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Book Lists

In an effort to share some darn good books we've compiled a Quirks Reading List. You'll find books that we've reviewed on the show, books written by our guests, books suggested by our listeners and books we just love! Whether you're looking for the biology of a dung beetle, the evolution of T. rex or the history of an invention, you'll find it here. And if there's a book we've missed that you'd love to share, e-mail us!



Biology
  • Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin appears on our Feb 23, 2008 episode.

  • Baboon Metaphysics by Dorothy Cheney appears on our Dec 22, 2007 episode.

  • Riddled With Life by Marlene Zuk appears on our May 26, 2007 episode.

  • Silence of the Songbirds by Dr. Bridget Stutchbury appears on our April 14, 2007 episode. (Published by HarperCollins, 2007).

  • The Chickens Fight Back: Pandemic Panics and Deadly Diseases that Jump from Animals to Humans by David Waltner-Toews appears on our April 7, 2007 episode. (Published by Greystone Books, 2007).

  • The Elephant's Secret Sense by Caitlin O'Connell appears on our March 17, 2007 episode. (Published by Simon & Schuster, 2007).

  • A Natural History of Families by Scott Forbes appears on our May 13, 2006 episode. (Published by Princeton University Press, 2006).

  • Waiting for the Macaws by Terry Glavin appears on our April 8, 2006 episode. (Published by Penguin Canada, 2006).

  • Headless Males Make Great Lovers and Other Unusual Natural Histories, by Dr. Marty Crump. Published by The University of Chicago Press, 2006. February 18, 2006.

  • Theatre of the Mind: Raising the Curtain on Consiousness, by Jay Ingram. Published by Harper Collins, 2005. November 12, 2005.

  • The Drug Trial, by Dr. Miriam Shuchman. Published by Random House, 2005. May 28, 2005.

  • Teen Brain, Teen Mind: What Parents Need to Know to Survive the Adolescent Years, by Dr. Ron Clavier. Published by Key Porter Books, 2005. March 19, 2005.

  • Mind Hacks: Tips and Tools for Using Your Brain, by Tom Stafford and Matt Webb. Published by O'Reilly, 2004. March 5, 2005.

  • 13 Dreams Freud Never Had: The New Mind Science, by Dr. Alan Hobson. Published by Pi Press, 2004. December 4, 2004.

  • How Dogs Think: Understanding the Canine Mind, by Stanley Coren. Published by Free Press, 2004. October 16, 2004.

  • Eating Apes, by Dale Peterson. Published by University of California Press September 27, 2003.

  • The Path To The Double Helix, by Robert Olby. Published by Dover Publications April 19, 2003.

  • Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation, Olivia Judson: Metropolitan Books. Hardcover 2002. January 18 2003.

  • The Botony of Desire: A Plant's Eye View Of The World, Michael Pollan Publisher: Random House New York, 2001. Paperback 2002. Decemebr 14 2002

  • The Blank Slate, The Modern Denial of Human Nature, Dr. Steven Pinker. Published by Viking/Penguin Books. November 9 2002

  • Travels in the Genetically Modified Zone, Dr. Mark L. Winston. Published by Harvard University Press . September 21 2002

  • The Breast Cancer Wars, Barron Lerner. Published by Oxford University Press. June 8 2002

  • Lords of the Harvest: Biotech, Big Money, and the Future of Food, Dan Charles. Published by Perseus Books. February 16, 2002

  • The Secret Life of Germs, Philip M. Tierno Jr. Published by Pocket Books. January 26, 2002

  • Lichens of North America, Irwin Brodo. Published by Yale University Press. December 15, 2001


  • In the Kingdom of Gorillas, Amy Vedder & Bill Weber. Published by Simon & Schuster. December 8, 2001

  • Iceman, by Dr. Brenda Fowler. Published by The University of Chicago Press. October 6, 2001

  • A Primate's memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons, by Dr. Robert Sapolsky. Published by Scribner and distributed in Canada by Distican. March 24, 2001

  • The Quest for Immortality, by Jay Olshansky & Bruce Carnes. Dr. Olshansky took part in Q&Q on February 24, 2001. The item was called, The Limits to a Longer Life.

