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Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts
Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts
by Emily Anthes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.80
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent mix of wow and what if, May 25, 2015
From genetically engineered glowing fish to robo-roaches, to tracking wild animals with high-tech implants, this fascinating, well-written exploration into the present and future of biotechnology has lots of gee-whiz tales. But it also includes a thoughtful, accessible, sensible discussion of the ethics of such manipulation.


Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong
Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong
by Jessica Bacal
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.11
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable insights for men as well as women, December 4, 2014
As a retired male, I found this book full of useful lessons I learned during my own career, as well as many I wish I’d learned. Thus, many of the insights this book offers will be invaluable for men as well as women. What’s more, men will find this book extraordinarily useful in helping them better mentor women in the workplace and support their spouses and significant others in their careers.


Do Fathers Matter?: What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked
Do Fathers Matter?: What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked
by Paul Raeburn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.54
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An empowering book for fathers, and enlightening for everybody else!, June 4, 2014
This fascinating, clearly written book contains a wealth of information about fathers’ importance to their children—both psychological and biological. Conversely, it explores how children affect their fathers—again both psychologically and biologically. The book should be a must-read for fathers, mothers, family psychologists, and any other professionals who deal with family issues. It should also be a standard text in any course about the family. The author answers the book’s title question “Do Fathers Matter?” with a resounding yes! And he offers the eye-opening evidence to back that answer up. This evidence comes from not only studies involving humans, but those on fathering in monkeys, birds, mice, rats, and voles. When I was reading the book, I marked with sticky notes the information I found most interesting and surprising. I ran out of sticky notes and ended up with a book festooned with them!
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What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs
What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs
by Cat Warren
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.85
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful adventure story!, February 4, 2014
This is one of those marvelous books that takes the reader to a fascinating place the reader didn't even know he/she wanted to go! With an eloquent, accessible writing style, the author leads the reader into the world of, not just cadaver dogs, but their owners, as well. In telling the story of the intelligent, headstrong dog Solo and how the author's personality affected his training, Cat Warren reveals great insights into dog behavior, human behavior, and the challenges of teaching a dog to independently strategize a hunt for a cadaver. The book holds many surprises, even for readers who thought they knew dogs. For example, there's the extraordinary fact that cadaver dogs can find their quarry even when the cadaver is submerged. And the human stories are just as telling as the canine ones. For example, there's the hazard of becoming a "zombie trainer." Want to know what that is? Well, you'll just have to read the book!


Publish Like the Pros: A Brief Guide to Quality Self-Publishing and an Insider's Look at a Misunderstood Industry
Publish Like the Pros: A Brief Guide to Quality Self-Publishing and an Insider's Look at a Misunderstood Industry
by Michele DeFilippo
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.95
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A concise guide to professional self-publishing, July 19, 2013
So many self-publishers fall victim to charlatans and rip-offs and end up spending their money on a second-rate product that severely compromises their reputation and publishing career. This savvy, concise guide charts a course to a truly quality professional book that will do authors proud. If you've spent the enormous time and effort to produce a manuscript, take this author's advice and do your work justice by publishing it with quality editing, layout, and production.
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The Science Writers' Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age
The Science Writers' Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age
by Thomas Hayden
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.39
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, savvy guidebook, June 21, 2013
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While this excellent guide is titled The Science Writers' Handbook, it will be be helpful to any freelancer. It will be a great addition to any journalism curriculum. More broadly it will benefit scientists contemplating writing for popular media, and in fact any scientists wanting to understand the freelance journalists interviewing them for stories. The book uniquely goes beyond covering the techniques of freelance science writing, which it explains extremely well. It also offers invaluable advice about the business, personal and ethical complexities of the career, told by a cadre of savvy freelancers. Among the many things I liked about the book was the authors' willingness not only to tell of their triumphs, but also their failures and what they learned from them.


