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The Idea of the Brain: Matthew Cobb ***** 25 June 2020 - In a brilliant piece of writing provides a history of the various attempts by researchers to understand the brain and its functions, which of course also includes such concrete things as the nervous system and abstract ones as thought, memory, consciousness, all of those things that we think make us human.
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The Search for Life on Mars: Elizabeth Howell and Nicholas Booth *** 24 June 2020 - Interesting coverage of the hunt for Martian life, but focuses more on events and personalities, rather than the underpinning ideas.
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The Big Ideas in Science: Jon Evans *** 21 J une 2020 - Approachable and generally well-written overview of science, only let down by a strange absence of chemistry and the fundamentals of physics. (Relativity, for example, not mentioned at all.)
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Stormblood: Jeremy Szal ****12 June 2020 - Impressive action SF debut novel. Bio-enhanced former soldier uncovers the secret of a drug cartel his brother is entangled with while battling his own 'stormtech' enhancement.
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The Dark Side of the Sun: Terry Pratchett ***(*) 7 June 2020 - Straight SF written before Pratchett started on Discworld: flawed writing but packed with interesting ideas.
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Plan for the Worst: Jodi Taylor **** 15 May 2019 - The difficulty of starting reading a series at book 11, plus the relentless jokiness were a put off, but the book's time travelling set pieces are excellent.
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