Ever since I read her brilliant book “Stiff; the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” (on a trans-U.S. airplane flight, no less – talk about making one’s fellow seat mates uncomfortable!) I have delighted in her ability to take a range of topics that most people would think to be somewhere between uncomfortable (“Gulp”) and unmentionable (“Bonk”), and turn them into lively, eye-opening books.
For those who, like me, place great value in Oxford University Press’ brilliant Very Short Introductions volumes not only for the consistently high quality of the information they contain but also for their perfectly pocketable size (you’ll never find my beloved old Harris tweed sport coat lacking one in its lower left-hand pocket), I am happy to report that 2016 will see a number of new natural history related titles added to the series’ expanding roster.
Aristotle. The very name itself conjures images of the prototype for all philosophers. Yet was he really the philosopher he is so commonly thought to have been or was he, in fact, the first systematic scientist?
As a child of the great days of the space program, I grew up with with visible proof that through diligent study, teamwork, insatiable curiosity and the willingness to dream bigger than anyone should think rational, human beings could accomplish amazing things. A man didn’t walk on the surface of the moon because he was […]