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Size Matters

Posted 8/21/2013 in Book Reviews

John Tyler Bonner's Randomness in Evolution (Princeton University Press) tells how differences animals' sizes make other surprising differences.

The Messy Conquest of Polio

Posted 8/14/2013 in Book Reviews

Paralysed with Fear: The Story of Polio (Palgrave MacMillan) tells of a magnificent but flawed scientific endeavor.

A Handsome Compendium of Trademarks

Posted 8/6/2013 in Book Reviews

Per Mollerup's Marks of Excellence: The History and Taxonomy of Trademarks (Phaidon) appreciates the power in small images.

CSI a Hundred Years Ago

Posted 7/31/2013 in Book Reviews

The Magnificent Spilsbury and the Case of the Brides in the Bath (John Murray) by Jane Robins reconstructs a series of gruesome murders of brides.

Orson in Winter

Posted 7/29/2013 in Book Reviews

My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles (Metropolitan Books) features revealing conversations with a master filmmaker and gossip.

Techno-Animals in Your Future

Posted 7/28/2013 in Book Reviews

Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts (Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Emily Anthes tells of technology applied to our animals.

How Hollywood Only Eventually Came to Fight the Nazis

Posted 7/19/2013 in Book Reviews

Hollywood and Hitler 1933 - 1939 (Columbia University Press) by Thomas Doherty is a fine history of a sorry time for the movies.

Glow, Glow Lost, Glow Regained

Posted 7/15/2013 in Book Reviews

Flickering Light: A History of Neon (Reaktion Books) by Christoph Ribbat shows many ways neon light has affected and reflected us.

Arch of Esthetic Triumph

Posted 7/10/2013 in Book Reviews

The Gateway Arch: A Biography (Yale University Press) by Tracy Campbell tells how St. Louis got its symbol.


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