3 September 2014

Pulitzer Reflections

The story behind a story of science that won journalism’s highest prize.

Dan Fagin.

Discussed here: Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation. Dan Fagin. 560 pages. Bantam Books.

Life can be hectic for an award-winner writer. Ask Dan Fagin, whose book Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation was honored in a doubleheader on May 28. First came presentation of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, at a luncheon at Columbia University. This was followed that evening by receipt of the New York Public Library’s 2014 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. Read More »

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.

15 April 2014

Muscular Prose

Even if you’re not training to win the Boston Marathon, a running (and writing) biologist says that we all rely on the same fundamental mechanics and molecules to move.

The Hidden Mechanics of Exercise: Molecules That Move Us. Christopher M. Gillen. 352 pages. Belknap/Harvard University Press.

18 March 2014

Reaching the Nearest Star, and Lighting Hogwarts Castle

Equations aside, a physicist presents an approachable and informal survey of science and technology according to contemporary science fiction and fantasy.

Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction. Charles L. Adler. 378 pages. Princeton University Press.

12 February 2014

An Angle on Beauty

A mathematics historian and an artist team up for a show-and-tell about geometry, in a book that lives up to its name.

Beautiful Geometry. Eli Maor and Eugen Jost. 187 pages. Princeton University Press.

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