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The Start of Worldwide Scientific Effort

Posted 5/18/2012 in Book Reviews

In Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens (Knopf), Andrea Wulf tells an inspiring story of scientific cooperation.

Surf's Up, Worldwide and Year-Round

Posted 5/16/2012 in Book Reviews

Swell: A Year of Waves (Chronicle Books) by Evan Slater collects photographs of surfers' dream waves.

Back to the Wild

Posted 5/14/2012 in Book Reviews

In Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Dame Daphne Sheldrick explains about putting orphans back into the jungle.

A Look Beneath the Refined Eighteenth Century

Posted 5/8/2012 in Book Reviews

Cruelty & Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental Eighteenth Century (University of Chicago Press) by Simon Dickie gives us a new view of the era.

Bungling the Bubba Investigation

Posted 5/4/2012 in Book Reviews

Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed - and Why It Still Matters (William Morrow) by Andrew Gumbel and Roger G. Charles shows the case is still important.

The Human History of a Famous Portrait

Posted 5/1/2012 in Book Reviews

The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (Knopf) by Anne-Marie O'Connor is a study of big slices of twentieth century history.

Bridging Robots and Fish

Posted 4/27/2012 in Book Reviews

In Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology (Basic Books), John Long tells how to make robot fish, and what it means to do so.

A Broken System

Posted 4/23/2012 in Book Reviews

Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong (Knopf) by Raymond Bonner shows flaws in our way of administering capital justice.

For the Love of the Bard

Posted 4/18/2012 in Book Reviews

Shakespeare and Amateur Performance: A Cultural History (Cambridge University Press) by Michael Dobson gives the history of how amateurs kept Shakespeare in performance.

The Influences Leading Up to Today's Graphics

Posted 4/16/2012 in Book Reviews

100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design (Lawrence King Publishing) by Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne has good graphics to show a history of graphics.


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