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Science Reviews

You'll find reviews here covering the topic of science, with an emphasis on popular science.

Science Books

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The Incredible Unlikeliness Of Being by Alice Roberts

5 star rating
Released 2014
Alice Roberts looks at the amazing journey of human development and why our bodies have evolved in the way they have.


2nd July 2017

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The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

5 star rating
Released 2014
We are in the middle of a mass extinction event, caused by the actions of mankind. This book tells the story so far, and examines how we are changing the biosphere.


12th May 2014

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The Organised Mind by Daniel Levitin

5 star rating
Released 2014
The modern world can bombard us with information, making it exhausting to try to keep organised. Daniel Levitin examines the neuroscience behind keeping order and remembering what we need to.


28th September 2016

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Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat by Philip Lymbery

5 star rating
Released 2014
An exploration of how the move to industrialised farming has affected animal welfare, human health, and the environment. Taking a global perspective, this book pulls no punches in its critique of intensive factory farming.


5th April 2016

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Night School by Richard Wiseman

5 star rating
Released 2013
This book explores the science of sleep and offers tips on becoming a super sleeper.


31st January 2016

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Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre

5 star rating
Released 2012
An examination of how data in clinical trials is polluted and the factors corrupting modern medicine.


12th October 2013

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Rip It Up by Richard Wiseman

5 star rating
Released 2012
An exploration of the psychology of action and its effects on our mood, mindset, and habits.


2nd April 2016

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Maximum Willpower by Kelly McGonigal

5 star rating
Released 2012
This book explores the science of self-control, and examines the evidence for many methods for boosting willpower.


8th May 2016

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The Information by James Gleick

5 star rating
Released 2011
An eclectic account of the history of communications.


18th June 2012

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The New North: The World In 2050 by Laurence C. Smith

5 star rating
Released 2011
Will rising population and temperatures and thawing permafrost lead to a future dominated by bustling northern cities?


12th April 2011

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Sleights of Mind by Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde with Sandra Blakeslee

5 star rating
Released 2010
This book explores the things magicians can teach neuroscientists about the way our minds work.


14th March 2011

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59 Seconds: Think A Little, Change A Lot by Richard Wiseman

5 star rating
Released 2009
Professor Richard Wiseman discusses the science around self-help and presents lifestyle advice based on scientific studies.


20th December 2015

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Quantum by Manjit Kumar

5 star rating
Released 2008
How the discovery of the astonishing quantum world threw physicists into turmoil.


31st August 2011

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The Emerald Planet by David Beerling

5 star rating
Released 2007
Plants are often overlooked when it comes to the story of evolution. David Beerling sets this right in this account of how they have affected the history of our planet.


7th March 2011

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Toxin: The Cunning Of Bacterial Poisons by Alistair Lax

5 star rating
Released 2005
How bacterial toxins break down our defences so effectively, and the stories of people who have struggled to understand them.


13th September 2010

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The Knowledge by Lewis Dartnell

4 star rating
Released 2014
If humanity suffered an apocalypse, what would it take to rebuild civilisation from its ashes?


4th July 2014

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How To Think Like A Neandertal by Thomas Wynn and Frederick L. Coolidge

4 star rating
Released 2012
The Neandertals were an evolutionary offshoot that died out. But what did they have in common with us, and what were they really like?


15th April 2013

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Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks

4 star rating
Released 2012
The neurologist Oliver Sacks examines the varied reasons why people may sense things that aren't there.


11th March 2013

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The Epigenetics Revolution by Nessa Carey

4 star rating
Released 2011
DNA is not the whole story. This book examines how cells know which genes to activate and what that tells us about disease, inheritance and biology.


1st May 2012

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Electrified Sheep by Alex Boese

4 star rating
Released 2011
A look at some of the stranger experiments carried out in the name of science.


20th February 2012

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Inflight Science by Brian Clegg

4 star rating
Released 2011
This book examines the science behind flying, from check in at the airport to touch down.


5th September 2011

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Paranormality by Richard Wiseman

4 star rating
Released 2011
The science behind seeing ghosts, believing psychics, and how brainwashing works.


3rd May 2011

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How Many Friends Does One Person Need? by Robin Dunbar

4 star rating
Released 2010
A look at what evolution can tell us about the science of friendship, culture, morality and various other curiosities.


8th February 2012

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Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

4 star rating
Released 2008
Ben Goldacre blows open the world of scams, quacks, and the misreporting and misunderstanding of science.


24th September 2010

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Death By Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

4 star rating
Released 2007
A collection of essays on the cosmos that spans the birth and death of the universe and much of the excitement in between.


4th April 2011

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Junk Science by Dan Agin

4 star rating
Released 2006
A look at how scientific truths are under attack from pressure groups, corporations, and other interested parties.


22nd July 2011

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After Dolly by Ian Wilmut and Roger Highfield

4 star rating
Released 2006
After Dolly the sheep made headlines the scientist behind her creation discusses the implications of her birth.


1st August 2011

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Microbe: Are We Ready For The Next Plague? by Alan P. Zelicoff and Michael Bellomo

4 star rating
Released 2005
An analysis of how well the west is prepared to cope with new and deadly infectious diseases.


2nd March 2011

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The Science of Harry Potter : How Magic Really Works by Roger Highfield

4 star rating
Released 2002
The facts behind the fantasy world of the boy wizard.



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Cosmos Close-Up by Giles Sparrow

3 star rating
Released 2011
A view of the universe, as revealed by space telescopes and other modern technology.


2nd September 2011

Knocking On Heaven    

Knocking On Heaven's Door by Lisa Randall

3 star rating
Released 2011
From particle physics on the tiniest scales to the most awe-inspiring cosmology, and modern experiments that could be on the verge of cracking open the secrets of the universe.


9th January 2012

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Physics Of The Future by Michio Kaku

3 star rating
Released 2011
An examination of how science could shape the world of 2100, and how it can help us to predict the near future.


26th March 2013