A review of Why Beauty is Truth: A History of Symmetry by Ian Stewart. A review of A Natural History of Time by Pascal Richet. A review of Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang by Paul J. Steinhardt and Neil Turok. A review of Space as a Strategic Asset by Joan Johnson-Freese; and can’t all space nerds get along? If an asteroid impact destroys most of life on Earth, it won't be for lack of effort by Rusty Schweickart. An excerpt from Rocketeers: How a Visionary Band of Business Leaders, Engineers and Pilots Is Boldly Privatizing Space by Michael Belfiore. Malicious, vindictive and mean-spirited. These are words that might surface in divorce court. But they have been lobbed in the course of a different estrangement: the standoff between the Bush administration and the nation's scientific community.
From Physics Today, Science and the Islamic world: Internal causes led to the decline of Islam's scientific greatness long before the era of mercantile imperialism. To contribute once again, Muslims must be introspective and ask what went wrong. A review of Galileo Antichrist: A Biography by Michael White. A review of Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson. A review of Suffer and Survive: The Extreme Life of JS Haldane by Martin Goodman. So what if he was afraid of bananas? A review of Max Perutz and the Secret of Life by Georgina Ferry (and more). A review of Six Feet Over: Adventures in the Afterlife by Mary Roach.
Nose goes, gender bends: Knocking out pheromone sensor makes female mice act male. Supply, Demand, and Kidney Transplants: A bad incentive structure creates a dire shortage. A review of The Case Against Perfection by Michael J. Sandel. Cold-blooded morality: Does morality or ethics rise more from recently developed social conventions (human invention, in other words) or from brain-based cognitive systems that first developed in our evolutionary ancestors? Whenever scandals break, the rest of us shake our heads and ask, "What were they thinking?" Hot and cold emotions make us poor judges. How to weigh brains and restrict people: A review of IQ: the Brilliant Idea that Failed by Stephen Murdoch. Testing Testers, Finding Flaws: Researchers have proved adept at exposing gaps in logic that can result from expert biases and mistakes.