12 November 2014

Strange Voyage

A distinguished science historian offers a personal compendium of what he finds most interesting about early modern science, with little attention to strict chronology.

The sea off Portugal. (Photo by Geerd-Olaf Freyer.)

Voyaging in Strange Seas: The Great Revolution in Science. David Knight. 334 pages. Yale University Press.

Its dust jacket lauds Voyaging in Strange Seas as “the ideal book for students (and others) who want to have an overview of what [Knight] calls the ‘long Scientific Revolution.’”

This praise as a textbook overview of early modern science development is a misnomer, for Knight has written a much more unconventional book. Less an introduction or overview, it is a complex and idiosyncratic meditation on important themes and aspects of early modern science. Read More »

4 November 2014

Dodging the Shark

Marshaling stories and studies, an expert advises us to stop worrying—to free our minds and conquer problems by approaching them from opposing angles.

It’s Not About the Shark: How to Solve Unsolvable Problems. David Niven. 240 pages. St. Martin’s Press.

7 October 2014

Collision Course

An insider offers a ‘clear and engaging’ account of the Large Hadron Collider.

Large Hadron Collider: The Extraordinary Story of the Higgs Boson and Other Stuff That Will Blow Your Mind. Don Lincoln. 240 pages. Johns Hopkins University Press.

28 May 2014

Making Room for Daddy

A writer surveys the research to find the deeper scientific meanings of fatherhood.

Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked. Paul Raeburn. 257 pages. Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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