Monthly Archives: August 2012

Book Review: Full House

Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin by Stephen Jay Gould The central problem that Full House addresses is what Gould refers to as the “fallacy of reified variation”, where an abstraction like a mean or an extreme … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Calculus Gallery

The Calculus Gallery: Masterpieces from Newton to Lebesgue by William Dunham As in stated in the introduction, this book is not strictly a history of calculus nor a biography of its inventors (discoverers?) and practitioners, though it has much of both. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Science, Numbers, and I

Science, Numbers, And I by Isaac Asimov This is the 6th collection of Asimov science essays taken from the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, bringing us to about the years 1966-67. Its chapters are divided into three sections: 9 in … Continue reading

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Curiosity lands on Mars

I wrote about the Mars Science Laboratory mission when it launched back in November, and a short while ago the Curiosity rover successfully landed on the Martian surface and sent back some early photos. There’s a dust cap still on … Continue reading

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Book Review: Collider

Collider: The Search for the World’s Smallest Particles by Paul Halpern Targeted at the interested lay audience, Collider is a decent introduction to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and, more interestingly for me, an overview of the history of particle colliders. … Continue reading

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