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"It Can't Happen" Happens All the Time

Posted 2/24/2014 in Book Reviews

The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day (Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by mathematician David Hand looks at the probability of the improbable.

Ending, Not Curing, Diseases

Posted 2/18/2014 in Book Reviews

The End of Plagues: The Global Battle Against Infectious Disease (Palgrave Macmillan) by immunologist John Rhodes is full of medical optimism.

A History Lesson about Hoover

Posted 2/6/2014 in Book Reviews

The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI (Knopf) by Betty Medsger recalls a brilliant act of civil disobedience.

Photos of Animals Gone Forever

Posted 2/4/2014 in Book Reviews

Errol Fuller's _Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record_ (Princeton University Press) gives us pictures of what we have lost.

The Irresistible Elevation of Balloons

Posted 1/31/2014 in Book Reviews

Richard Holmes's Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air (Pantheon) is a grand history of ballooning.

Vessels and Visuals of the Ancient Greeks

Posted 1/28/2014 in Book Reviews

The Greek Vase: Art of the Storyteller (J. Paul Getty Museum) by John H. Oakley is a fine primer to a distant art form.

One End (of Many) to the Civil War

Posted 1/25/2014 in Book Reviews

Last of the Blue and Gray: Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery that Outlived the Civil War (Smithsonian Books) by Richard A. Serrano tells stories false and true about the last veterans.

A Bird Book Half About People

Posted 1/17/2014 in Book Reviews

Birds & People_ (Jonathan Cape) by Mark Cocker with photographs by David Tipling extensively documents the partnership.

Monster Hunting vs. Science

Posted 1/10/2014 in Book Reviews

Abominable Science: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids (Columbia University Press) by Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero shows how monsters can teach principles of science.


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