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I, Superorganism - Jon Turney **** 26 Feb 2015 - A book about the remarkable nature of the colonies of bacteria on and in humans, and how we interact with them. The basic concept is amazing, though the detail can be a little heavy going.
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Half Life - Frank Close **** 23 Feb 2015 - A scientific biography of Bruno Pontecorvo, covering not only his work on wartime nuclear reactors and his research on neutrinos but on the tangled subject of whether he was a Soviet spy or not.
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To Explain the World - Steven Weinberg *****15 Feb 2015 - An impressive history of the development of the scientific method (primarily in physics) from the Ancient Greeks to Newton.

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