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100 Ideas that Changed Photography

100 Ideas that Changed Photography

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By Mary Warner Marien

Synopsis: This compelling book chronicles the most influential ideas that have shaped photography from the invention of the daguerreotype in the early 19th century up to the digital revolution and beyond. Entertaining and intelligent, it provides a fascinating resource to dip into. Arranged in a broadly chronological order to show the development of photography, the ideas…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Nathalia Holt

Science Book a Day Interviews Nathalia Holt

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Special thanks to Nathalia Holt for answering 5 questions about her recently featured book – Cured: How the Berlin Patients Defeated HIV and Forever Changed Medical Science

Nathalia Holt is an award-winning research scientist specializing in HIV biology. Her research has led to major developments in the HIV gene therapy field.  She has trained at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General…

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First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

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By James R Hansen

Synopsis: Marking the forty-fifth anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing, First Man by James Hansen offers the only authorized glimpse into the life of America’s most famous astronaut, Neil Armstrong—the man whose “one small step” changed history.

“The Eagle has landed.”

When Apollo 11 touched down on the moon’s surface in 1969, the first man on the moon became a legend. In Fir…

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Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel

Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel

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By Jason Padgett and Maureen Seaberg

Synopsis: The remarkable story of an ordinary man who was transformed when a traumatic injury left him with an extraordinary gift.

No one sees the world as Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns, numbers call to mind distinct geometric shapes, and intricate fractal patterns emerge from the movement of tree branches, revealing…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Darian Leader

Science Book a Day Interviews Darian Leader

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Special thanks to Darian Leader for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Strictly Bipolar

Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst and author. His books include Stealing the Mona Lisa: What Art Stops Us From Seeing; Why Do People Get Ill?; The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression; and What Is Madness? – From The Guardian

Darian’s Homepage: http://www.darianleader.com

#1 –…

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Darwin’s Radio

Darwin’s Radio

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By Greg Bear

Synopsis: Ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans wait like sleeping dragons to wake and infect again–or so molecular biologist Kaye Lang believes. And now it looks as if her controversial theory is in fact chilling reality. For Christopher Dicken, a “virus hunter” at the Epidemic Intelligence Service, has pursued an elusive flu-like disease that strikes down expectant mothers…

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Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics under Hitler

Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics under Hitler

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By Philip Ball

Synopsis: Serving the Reich tells the story of physics under Hitler. While some scientists tried to create an Aryan physics that excluded any ‘Jewish ideas’, many others made compromises and concessions as they continued to work under the Nazi regime. Among them were three world-renowned physicists:

Max Planck, pioneer of quantum theory, regarded it as his moral duty to carry on…

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Kevin Orrman-Rossiter Reviews My Manager and Other Animals

Kevin Orrman-Rossiter Reviews My Manager and Other Animals

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Review by Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

My Manager and Other Animals
By Richard Robinson

Author’s Homepage: http://www.richardrobinson.org.uk

Antagonistic harmony: the ‘selfish ape’ and the ‘chaotic ant’

The author of this book, Richard Robinson, firstly wants to convince us that we, in our modern office environment, are a balance between ape and ant – self interest and generosity. Secondly he proposes…

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My Manager and Other Animals

My Manager and Other Animals

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By Richard Robinson

Synopsis: Deep down, we’re just like animals. Some of us are selfish like apes. Some are chaotic like ants… And somehow the two clash and coalesce in ‘antagonistic harmony’. A fascinating look at the evolutionary psychology, instincts and tactics of the workplace.

My Manager & Other Animals examines the evolutionary psychology of work, focusing on the office, workshop,…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Leslie Valiant

Science Book a Day Interviews Leslie Valiant

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Special thanks to Leslie Valiant for answering 3 questions about his recently featured book – Probably Approximately Correct: Nature’s Algorithms for Learning and Prospering in a Complex World

Leslie Valiant is the T. Jefferson Coolidge Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the National Academy of…

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12 Books Nominated for the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

12 Books Nominated for the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

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RS Winton Prize for Sci logo.448x576These are the 12 titles and their synopses that were originally longlisted for the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. We have covered some of these books over the last year and will cover the rest in the coming weeks. Let us know which book you think will win.

Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics under Hitler by Philip Ball
The judges said: “An incredibly…

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#flashbackfriday: The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

#flashbackfriday this week is from September 9, 2013. The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood…

#flashbackfriday: The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

#flashbackfriday this week is from September 9, 2013. The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood…

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Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II

Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II

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By Vicki Croke

Synopsis: The remarkable story of James Howard “Billy” Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world’s largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill.

Billy Williams came to colonial Burma in 1920, fresh from service in World War I, to a job as a “forest man” for a British teak company. Mesmerized by the…

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Ten Great Books About Agriculture

Ten Great Books About Agriculture

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This list was compiled by Victoria Taylor, Director of Flourish Communication, who is currently reading “Empires of Food: Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations” by Evan D. C. Fraser and Andrew Rimas. Follow Victoria on Twitter

We asked a diverse group of people working in agriculture to nominate books that showcase the importance of agriculture to our lives. From children’s books,…

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The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

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By Deborah Blum

Synopsis: PBS’s AMERICAN EXPERIENCE released a film based on The Poisoner’s Handbook in January 2014

A fascinating Jazz Age tale of chemistry and detection, poison and murder, The Poisoner’s Handbook is a page-turning account of a forgotten era. In early twentieth-century New York, poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Science had no place in the Tammany…

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