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The Wave

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The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780767928854
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Published: Anchor - May 31st, 2011

This is a marvelous anecdotal treatise on freak (or rogue)ocean waves. While I didn't think I would enjoy this very much, I found myself enthralled by the topic and how it is presented. After the introduction, Ms. Casey follows around a group of diehard surfers who only surf giant waves of 60 feet or more. Laird Hamilton, who seems to be King of the Surfers, is a fascinating man hellbent on surfing a 100 foot wave - something that, until a few years ago, scientists didn't think existed. After this section of the book, the author attends a symposium on wave theory, in which we find out that, despite a great deal of scientific jargon, scientists really don't know a damn thing about waves. This is a very well written and researched book on an enthralling topic. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum


The Greatest Show on Earth

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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416594796
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Published: Free Press - August 24th, 2010

The author is a master communicator and a scientist with a social conscience and remarkable integrity. This book explains evolution in gorgeous detail with special emphasis on softening up the Creationists. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


The Fallen Sky

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The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781585428328
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Published: TarcherPerigee - August 5th, 2010

With poetic narrative and wit, Cokinos describes how humans have been enthralled by shooting stars and tells of the scientists, adventurers and ordinary people who have found and puzzled over these meteorites - stones that fall from the heavens - embedded in the earth. Fascinating. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones


Brilliant

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Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547520346
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Published: Mariner Books - July 7th, 2011

Brilliant begins with the very first known human-made lamp in the Lascaux Caves and travels all the way to present day with the debate between LEDs and CFLs. The most fascinating part is seeing how advances in lighting and electricity have shaped the culture of man-kind from the start. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli


The Beak of the Finch

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The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679733379
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 1995

Two Princeton biologists working in the Galapagos document how Darwin's finches respond to environmental change. Engaging, evocative, literate, fascinating. A Pulitzer Prize winner. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones


The Shallows

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The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393339758
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 6th, 2011

Carr magnificently puts forth the case that the use of The Internet has indeed changed our brain. Not since the book itself became available to all, has our brain experienced such a shift. Backed by scientific studies that are ongoing, he articulates what is gained (multi-tasking, access to massive amounts of information, group connectivity) and what is lost (deep reading, original thought, imagination and empathy). Finally he makes the point that the online world is here to stay and that we must all be mindful of the consequences. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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