The Blue Diamond: Jeweler's Gemstone Mystery Series #1 (Jeweler's Gemstone Mysteries)
The Blue Diamond: Jeweler's Gemstone Mystery Series #1 (Jeweler's Gemstone Mysteries)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tasty mystery stew!, October 13, 2012
Mix together an intrepid geologist/psychologist heroine, her eccentric jewelry-crazy family, a hilarious poodle named Rorschach, a near-fatal attack on a beloved grandfather and. . . oh yes . . . a perfect million-dollar blue diamond of unknown origin, and you've got a delicious stew of a mystery! Please, please Ms Franklin, keep on cooking!


Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter
Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter
by Nancy Baron
Edition: Paperback
Price: $26.16
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A savvy guidebook for all scientists, October 28, 2010
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This book does a great job of drawing scientists out of the laboratory and into the limelight, and giving them the practical advice and skills they need to be comfortable and effective in its glare. The author is particularly knowledgeable, since she is both an experienced journalist and a professional communications trainer. What's more, the book offers valuable tips from prominent science journalists and policy makers; and telling stories from scientists themselves about successful, and not-so-successful, communications efforts.

The book's guidance ranges from how to develop and communicate messages, to how to give effective interviews and interact with policy makers. And besides practical information, the book offers extremely useful insights into the culture of journalists and policy makers, giving scientists the understanding they need to communicate effectively across what is sometimes a considerable cultural gulf.

The book is both a savvy how-to book and a persuasive "why-to" book, explaining why scientists need to escape from their ivory tower. It warns for example that those researchers who elect not to engage with journalists and policy makers to communicate their knowledge of environmental issues "may be ceding the debate to those who know far less, or arrive with a self-serving agenda that shortchanges the best interests of society and the natural world."

Although the book is aimed primarily at environmental scientists, it is invaluable for any researcher seeking to reach a wider audience. In fact, given that every scientist will find it necessary to communicate his/her work more broadly at some point, this excellent book should be on every scientist's bookshelf.


Higher Education?: How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids---and What We Can Do About It
Higher Education?: How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids---and What We Can Do About It
by Andrew Hacker
Edition: Hardcover
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable service to higher education, September 5, 2010
This is a landmark book. It is a clear-eyed critical look at a largely unregulated academic industry, in which education has been severely compromised by the transformation of universities into academic spas, with luxurious amenities, an overprivileged professoriate, and a bloated, revenue-sucking "athletics incubus." And these institutions are supported by ballooning tuitions that are suspiciously uniform from institution to institution and that are encouraged by Alice-in-Wonderland pricing in which raising fees increases enrollment. However, this meticulously researched book is more than a negative screed. It offers valuable guidance on getting an excellent education at a reasonable cost. The authors cite example after example of schools where rationality and quality education reign. This book is a must-read for parents, students, regulators, academics, and anyone else interested in strengthening the ability of universities to play their powerful role in the country's economic and intellectual future.


The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems
The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems
by Henry Petroski
Edition: Hardcover
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eloquent case for engineering, May 17, 2010
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In this highly engrossing book, Petroski eloquently challenges a fundamental and profound bias in our society--the relegation of engineers and engineering to second-class status among professions. He traces to roots of the perceived primacy of science over engineering to the Western Platonic bias that "ideas are superior and prerequisite to things" and to the simplistic linear model of research-before-development promulgated by science administrator Vannevar Bush in the 1940s. Petroski uses examples such as the steam engine, powered flight and rocketry, to demonstrate that engineering often leads science, and also that science is a tool of engineering. He also compellingly describes the optimistic, challenging, rewarding nature of engineering, showing its satisfying creativity. And to demonstrate the richness of engineering, he takes the reader through a tour of technologies as seen through the eyes of an engineer, including speed bumps and humps, dams, climate change, "geoengineering" of the earth to combat climate change, renewable energy, nanotechnology, robotics, structural earthquake engineering, hurricane protection, airline accidents, the electric power grid, evolution of the automobile, and "financial engineering." This book is essential reading, not only for engineers and students, but for all of us who benefit from the vast wealth of technology that makes modern life possible.


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