  • Cracking the Genome, by Kevin Davies aired February 17, 2001

  • Shots in the Dark: The wayward search for an AIDS vaccine, by Jon Cohen - Mr. Cohen took part in our lead item on February 3, 2001

  • Genome: the autobiography of a species in 23 Chapters, by Matt Ridley. Mr. Ridley came to talk to Q&Q about his book, and about the controversy surrounding the mapping of the human genome on March 25, 2000.

  • Is Menstruation Obsolete?, written by Elsimar M. Coutinho, with Sheldon J. Segal, and published by Oxford University Press raised many eyebrows with its suggestions about female biology. Freelance medical journalist and former nurse, Alicia Priest, took a look at the book and the controversy for Q&Q. Her feature aired on June 24, 2000.

  • The Scientist in the Crib by Dr. Alison Gopnik and published by William Morrow, examines how children learn during the first three years of their lives. We spoke with Dr. Gopnik on January 15, 2000.

  • Time, Love, Memory- A great biologist and his quest for the origins of behaviour by Jonathan Weiner, published by Knopf.
    This story chronicles the life of maverick scientist Seymour Benzer and his revolutionary work with fruit flies- discovering the connections between genes and behaviour.

  • Biohazard- the chilling true story of the largest covert biological weapons program in the world- told from inside by the man who ran it by Ken Alibek with Stephen Handelman. Published by Random House.
    A first person account of a secret Russian biological weapons project during the Cold War.

  • Woman- An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier. Published by Houghton Mifflin Co.
    Natalie Angier takes a very emotional, personal approach to writing in order to dispel the myths, and explore the mysteries, of what it is to be a woman. She covers everything from biology to health and relationships.

  • In Cold Pursuit- Medical Intelligence Investigates the Common Cold by J. Barnard Gilmore, PhD. Published by Stoddart Publishing.
    The common cold may actually be a good thing. Gilmore investigates the history and the biology of the common cold- making some interesting discoveries along the way.

  • Unnatural Harvest- How corporate science is secretly altering our food by Ingeborg Boyens. Published by Bantam Books.
    Boyens seeks to challenge the "good news stories" that surround the biotech industry. She claims the risks biotechnology incurs may outweigh the benefits.

  • Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the mysteries of the human mind by V.S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee. Published by William Morrow and Co.
    Attempting to discover the deepest, darkest secrets of the human mind- explored by dealing with patients with bizarre neurological disorders.

  • The Meme Machine by Susan Blackmore. Published by Oxford University Press.
    Unique among animals, humans are capable of imitation. We can copy ideas, skills, behaviours, inventions, songs and stories. These are all memes. Like genes, memes are replicators competing to get into as many brains as possible. Blackmore explores this theory and tries to answer fundamental questions about the nature of being human.

  • The Bat: Wings in the Night Sky, by M. Brock Fenton, published by Key Porter Books.
    A well-illustrated introduction to several species of bats, written in a style that's easy for new biology buffs or children. Dr Fenton spoke about bats on our Hallowe'en show. We mentioned other books on that show too.

  • And The Waters Turned to Blood by Rodney Barker. Published by Simon & Schuster.
    A look at red tides, caused by algal blooms. We mentioned this on the show we did investigating Pfiesteria piscidia.

  • Deadly Feasts: Tracking the Secrets of a Terrifying New Plague, by Richard Rhodes. Published by Simon and Schuster.
    The spell-binding story of a bovine brain disease, Mad Cow Disease.

  • The Beauty Of The Beastly by Natalie Angier, Published by Houghton Mifflin.
    Natural history of some "ugly" creatures, like the dung beatle and the spider.

  • Sex on the Brain: The biological Differences between Men and Women, by Deborah Blum. Published by Penguin
    An attempt to explain the biology behind the difference between the sexes, including differences in brain structure.

  • Living with Our Genes: Why They Matter More Than You Think, by Dean Hamer and Peter Copeland. Published by Doubleday Canada.
    Genetics is the science of sorting out the rules of family ressemblances but can this be extended to complex human personalities?

  • How the Mind Works by Stephen Pinker
    A look at the brain as a tool: how we think about things, remember phone numbers, and why we act the way we do.

  • The Universe Below: Discovering the Secrets of the Deep Sea by William J. Broad. Published by Simon and Schuster.

