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The Accidental Species: Misunderstandings of Human Evolution
The Accidental Species: Misunderstandings of Human Evolution
by Henry Gee
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 15.30

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent corrective for simple-minded views on human evolution, 18 Dec 2013
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With characteristic wit and style, Gee demolishes the simple-minded notion that the evolution of humans was a process of linear progression. Instead he presents a compelling account of, perhaps paradoxically, the extreme sparseness of the fossil record (these days complemented by our deep understanding of genetics and genomics) and the rich complexities of adaptation through natural selection of variation. Accessible to interested teenagers and above, I would say.


Francis Crick: Hunter of Life's Secrets
Francis Crick: Hunter of Life's Secrets
Price: 6.41

1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid until publisher fixes typos, figures and table of contents, 9 Aug 2013
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My review score in no way reflects the author's work but rather the carelessness of the publisher in preparing this text for the ebook format. It is littered with typos, links to the photographs in the book are missing from the table of contents and, worst of all, the illustrations are presented at such a low resolution that they are almost useless. Cold Spring Harbor Press could and should sort out these problems is they want to retain readers.


The Young Atheist's Handbook: Lessons for Living a Good Life Without God
The Young Atheist's Handbook: Lessons for Living a Good Life Without God
by Alom Shaha
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.79

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem that deserves to endure, 14 July 2012
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This is a gem of a book.

Don't be misled by the title: this is not a handbook. At least not in the sense of being a manual or guidebook for atheists. Rather Alom Shaha, a physics teacher who was born in Bangladesh and raised as a muslim in south-east London, has written a completely candid account of his life and his journey from religion to atheism.

The Young Atheist's Handbook is moving and insightful. At times the story is raw. With an unflinching eye Shaha examines how his experiences, especially in his early life -- the untimely death of his devoted mother, the brutal punishment at the hands and belt of his neglectful father, the inspiration of his teachers and his own encounters with students in his physics classes -- have shaped his world view. As he recounts the story of his journey away from Islam, a religion that he entered through an accident of birth, he reflects on the profound questions that occur time and again to young people who amass the courage to question their faith, the questions of free-will, of motive and morality, of evil, of heaven and hell, of life after death.

These questions are explored with a determination that is at the same time respectful and firm. The author strikes a modest tone that I am sure will draw readers in, even if, as people of faith, they find the text uncomfortable.

The book leans on extensive reading. It feels solid but is not trying to be scholarly. This is the story of someone who is on a personal journey and makes no claim to have all the answers.

The Young Atheist's Handbook is written with an elegant simplicity -- I didn't stumble once over the prose. Though created with teenagers in mind, it also deserves an adult audience.


Experimental Heart
Experimental Heart
by Jennifer L. Rohn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic lab-based thriller with a romantic twist, 23 Dec 2008
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Beautifully written and accurately rendered story of high-stakes research in a modern lab. The story cascades from the page and grips from the very beginning. Like other reviewers I found it very hard to put down and really enjoyed the adept mixing of lab-life, portrayed very realistically, and crime thriller. Highly recommended for male and female readers!


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