Book Reviews — History of Science

Book Review: Biology in the Grid: Graphic Design and the Envisioning of Life by Phillip Thurtle

Biology in the Grid by Phillip Thurtle sees grids as a framework within a biopolitical circumstance and makes the point that “living in the grid’ does not equalize us because all lives are not treated similarly despite the seeming uniformity of the form.

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Book Review: Headhunters: The Search for a Science of the Mind by Ben Shephard

Book Review: Headhunters: The Search for a Science of the Mind by Ben Shephard. Reviewed by Amy Ione.

This book traces a slice of history that in turn introduces us to some of those drawn to study human psychology and mental health a few decades after Darwin’s theory of evolution took root. Four of these pioneers are the focus of this book: William Rivers, Grafton Elliot Smith, Charles Myers, and William McDougall.

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Book Review: The New Ecology: Rethinking a Science for the Anthropocene by Oswald J. Schmitz

The New Ecology: Rethinking a Science for the Anthropocene by Oswald J. Schmitz. Reviewed by Amy Ione.

Perhaps it is because Paul J. Crutzen and Oswald J. Schmitz, the author of The New Ecology: Rethinking a Science for the Anthropocene, come from different backgrounds that there is a noteworthy difference in how each embraces the term Anthropocene. Schmitz’s emphasis in The New Ecology is on optimism despite what many see as a global environmental crisis. l epoch – the Anthropocene – should be officially declared.…

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Book Review: A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age by Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman

Review of  A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age by Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman. Reviewed by Amy Ione.

This timely biography is well researched and easy to read book. It captures the imagination and situates Shannon’s contributions in their cultural context. The volume also encourages the reader to explore their broader implications.

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Book Review: Future of the Brain: Essays by the World’s Leading Neuroscientists edited by Gary Marcus and Jeremy Freeman

Future of the Brain: Essays by the World’s Leading Neuroscientists edited by Gary Marcus and Jeremy Freeman. Reviewed by Amy Ione.

One of the Times Higher Education’s Best Books of 2015, Future of the Brain offers a compilation of original essays by leading brain researchers. Divided into seven sections, the range and disparities of the authors’ views underscore the dearth of an overarching theory researchers apply to studies in this area.

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