  • Empire of the Ants, by Bernard Werber. Published by Bantam Books.
    A part natural history, part mystery novel and part fantasy story. Much of it is based on real ant science, but the insect heroes are portrayed with human like characteristics.

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Biographies

  • Rocketeers by Michael Belfiore January 12, 2008.

  • Measuring Mother Earth: How Joe the Kid became Tyrrell of the North. by Heather Robertson. December 15, 2007.

  • Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code by Matt Ridley. Published by HarperCollins, 2006. November 11, 2006.

  • King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, the Man Who Saved Geometry by Siobhan Roberts. Published by Anansi Press, 2006. November 4, 2006.

  • Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley by Joel Shurkin. Published by Macmillan, 2006. June 24, 2006.

  • First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong by Dr. James R. Hansen. Published by Simon and Schuster, 2005. December 17, 2005.

  • The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World by Jenny Uglow . Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002. December 20, 2003.

  • Newton: The Making of Genius by Dr. Patricia Fara. Published by Columbia University Press, 2002. March 8, 2003.

  • Rosalind Franklin - The Dark Lady Of DNA by Brenda Maddox. Published by Harper Collins. April 19, 2003.

  • Watson and DNA by Victor K. McElheny. Published by Perseus Publishing. April 19, 2003.

  • Possessing Genius: The Bizarre Odyssey of Einstein's Brain by Carolyn Abraham. Published by Viking and distributed by Penguin Books. December 15, 2001.

  • Uncle Tungsten - Memories of a Chemical Boyhood by Oliver Sacks Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2001. Paperback 2002 . December 14, 2002.

  • The Coldest March: Scott's Fatal Antarctic Expedition by Susan Solomon. Published by Yale University Press. December 15, 2001.

  • Carl Sagan: A life by Keay Davidson. Published by John Wiley and Sons.
    A biography looking at the man behind the icon, Davidson tries to take the reader beyond Carl Sagan as a scientist to see what motivated him to become the world's foremost exo-biologist. Reviewed on the book show December 18, 1999.

  • To see with a better eye, the life of Linneac, by Dr Jackie Duffin, published by Princeton University Press.
    Written by our medical history columnist, the book discusses the origin and the intricacies of the stethoscope. This book was mentioned on our September 12, 1998 program.

  • Albert Einstein: A Biography by Albrecht Folsing. Published by Penguin.
    Just over 800 pages, a portrait of Einstein the man, not just the scientist by a German science journalist and author.

  • Huxley: From Devil's Disciple to Evolution's High Priest a biography of T.H. Huxley, a Darwinian revolutionary by Adrian Desmond. Published in Canada by Addison Wesley.
    A look at the outspoken "bulldog" who helped spread the word of Darwin's theories while changing science into a real profession.

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Cosmology and Physics
  • Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku. March 22, 2008.

  • Postcards from Mars by Dr. Jim Bell. Published by Dutton Press, 2006. December 16, 2006.

  • Too Far From Home by Chris Jones. Published by Anansi Press, 2007. May 5, 2007.

  • The Trouble With Physics by Dr. Lee Smolin. Published by Houghton Mifflin Books, 2006. September 23, 2006.

  • The Quantum Zoo: A Tourist's Guide to the Neverending Universe by Marcus Chown. Published by The National Academies Press, 2006. June 17, 2006.

  • Programming the Universe by Dr. Seth Lloyd. Published by Random House, 2006. April 22, 2006.

  • Warped Passages by Dr. Lisa Randall. Published by Harper Collins, 2005. November 5, 2005.

  • Touch the Sun by Noreen Grice. Published by National Academies Press, 2005. February 5, 2005.

  • Big Bang by Dr. Simon Singh. Published by Harper Collins, 2004. January 29, 2005.

  • A Traveler's guide to Mars: The Mysterious Landscapes of the Red Planet by Dr. William K. Hartmann. Published by Workman Publishing, 2003. February 07, 2004.

  • Where is Everybody? Fifty Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life by Dr. Stephen Webb. Published by Springer-Verlag New York, Incorporated, 2003. December 20, 2003.

  • The Extravagant Universe by Dr. Robert P. Kirshner. Published by Princeton University Press. June 28, 2003.

