The Big Picture

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ISBN: 9780525954828
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Published: Dutton - May 10th, 2016

This theoretical physicist/author paints a rich multidisciplinary picture of current thought from astronomy, chemistry, biology, physics and philosophy. He offers his 'sense making' though the more exciting part may be the impact quantum physics has had on our understandings of how life works. ~ Reviewed by Vicki Ward

The Harmless People

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ISBN: 9780679724469
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Published: Vintage - October 23rd, 1989

This student of Animal Behavior lived amongst African Nomadic Hunter-Gatherers in the 1950s, a way of life utterly changed by the 1980s as Industrial values swept the world. Her sensitive yet not romantic portrayal allows us access. ~ Reviewed by Vicki Ward

Your Inner Fish

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ISBN: 9780307277459
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Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2009

Beginning with some of the earliest known vertebrates, Shubin guides the reader through the meandering course of human evolution. Geared toward the non-scientist with plenty of similes and analogies to alleviate the paleontological and biological jargon. A well-told story of anatomy and genetics and the origins and development of life. ~ Reviewed by Nate George

My Beloved Brontosaurus

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ISBN: 9780374534264
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Published: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giro - March 4th, 2014

A great read for all dinosaur and paleontology enthusiasts. Solid science in easy-reading, enjoyable prose. Switek plainly explains what defines a dinosaur and presents a coherent timeline of dinosaur evolution while examining the evolution of paleontology. Dinosaurs today are clearly not the dinosaurs most of us grew up with. ~ Reviewed by Nate George

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are

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ISBN: 9780393246186
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 25th, 2016

The answer? "Yes, but you'd never have guessed"
This overview of the latest revelations in cognitive ability of animals, with both anecdotal evidence and clinical results, will turn your head around about the emotional and intellectual lives of animals. This thought provoking book asks that we overcome our internal proclivity to downplay animal intelligence and find the tools to accurately assess their capabilities. Frans De Waal has delivered a important work that everyone who is interested in the field will extol as an instant classic.
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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

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ISBN: 9780399184413
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2016

After reading Rovelli's elegantly written series of essays on what we think we know about modern physics, I admit I still don't get it. But what I lack in complete understanding is happily made up for by a re-energized curiosity. This is a mind-expanding and entertaining short work for people who want a better grasp of what's going on in this universe. Did you know space isn't really space? It's actually a thing. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


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