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Professor Stewart's Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries ***
Posted on 21/09/2014
Ian Stewart pulls out of his bag another collection of mathematical puzzles and diversions. Surprisingly, the Sherlock Holmes pastiche (Soames & Watsup) used to frame some of the problems works well. And there were some good puzzles to work on. But for the most part you would have to be a serious maths geek to enjoy a good two thirds of this book.
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Final Frontier - Brian Clegg ****
Posted on 15/09/2014
This book takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the subject of space exploration.

After a discussion of how space travel is portrayed, sometimes unrealistically, in science fiction; this book gives us an informative and interesting breakdown of the various aspects of space travel. Whether it is establishing a base on the Moon, terraforming Mars or mining asteroids for minerals, throughout the book the ideas and concepts which are discussed are explained in a clear and engaging fashion.
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Scarcity - Sendhil Mullainathan & Eldar Shafir ****
Posted on 17/09/2014
There is no scarcity of books about the brain and psychology and emotion. In fact, the shelves are groaning with them. But here's a psychological take on what you might regard as a problem of economics - and that makes it genuinely fascinating. So it's a shame that it doesn't work better as a book - but this is one of those titles that you will want to read despite that.

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Serving the Reich - Philip Ball

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The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity by Pedro G. Ferreira
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Gulp: Adventures of the Alimentary Canel by Mary Roach
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The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine’s Deepest Mystery, by George Johnson
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Seven Elements that have Changed the World - John Browne
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Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World by Mark Miodownik


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