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Books in Groups, Fit the Third: Self-Medication at the Charity Shop

There are two nearby charity shops that somewhat make up for the complete absence of proper bookshops anywhere near to my home. I don’t go very often, but when I do, I usually find something to make the visit worth … Continue reading

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Books in Groups: Fit the First

So today is another #DarwinDay, an annual event commemorating the birthday of English naturalist Charles Darwin, born this day in 1809. In honour of that fact… look, I made a pretty picture on the carpet: Since I’ve been in a … Continue reading

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Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements from Arsenic to Zinc, by Hugh Aldersey-Williams: A Review

  One of my general rules in reading is to be wary of books that call themselves “a cultural history.” These books, like those calling themselves “social histories” or, indeed, those written by sociologists, can be perfectly reasonable and servicable … Continue reading

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Packing for Mars, by Mary Roach: A Short Review

I received a postcard from a publisher recently, and the advertised content, I have to say, was not as interesting to me as the postage that they used to send it. Instead of a boring postage meter, or one of … Continue reading

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The Ascent of Man, by Jacob Bronowski: A Review

Before James Burke’s The Day the Universe Changed, before Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, and before David Attenborough’s Life on Earth or any other great multi-part science and nature documentary that you care to name, there was 1973’s The Ascent of Man. Intended as a complementary … Continue reading

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Six Easy Pieces, by Richard Feynman: A Short Review

After starting Six Easy Pieces some time ago and then setting it aside for other books, I swept through the final four chapters rather quickly. This is the sort of book that most scientifically literate but physics-weak individuals – myself included – … Continue reading

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Assembling California, by John McPhee: A Review

Assembling California is the fourth volume of John McPhee’s books chronicling the geology and geologists of North America, collectively titled Annals of the Former World. While describing the continent from the far eastern extent of Interstate 80 to its western terminus … Continue reading

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