Category: Opinion

The Neck Pain Handbook: Your Guide in Understanding and Treating Neck Pain by Grant Cooper [book review]

The Neck Pain Handbook: Your Guide in Understanding and Treating Neck Pain by Grant Cooper My rating: 2 of 5 stars The Neck Pain Handbook is a very short and concise book detailing the causes of neck pain and possible ways to cure it. The authors stress proper posture before more agressive treatment, such as …

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Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth by William Bryant Logan [book review]

Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth by William Bryant Logan My rating: 2 of 5 stars From the standpoint of a budding soil scientist, but ever the naturalist, this book nearly bored me to tears. While it was a quick read, interesting in parts, it was also a series of non-connecting short stories about …

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Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach [book review]

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve always liked Roach’s sarcasm when writing books, and Spook was no exception. I had wondered how she would approach the topic of the afterlife with her unique mix of sarcasm, non-academic style of demanding reason. It was quite informative while …

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The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World by Laura J. Snyder [book review]

The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World by Laura J. Snyder My rating: 4 of 5 stars Summary The Philosophical Breakfast Club is a very good history of science book. It is a story about 4 men, William Whewell, John Hershel, Richard Jones, and Charles Babbage, who strived …

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The Little Red Writing Book: 20 powerful principles of structure, style and readability by Brandon Royal [book review]

The little red writing book : 20 powerful principles of structure, style, & readability by Brandon Royal My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is actually a pretty good reference book. I found it quick, easy to read. This is particularly good since I don’t really dig reading how to write books, but this little …

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The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor by Colin Tudge

The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor by Colin Tudge My rating: 3 of 5 stars In my area of study of archaeology and geology, I’d like to say that I have a shallow grasp on the subject of palaeontology. Tudge’s writing of the subject definitely widened my grasp, if not deepened it a little. Here …

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Patently Ridiculous by Richard Ross [book review]

Patently Ridiculous by Richard Ross My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book is short collection of wacky inventions that passed the through the patent office. All descriptions come with a minimum of an abstract and a diagram. Some come with more diagrams and descriptions. Sometimes they are clear as to what the item is …

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The War At Troy by Lindsay Clarke [book review]

The War At Troy by Lindsay Clarke My rating: 4 of 5 stars If you have ever read Homer’s Iliad, this book will seem really familiar to you. If you haven’t, you’ll never know that this is basically a retelling of Homer’s great epic. The difference between Homer and Clarke, though, is that you’ll find …

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The Periodic Kingdom: A Journey Into The Land of The Chemical Elements by P.W. Atkins [book review]

The Periodic Kingdom: A Journey Into The Land Of The Chemical Elements by P.W. Atkins My rating: 4 of 5 stars Summary The Periodic Kingdom by Atkins is an accessible overview of basic chemistry. However, instead of presenting the information that the periodic table can tell us in a droll, textbook form, Atkins takes us …

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Evolution, Me, & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande [book review]

Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande My rating: 3 of 5 stars I gave this book 3 stars for I’m not really sure what I think of it. I’m an atheist, but my core family is very religious, so I come from a unique perspective. It is neither how to prove …

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