Tag Archives: Science

“Ever since Darwin” by Stephen Jay Gould

I picked this collection of essays (selected from Gould’s mid-1970s contributions to Natural History) up during a recent visit to Rodgers Book Barn (along with “The Panda’s Thumb”, and another book I’ll write about later). Pop-science writing always runs the … Continue reading


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The Balkan wars

Is there a question of less importance to the world than the ethnicity and nationality of Nikola Tesla?  Yes, you could instead get involved in the Wikipedia fights about whether the Ragusan (yes really) scientist Roger Boscovich is “really” Croatian … Continue reading

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“A short history of nearly everything” by Bill Bryson

This has been on my shelf for a while — I certainly read some of it in 2011 (the bookmark I was using was an ATM receipt from FPSAC Iceland) but then set it aside until recently.  Overall, I thought … Continue reading

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Proverbs for scientists

“You can’t bargain with a dead mouse.”

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Alan Alda

Alan Alda is absolutely the sexiest 70+ year old out there.  He’s also a fabulous communicator of science — perhaps, along with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the best of the present generation.

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