Category Archives: Nonfiction – Science

A Review of Mike Brown’s How I Killed Pluto And Why It Had It Coming

I bought this book several years ago, back when I qualified for an educator discount and could get paperbacks from Random House for $3 apiece. Whenever you see me review a book that seems out of my usual oeuvre (I … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on Jonathan Lyons’ The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization

The anti-intellectualism of early Christianity makes me genuinely angry. This anger dates back to my reading of Charles Freeman’s The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason in the winter of 2012, but … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Jerome Groopman’s How Doctors Think (by Jill)

  I started a post on this book about a week ago and it seems to have vanished off my hard drive. That’s fine with me, actually, because it was going nowhere fast, and I’m hoping I can do a … Continue reading

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Algebra and Basic Human Decency: Early Thoughts on Jonathan Lyons’ The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization

I read the coolest little tidbit today in The House of Wisdom. It has to do with the invention of algebra. According to this author (and the source he cites; more on this in a moment), algebra was developed by … Continue reading

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A Quick Review of Holly Tucker’s Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution

This will need to be a brief review, as my newly-reconstituted work schedule requires me to go to bed early some nights, including tonight. But that’s OK – all I really need to tell you is that this book is … Continue reading

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A Review of Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Can you imagine childhood without dinosaurs? I can’t. What did three year-olds do before there were books of dinosaurs to pour over? How did they learn to pronounce multisyllabic words in the absence of archaeopteryx, velociraptor, and tyrannosaurus? Were they … Continue reading

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A Review of William Rosen’s Justinian’s Flea: The First Great Plague and the End of the Roman Empire (by Bethany)

This is the sort of history book I love – multidisciplinary, oriented around synthesis rather than analysis, and not afraid to go into detail about a sex act that a certain former empress of the Eastern Roman Empire liked to … Continue reading

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