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Music by the Numbers: Eli Maor *** 20 May 2018 - A history of the science of music combined with observations on parallels between 20th century serious music and physics falls between two stools.
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Brainology: Mosaic Science **** 19 May 2018 - A collection of excellent journalism on brain science - some a bit too medical for me, but I loved several, including one on dogs with OCD.
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The Happy Brain: Dean Burnett **** 18 May 2018 - A very personal and readable account of a neuroscientist's attempt to discover where happiness comes from and why it occurs.
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Beyond the Aquila Rift: Alastair Reynolds ****16 May 2018 - an impressive collection of stories that mostly feel more like the 'pilot episode' for novels than true short stories.
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After Atlas: Emma Newman *****12 May 2018 - Sequel to Planetfall, set on Earth decades after the colonists departed. Combination of murder mystery and dystopian future works excellently.
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Before Mars: Emma Newman ***** 12 May 2018 - Sequel to After Atlas set on small Mars base. Taking place in roughly parallel time to After Atlas, weaves together a huge story arc. Impressive thriller.
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