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A Scientist in Wonderland - Edzard Ernst **** 30 Mar 2015 - Combines a reasonable memoir of growing up in Germany just after the Second World War with a fascinating account of Ernst’s time at Exeter University, making scientific investigations of alternative medicine.
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Scientific Babel - Michael Gordin *** 28 Mar 2015 - A collection of articles on everything from the numbers 1 to 10 all the way through to infinity. Brings in all kinds of mathematical fun - magic squares under ‘9’, for instance - but some of it you have to be a mathematician to love.
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Junk DNA - Nessa Carey **** 15 Mar 2015 - Truly remarkable revelations about the miniature mechanisms in our cells controlled by the bits of DNA that aren’t genes - and what happens when they go wrong.

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