Do humans represent an isolated island of meaning in a meaningless universe? Professor Brian Cox explores this in his new BBC series, Human Universe.
She was the younger sister of a founding father. A self-proclaimed bad speller. Married at age fifteen, she became mother to twelve, eleven of whom died before she did. Jane Franklin Mecom’s life was representative of her times, which is one reason biographer Jill Lepore resisted writing about it for years. She was much
Mindy Withrow of The Discarded Image notes the June release of Francine du Plessix Gray's new novel, The Queen's Lover.
Mindy Withrow of the Discarded Image previews Emily St. John Mandel's third novel, The Lola Quartet, releasing May 2012 by Unbridled Books.
The Coffins of Little Hope is Timothy Schaffert’s fourth book but apparently the first one to garner a review in the New York Times. Published by one of my favorite small presses, Unbridled Books, the novel releases in hardcover on April 19. I’ve heard bits and pieces about this novel, but the NYT review
The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human is the newest (January 2011) by V. S. Ramachandran. If you listen to WNYC’s Radiolab podcast, you’ll recognize the name of the author. Ramachandran is an amazing neuroscientist whose regular appearance on Radiolab often comes with not only a cool accent but also mind-wrinkling