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Schrödinger's Cat and 49 Other Experiments that Revolutionised Physics: Adam Hart-Davis *** 14 June 2018 - Veteran science communicator A H-D makes some odd choices of experiment/theory but packs plenty of information into the bite-sized format.
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Lost in Math: Sabine Hossenfelder ***** 12 June 2018 - Physicist Hossenfelder bravely takes on her own community, pointing out the dangers of building rafts of theory based on subjective criteria such as beauty and naturalness, rather than experimental evidence.
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Brain Based Enterprises: Peter Cook **** 11 June 2018 - This is a business book (and the star rating is for it as a business book) - but contains a fair amount of science in looking at how we need to approach business differently in the modern, technology-driven economy.
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The Prize: Geoffrey Cooper **** 16 June 2018 - despite a relatively simple plot, this SF thriller (lab lit if you prefer) has the page-turning power of Dan Brown with real insights into the dirty side of medical research.
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Land of the Headless: Adam Roberts **** 13 June 2018 - A gut-wrenchingly unpleasant concept that Roberts uses skilfully to explore aspects of religion and the social condition. Gulliver's Travels for the 21st century.
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From Distant Stars: Sam Peters **** 6 June 2018 - A complex 'detectives in space' novel with dark conspiracies, a string of murders and a strange alien ship. Much to enjoy if you like the genre.
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