All posts tagged with books

Endarkenment now

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An article in Salon by Phil Torres attempts to source and check quotes in Steven Pinker’s best-selling book released last year, Enlightenment Now: “Steven Pi...

Link: Barbara King reviews Jon Marks

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Barbara King discusses Jon Marks’ new book, Tales of the Ex-Apes: How We Think about Human Evolution, on her NPR blog: “Are We Ex-Apes? A Story Of Human Evol...

Quote: Dreger on heretics

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Alice Dreger discusses her new book, Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science in The Scientist: “Stirring the Pot”.

Tales of a paleoartist

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Discover magazine is running an incredible article by John Gurche about the process of creating his artistic reconstructions of early hominins: “Making Lucy:...

Gurche profile

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The Boston Globe has an interview with the noted artist John Gurche: “John Gurche, hominid sculptor”.

Quote: John McPhee on the United States

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I was excited yesterday when I saw that John McPhee’s Annals of the Former World is finally on Kindle, and is selling for less than 9 dollars. It is a master...

Diamond's "World" is not enough

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Rex Golub reviews Jared Diamond’s book, The World Until Yesterday, and tries to explain why it rubs anthropologists the wrong way: “Anthropology, Footnoted: ...

Goodall plagiarism case

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I’m back home now from a week on family vacation, catching up on news from the last few days. I have been dismayed to read about Jane Goodall’s book debacle....

My review of "Paleofantasy"

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I have a review of Marlene Zuk’s new book, Paleofantasy, in this week’s Nature: “Evolutionary biology: Twisting the tale of human evolution” Hawks:Paleofanta...

Mailbag: What to read, for newbies

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I don’t usually front-page my mailbag entries, but I thought I would start doing it with a few: partly to remind myself to post them more often, and partly b...

Unexpected "Radium Age" stories

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I was enjoying a Nature discussion of “radium age” sci-fi literature, when this line caught me by surprise:

Fifty paradigms of grey

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The Guardian has a retrospective in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of publication of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (and you can buy an anniversa...

What Technology Wants, apputated

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On the ebook review site, Download the Universe, I have a new review of the app version of Kevin Kelly’s book, What Technology Wants. The link to my review: ...

New animal communication books

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Anthropologist Barbara J. King reviews two new books on animal communication in the Washington Post: “‘Calls Beyond Our Hearing: Unlocking the Secrets of Ani...

Reinventing discovery

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Sabine Hossenfelder reviews a recent book by Michael Nielsen, Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science.

Book sample: Mark Pagel's Wired for Culture

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I’ve just bought a new book by Mark Pagel, titled Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind. I’ll be doing a review when I get through it, but in t...

Download the universe

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Carl Zimmer and a broad group of science writers and scientists have started a new collaborative review site, focused specifically on science e-books and app...

White on books

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The Browser has up an interview with paleoanthropologist Tim White, focused around his choice of five books to recommend: (“Tim White on prehistoric man”). A...

Charles Mann interview

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Razib Khan posts an interview with author Charles C. Mann, whose new book 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created is an account of the social and eco...

Anthro 404: Funny not found

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My graduate advisee Zach Throckmorton has become really well-known for his anthropology-related jokes and puns. He’s sort of a Facebook phenomenon. Fresh off...

Eighth day of creation

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Larry Moran muses on the recent death of Horace Judson, author of The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology. This excellent history is ...

Brainy books

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I was in the local library this afternoon and browsing through the science section. There were quite a number of popular books on neuroscience published acro...

Greene language interview

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The Browser gives us an interesting interview with the Economist’s Robert Lane Greene, (“Robert Lane Greene on Language and the Mind”). Greene has a recent b...

Joshua Foer's memory racket

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For Sunday morning (here in California, still, although it’s fading into afternoon in my native land), I can point you to a book excerpt by Joshua Foer, from...

"Such words as the tide dictates"

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The Guardian has a delightful excerpt of a book about typography – Just My Type, by Simon Garfield. I don’t know if it has a U.S. publisher yet, but its aut...

Book futures

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An article about the future bookless libraries, which may already be springing up at a campus near you:

Beware the wiki books

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I was browsing on Amazon this morning, and found rather a surprising number of new books about human evolution. The thing is, I didn’t recognize any of the a...

Philosopause

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Philosopher of science Kim Sterelny has written a review of the biographical collection, Stephen Jay Gould: Reflections on His View of Life, out last year. I...

Book recommendation

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I was in a conversation last night about a book I had really enjoyed this year, and I remarked that I had meant to review it on the blog and hadn’t done it y...

Is modern man a "wimp"?

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That’s the conclusion of a Reuters article, which describes a book by Australian science writer Peter McAllister. The book is titled, Manthropology: The Scie...

Book notes: Free, by Chris Anderson

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I read Chris Anderson’s book because it was, well, “Free”. The book’s thesis is simple: Sometimes people profit by giving things away.

Crow and Kimura back in print

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A new printing of a classic population genetics text has been issued this year: An Introduction to Population Genetics Theory, by James Crow and Motoo Kimura.

New book

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In the mail: Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior, by Geoffrey Miller.

Food: it's so good

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Tara Parker-Pope of the NY Times reports on former FDA chief David Kessler’s new book, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appet...

The 10,000 Year Explosion

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I want to point people interested in recent human evolution to a new book, The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution.