Category Archives: Science


I first read this book—about the 1918 pandemic that killed somewhere between 21 and 100 million people on the planet—when it first came out, in 2004.  Sixteen years later, when the World Health Organization announced we were officially facing a … Continue reading

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THE FIFTH RISK by Michael Lewis

What I have loved about Michael Lewis’s writing, from LIAR’S POKER forward, is how he follows his intellectual curiosity to investigate timely problems then tells engaging stories to explain these problems and shed light on the people trying to solve … Continue reading

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We have all seen it: someone looking down while driving. Texting. Heck, I saw three people doing it yesterday, when I went out on my porch to check the mail. They were driving 25 miles per hour down a crowded … Continue reading

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THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir

Andy Weir’s first novel, THE MARTIAN, is what Hollywood types call “high concept”: An astronaut who was left for dead finds himself alone on Mars. This is the story of what he does to try to survive. Of course they … Continue reading

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THE INNOVATORS by Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson’s latest 500-pager, THE INNOVATORS: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, is a paradox. Much like its predecessor, STEVE JOBS, it’s a dense page-turner. For pages and pages, it made me think about … Continue reading

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TOMS RIVER by Dan Fagin

If you have never heard of Toms River, New Jersey, then Dan Fagin’s new book, subtitled A Story of Science and Salvation, might seem like just another a riveting narrative—in this case, about how a town’s water supply became contaminated … Continue reading

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