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5 11, 2013

Review: Buried Glory by Istvan Hargittai

By | November 5th, 2013|Categories: Biographies, Historical, Mathematics/Science, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , |2 Comments


9780199985593_p0_v2_s260x420Reviewed by Nikhil Sharma

Creation of widespread general awareness about a specialized field and successful dissemination of information on a global scale regarding major contributors is, to a large extent, dependent on two important factors in the digital age: first is the English language; the second one being political alignment with the major global powers. And the Russians are tangential to both of these for most of us to be even minutely aware of anything beyond the color Red – the capital R signifying the over-importance given to Communism. Such is the state of ignorance and non-existential data about individuals, who have contributed not only in the Soviet/Russian space but even globally in the fields of science and arts, that often a search-engine leads to unworthy results. Buried Glory: Portraits of Soviet Scientists by Istvan Hargittai is a splendid and

2 08, 2012

Review: The Honest Truth about Dishonesty by Dan Ariely

By | August 2nd, 2012|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Mathematics/Science, Nonfiction, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Dan Ariely, author of The Honest Truth About Dishonesty, discusses the multitude of situations in which people are the most likely to cheat or be dishonest in their dealings with other people. He explains that being dishonest occurs at every relationship level, in every business organization or industry and in every aspect of human life. According to the studies, people are more likely to lie or cheat others when they are emotionally exhausted or when the person can gain the most benefit personally from perpetuating the deception on others.

The book is an interesting amalgamation on why we are dishonest: from why we buy knock off watches to why people who are overpaid don’t return the money to the rightful owner – and the person’s internal reasoning for their dishonest actions. Apparently, social scientists have done tons

11 07, 2011

Review: Beneath the Sands of Egypt by Donald P. Ryan

By | July 11th, 2011|Categories: Historical, Mathematics/Science, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , |8 Comments


Reviewed by Jenna Arthur

Ancient Egypt has captivated many history and archaeology enthusiasts over the years. Whether it’s the massive dynamic of the pyramids or perhaps the intrigue of ancient metropolises and pharaohs: Egypt still remains a puzzle to be solved.

Beneath the Sands of Egypt tells Donald P. Ryan’s first hand account of a lifetime spent trying to piece together what remains beneath the sands of Egypt’s past. Fascinated at an early age with archaeology, a young Donald Ryan spent his time reading National Geographic and dreaming of bones. Ryan spent his college years climbing mountains and preparing, training to withstand Egypt’s harsh environment.

Beneath the Sands of Egypt takes us along on the bumpy ride as the author becomes a respected archaeologist, and experiences the events that shape not only his family but his obsession with Egyptian history. Weaving life events with fact, this story not only educates the reader but allows them to live in

25 06, 2011

Review: Bonobo Handshake by Vanessa Woods

By | June 25th, 2011|Categories: Animals, Biographies, Mathematics/Science, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Vanessa Woods had no idea what she wanted to do with her life. Accepting an opportunity to work with her friend Debby’s chimpanzee orphanage in Africa was just the beginning in a series of events that would change Vanessa in ways she had never expected. First, Vanessa fell in love with a primatologist who worked with the chimpanzees on Ngamba Island. She accepted his quick marriage proposal, scared and excited all at the same time.

Brian Hare’s scientific research took him and his new wife to Congo, where he hoped to find the answer to one of the greatest questions of mankind: What makes us human? Hesitant about Congo, which has the highest rate of rape in the world, Vanessa did not anticipate how involved she herself would become in Brian’s testing. Unlike the chimpanzees they

22 06, 2011

Review: Vaccine-nation by Andreas Moritz

By | June 22nd, 2011|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Mathematics/Science, Nonfiction, Personal Health|Tags: , , , , , , , , |23 Comments


Reviewed by Jenna Arthur

Mercury and formaldehyde are two toxic chemicals that draw a furrow to our brow. When you think of these two chemicals, do you think vaccine? Well you should. Mercury and formaldehyde are just two of the many harsh chemicals in some of our vaccines today.

In Vaccine-nation, Andreas Moritz takes us on a controversial ride through cause and effect. Mr. Moritz gives inside facts to what pharmaceutical companies do not want us to know: that vaccines harm more then they cure. Did you know that 120% more Asthma, 317% more ADHD, 185% more Neurologic disorders, and 146% more Autism occur in children that are vaccinated? People vaccinated are more likely to contract the disease they are being inoculated against than those who have not been vaccinated.

Mr. Moritz backs his research with thorough scientific facts and research,

18 12, 2010

Review: The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey

By | December 18th, 2010|Categories: Current Events, Gift Ideas, Mathematics/Science, Nature, Non Fiction, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Caitlin B.

The Wave alternates between anecdotes from legendary big wave surfer Laird Hamilton, harrowing tales of cargo ships lost at sea, and the adventures of wave scientists attempting to define the ocean’s behaviors.

Hamilton is known as an extreme among extremists. He and his crew all but invented the sport of two-in surfing when they began using Jet Skis to surf waves unreachable by typical paddle-in surfing. (For a history of big wave and tow-in surfing, the film Riding Giants is an excellent starting point.) Sooner than later, Hamilton and company were dropping down the faces of 50-foot waves in places unfamiliar to most other surfers. The risks have always been high, but science and experience point to ever-increasing peril generated by random forces: freak or rogue waves.

Modern-day wave scientists seek the ability to

24 10, 2010

Review: E=MC2: Simple Physics by Jeff Stewart

By | October 24th, 2010|Categories: Gift Ideas, Mathematics/Science, Non Fiction, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy J.

E=MC2: Simple Physics uses a casually brilliant and humorously fun approach to explaining the most significant scientific theories of our time. Anyone can grasp the easy to understand physics examples highlighted and reviewed in this book. The examples are laid out in the most logical and practical way for the reader, making it possible to enjoy this book as bedtime reading material!

Many of the theories in the book will not surprise the reader, such as the laws of gravity (several apples tied together will fall to the ground at the same time), but other theories are a bit of a surprise after all and are just plain fun (you drive at 22mph, the police pass you at 68 mph, an erroneous speeding ticket may be in your future).

E=MC2: Simple Physics stays true to its theoretical

19 08, 2010

Review: 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know by John Barrow

By | August 19th, 2010|Categories: Gift Ideas, Mathematics/Science, Non Fiction|Tags: , , |6 Comments


Reviewed by Caleb S.

While the title 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know is a bit of hyperbole, it is still a fun and interesting read. I happen to like math so I was able to follow along when it was explained. However, well over half of the chapters contain little or any actual math. There are even two or three math ‘tricks’ that non-math people can easily use to stump others. One chapter explains why spaghetti noodles break into at least three pieces when bent to the breaking point without using actual math. Another explains conditions that can happen at a race track that will guarantee winnings if the correct betting method is followed. There is also a decent explanation of the Monty Hall problem.

100 Essential Things is fairly