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Infinitesimal - How a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world - Amir Alexander ***
Posted on 21/10/2014
Lots of history in a book on the precursors of calculus. A first section covers the Jesuits' attempts to smother infinitesimals, while the second puts the battle between Hobbes and Wallis into the context of the civil war. Could do with a little more scientific context, but certainly interesting.
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Why Don't Spiders Stick to Their Webs - Robert Matthews ***
Posted on 16/10/2014
An enjoyable selection of scientific FAQs from Matthews' long-running column in the Sunday Telegraph. Some fun and surprising facts. The only problem is the book is a little dated, assuming, for instance, that TVs are cathode ray tubes.
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Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep - Timothy Verstynen & Bradley Voytek ***
Posted on 20/10/2014
While we're no great fans of zombies here, there is no doubt that Verstynen and Voytek hit on an interesting way to portray the way the brain handles different requirements from walking and talking to memory by reference to the problems that zombies seem to have with their brains.

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