Francis Pratt

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Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind &hellip by Richard Muller
Without having to agree with every single conclusion arrived at by the author, it is clear that anyone who joins in any of the debates to which he contributes without knowledge of what he has to say will to do so in ignorance of some of the most important factors involved. In short, this book provides a breath of much needed clarity which reveals just how confused almost everybody has been when discussing some of the most important issues of our time.
Fabulous Science: Fact and Fiction in the History &hellip by John Waller
This is a must-read for all interested in Science. At last the historians of Science are insisting on a more global and plausible perspective on how science actually comes to be made. The story is not always very edifying, but it is not the revealing of the shameful manoeuvres of a number of glory or power seeking individuals that make this book so important. Rather, it is the general message that, in too many cases, the process of looking backwards has resulted serious distortions, not least by the process of creating stars like Darwin, Mendel and Einstein, at the expense others who made crucial contributions to the ideas now associated with these great names. Nor was it only predecessors,… Read more
In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Scienc&hellip by Eric R Kandel
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An inspiring book, by one of the great pioneers in the subject of how neurons learn. Apart from giving us an easy to comprehend, authoritative and extremely interesting account of experiments relating to this subject, Kandel tells us a great deal about his fascinating and moving life story, and how this was responsible for the orientation of his experiments. In this way, the book gives us insights into the human face of science and, in doing so, provides a context to the scientific findings described, which makes them easier understand and evaluate. In particular, it helps to know that, when the author was making detailed investigations of a single neuron of a sea slug, what he was really… Read more