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Out of the Shadow of a Giant: John and Mary Gribbin ***** 20 May 2017 - An exploration of the remarkable scientific achievements of Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley, showing how they got hidden in the shadow of Newton.
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Are You Smarter than a Chimpanzee? - Ben Ambridge **** 15 May 2017 - An entertaining comparison of various mental capabilities and flaws, pitting humans against animals (often with the chance to take on the test yourself).
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The Mathematics Lover's Companion: Edward Scheinermann **** 11 May 2017 A total of 23 short sections covering intriguing aspects of maths. Some work better than others, but most will find something to interest them.

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