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What Mathematicians Do

Posted 4/21/2015 in Book Reviews

Mathematics Without Apologies: Portrait of a Problematic Vocation (Princeton University Press) by Michael Harris shows how his profession solves, and creates, problems.

Learning Your ABCs

Posted 4/11/2015 in Book Reviews

Michael Rosen's Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story (Counterpoint) is a special book for learning the alphabet you think you already know.

A Microhistory of Religious Conflict

Posted 3/31/2015 in Book Reviews

Cunegonde's Kidnapping: A Story of Religious Conflict in the Age of Enlightenment (Yale University Press) by Benjamin J. Kaplan tells of a little failure before the Enlightenment took full hold.

Scandals in the Nunnery

Posted 3/27/2015 in Book Reviews

The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent Scandal (Knopf) by Hubert Wolf tells of turmoil in a convent in Rome.

Sculpting Brick by Brick

Posted 3/22/2015 in Book Reviews

Nathan Sawaya's The Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO (No Starch Press) tells how and why he sculpts with a kid's toy.

Off With Their Heads

Posted 3/17/2015 in Book Reviews

Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found (Liveright) by Frances Larson tells the history of decapitation.

Blowing through History

Posted 3/4/2015 in Book Reviews

Sea of Storms: A History of Hurricanes in the Greater Caribbean from Columbus to Katrina (Princeton University Press) by Stuart B. Schwartz shows it's more than meteorology.

Hair Razing

Posted 2/26/2015 in Book Reviews

In Plucked: A History of Hair Removal (New York University Press), Rebecca M. Herzig covers a topic no one else will.

He Lost It at the Movies

Posted 2/17/2015 in Book Reviews

Patton Oswalt's Silver Screen Fiend: Learning about Life from an Addiction to Film (Scribner) tells a comic story from a real addict.

Bugs Put Us in Our Place

Posted 2/11/2015 in Book Reviews

In Planet of the Bugs: Evolution and the Rise of Insects (University of Chicago Press), entomologist Scott Richard Shaw shows we undervalue insects.


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