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Origin Story

Origin Story: A Big History of Everything By David Christian Little, Brown and Company, New York, 2018 Every religion, every culture, and every nation has its origin story. Origin stories tell us who we are, where we come from, how … Continue reading

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Enlightenment Now

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and ProgressBy Steven PinkerViking, New York, 2018 We seem to be living in a time of perpetual crisis. It feels like the whole world is going off the rails. Everything decent seems … Continue reading

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinciby Walter IsaacsonSimon & Schuster, New York, 2017 The first thing you notice about Walter Isaacson’s latest book, Leonardo da Vinci, is its weight. This is a hefty tome. It tips the scales at three pounds even (1360g … Continue reading

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Book Review: How We Got to Now

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern WorldBy Steven JohnsonPenguin Group, New York, 2014 Steven Johnson starts off How We Got to Now with a very cool story: One little-known consequence of the invention of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: What If

What IfBy Randall MunroeHoughton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, 2014 I’m a big fan of xkcd, so when I saw this book by Randall Munroe, its creator, my instant reaction was “must have.” What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical … Continue reading

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Book Review: 17 Equations That Changed the World

In Pursuit of the Unknown:  17 Equations That Changed the WorldBy Ian StewartBasic Books, New York, 2012 17 Equations That Changed the World:  It’s a greatest hits collection!  17 of your all-time favorite equations from the worlds of mathematics, physics … Continue reading

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