Book Reviews Archive

Professor Brian Cox on Meaning in a Human Universe

Do humans represent an isolated island of meaning in a meaningless universe? Professor Brian Cox explores this in his new BBC series, Human Universe.

What Ails the Curmudgeonly Professor?: A Review of Dear Committee Members

"Dear Committee Members" is an epistolary novel which tells a story that’s only possible because of the painful reality of academic life.

Vulnerable and Dangerous: A Review of On Immunity

On Immunity is as much for people who don’t understand parents who choose not to vaccinate a child as it is for parents who are not vaccinating their kids.

Reviews in the Wild: The Meaning of Human Existence

Human existence is a complicated one ranging from serving the poor and downtrodden to beheading enemies. But is there meaning it?

The Message in the Noise: A Review of Unseen Cosmos

When Karl Jansky observed the first radio waves from space, he gave birth to radio astronomy and changed the way we viewed the universe forever.

Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions: A Review of What If?

Randall Munroe's "What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions" is exactly what it says it is.

Gender and Power in New Guinea: A Review of Euphoria

"Euphoria" is a story about seizing life and a reminder of the potentially high cost of power and the lasting effects of our choices.

The Connection Between Power and Memory: A Review of The People’s Republic of Amnesia

In "The People's Republic of Amnesia," Louisa Lim explores the power of forgetting for control in China and those who won't let Tiananmen disappear.
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