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Breakfast with Einstein: Chad Orzel *** 19 October 2018 - A bit of a let down after 'How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog' - has a couple of lines opening each chapter to give everyday context, but the rest is a straight quantum physics overview.
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Blueprint: Robert Plomin ***** 9 October 2018 - Remarkable book on the genetic influence on behaviour that should transform the way we see psychiatry, education and more. Behavioural genetics is psychology transformed by real data.
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The Genius Checklist: Dean Keith Simonton *** 7 October 2018 - Despite the highly misleading subtitle, this is not a self-help book, but an exploration of the psychology of genius which mostly demonstrates the lack of good science in the area.
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Snapshot: Brandon Sanderson **** 25 September 2018 - An idea-driven novella based on an impossible but fascinating concept of physically recreating a day in a city to observe a crime and catch criminals. Interesting twists if you can suspend disbelief.
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An American Story: Christopher Priest **** 22 September 2018 - A fascinating story of a science writer attempting to get to the bottom of 9/11 and the role of a strange mathematician - but the basis on conspiracy theories is disturbing.
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By the Pricking of Her Thumb: Adam Roberts ***** 6 September 2018 - Roberts betters The Real-Town Murders in this elegant, fun and reference-loaded sequel, combining a howdunnit, a whodunnit-to and an exploration of the nature of money (with added 2001).
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