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Outbreaks and Epidemics: Meera Senthilingam **** 26 March 2020 - A sober reflection on how epidemics work, the processes in place to deal with them and how a changing, globalised world has magnified risk. Written before the coronavirus pandemic, but updated to include it.
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Sleight of Mind: Matt Cook *** 20 March 2020 - A collection of fascinating and mind-bending paradoxes from maths, physics and philosophy - such a shame that the use of technical terminology and notation makes it unreadable unless you are already familiar with the field.
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Quantum Entanglement: Jed Brody **** 17 March 2020 - Really interesting new take on quantum entanglement, explaining how a Bell inequality can be experimentally tested - great, but read a background book first.
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Scotland in Space: Deborah Scott and Simon Malpas Eds. *** 25 February 2019 - Genuinely original idea combining three SF stories, four non-fiction pieces and three bits of literary criticism, all with a Scotland-and-space theme - but we struggled with it.
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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress: Robert Heinlein **** 23 February 2020 - Revisiting the 1960s classic, the writing and story hold up extremely well and despite real issues with the politics and treatment of women is still worth reading.
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Atlas Alone: Emma Newman **** 10 February 2020 - Great handling of immersive virtual reality in this fourth Planetfall book, with good plot development. Only slightly let down by a rushed ending.
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