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
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
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,
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
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
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