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A Wicked Analysis

Posted 3/26/2012 in Book Reviews

In The Life of Slang (Oxford University Press), Julie Coleman tells how slang begins and is sustained.

Sexual and Media Scandals of Their Time

Posted 3/23/2012 in Book Reviews

In The Castrato and His Wife (Oxford University Press), Helen Berry has told a strange, scandalous, and sad story.

The Old Story, Engrossingly Retold

Posted 3/19/2012 in Book Reviews

The Dreyfus Affair: The Scandal That Tore France in Two (Bloomsbury Press) by Piers Paul Read is a fine narrative of important history.

The Insect World's Arms Race

Posted 3/15/2012 in Book Reviews

How Not to Be Eaten: The Insects Fight Back (University of California Press) by entomologist Gilbert Waldbauer details the protective strategies evolution has given to insects.

Equations We Non-Mathematicians Use Every Day

Posted 3/12/2012 in Book Reviews

In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World (Basic Books) by mathematician Ian Stewart shows how simple equations and complex ones run our world.

Bodysnatching Through the Centuries

Posted 3/9/2012 in Book Reviews

The Doctor Dissected: A Cultural History of the Burke and Hare Murders (Oxford University Press) by Caroline McCracken-Flesher examines the cultural life of the grave-robbers' story.

Adventures in Hyperpolyglot-Land

Posted 3/6/2012 in Book Reviews

Michael Erard's Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners (The Free Press) teaches lessons from the language geeks.


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