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Bayes' Rule: James Stone *** 22 June 2016 - Not really popular science, but a relatively approachable textbook lite on the most fun aspect of probability.
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Goldilocks and the Water Bears: Louisa Preston *** 17 June 2016 - Rather mixed treatment of the interesting topic of the nature of and search for alien life in this oddly titled book.
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The Gene: Siddhartha Mukherjee **** 15 June 2016 A wrist buster of a science/medicine book exploring both the development of genetic science and medicine, and its moral implications.

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