The Violinist's Thumb

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The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316182331
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 16th, 2013

Brought to you by the man who gave us The Disappearing Spoon, this history/explanation of DNA and the science of genetics is meant to whet the curiosity of the non-scientist with a clear and amusing style. Educational and a bit unnerving, the path of our past and future is unrolled for us to marvel at! ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Transit of Venus

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Transit of Venus: 1631 to the Present Cover Image
ISBN: 9781615190553
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Published: The Experiment - April 3rd, 2012

Venus will pass directly between earth and the sun on June 5, 2012. It won’t happen again until December 2117, but read this fascinating, well-illustrated book about the history, science and importance of the phenomenon. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones

John Carter Has Mad Hops

After two hours-plus of the uncomplicated but still head-scratching Martian space opera, John Carter, I had to ask my 13 year old son, "Did you get all that?" Yes. Of course, he did. The Therns are such and such. The Tharks act this way because. And I'm still thinking about the Ninth Ray but not very hard. For me, and I suspect many others, this film was about an Earth guy who can jump extremely high on Mars. The reason is never explained but only wondered about aloud. Something about bone density in combination with, I could only assume, the different atmosphere which had no other effect on John Carter other than the jumping. If one were really curious about this screwy but entertaining tale, one should go to the source--Edgar Rice Burroughs', A Princess of Mars.  (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780345331380
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Published: Del Rey - December 12th, 1985


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Poison: An Illustrated History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762770564
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Published: Lyons Press - April 1st, 2011

Poisons surround us and any substance can be lethal with the correct dosage. In this lovely book you will meet poisoners, their preferred methods and their victims. "Poison File" pages highlight specific poisons with symptoms, overviews and antidotes, if any. A joy! ~ Reviewed by Sarah Donner


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ISBN: 9780226568706
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 31st, 2011

The author/photographer's book focuses on animals and habitats that have changed little since their first appearance in the fossil record. The absolute best in nature photography. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

Seeing Further

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Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061999772
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 8th, 2011

With contributions from 23 fine writers, this is the perfect companion to The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes, one of my favorite books of 2009. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones


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