layperson.”  Let me explain; there are tons of books about complicated subjects, like astrophysics, quantum physics, politics (PLEASE NOOOO!) that are written specifically to inform the general … Continue reading

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