  • Entanglement by Dr. Amir Aczel. Published by Rain Coast Books. December 14, 2002.

  • Universe On A T-Shirt by Dan Falk, published by Penguin. October 26, 2002.

  • A New Kind Of Science by Stephen Wolfram, published by Stephen Wolfram. September 28, 2002.

  • The Riddle of the Compass by Amir Aczel, published by Harcourt Books. November 24, 2001.

  • Off the Planet by Jerry Linenger and Dragonfly by Bryan Burrough. Both authors took part in our February 10, 2001 item, The Miracle of Mir.

  • The Elegant Universe by Dr. Brian Greene, published by W.W. Norton.
    Dr. Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University in New York, and he spent ten years working on the unified theory of superstrings, presented in this book. We spoke with Dr. Greene on November 4, 2000.

  • The Sun in the Church by Dr. John Heilbron, published by Harvard University Press.
    The Sun in the Church claims the Roman Catholic Church gave more financial and social support to the study of astronomy - than all other institutions of the time. The author also claims the great cathedrals of Europe were actually some of the world�s most sophisticated solar observatories. We spoke with Dr. Heilbron on April 22, 2000.

  • Rare Earth, written by two American scientists, paleontolgist Peter Ward and astronomer Donald Brownlee, and published by Copernicus, challenges the notion that there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. We spoke with Ward and Brownlee on Q&Q on March 11, 2000.

  • The Code Book by Simon Singh. Published by Doubleday.
    As long as people have had secrets there have been people trying to uncover them. Which has lead to more and more complex ways of hiding messages. Today we call this cryptography. Singh's book, looks at the history of the science, from early work to modern computers. There's an interview with the author on the December 18, 1999 Book Show.

  • Faster by James Gleick. Published by Pantheon Books.
    Gleick takes a look at the hurried lifestyle of the modern world, and how our lives are affected by time constraints. Reviewed by our book panel on December 18, 1999.

  • Visions of Technology edited by Richard Rhodes. Published by Simon and Schuster.
    Do computers and the internet provide us with too much information? How do we make sense of all this knowledge, and make it relevant to our daily lives?

  • The Arctic Sky: Inuit Astronomy, Star Lore and Legend, by John MacDonald, published by Royal Ontario Museum/Nunavut Reseach Institute, 1998.
    This book was featured in a January 1999 series on constellations as seen in the arctic sky. For the first interview, check out January 9, 1999. The book includes photographs, maps and drawings and sections on the atmosphere, navigation and legend. There are even songs and stories written in Inuktitut.

  • Immortal books from the Quirks on the Verge of the Millenium show, Jan. 2, 1999

    • Surviving Death by J. Robert Adams, published by Sterling House, 1998.

    • Dying to Live: Science and the Near-Death Experience, by Susan Blackmore, published by Grafton, 1993.

    • In Search of the Light: The Adventures of a Parapsychologist, by Susan Blackmore, published by Prometheus Books, 1996.
      Blackmore reviews some of her other works and takes the reader on a journey through belief and skepticism.

    • The Psychic Mafia, by M. Lamar Keene, published by Prometheus Books, 1997.
      A former medium tells the secrets of his fraudulent life.

  • Time, a Traveller's Guide by Clifford Pickover, published by Oxford University Press, 1998.
    Peter Blunden, a professor of physics in the department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba reviewed this in December, 1998.

  • The Case For Mars by Robert Zubrin, published by Simon & Schuster New York.
    A book on Zubrin's views of why humans should be going to Mars. Bob interviewed Dr. Zubrin on September 19, 1998. Similar material may also be found on The Mars Society Website

  • The Universe in a Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty by K.C. Cole, published by Harcourt Brace.
    Rita Aggarwala from the department of Mathematics at the University of Calgary reviewed this for us in August 1998.

  • Before the Beginning: Our Universe and Others by Martin Rees. Forward by Stephen Hawking. Published by Addison-Wesley.
    A romp through virtually all the theories and concepts underlying our understanding of the universe.

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Ecology
  • The Great Warming by Brian Fagan appears on our March 1, 2008 episode.

  • The Last Wild Wolves: Ghosts of the Great Bear Rainforest by Ian McAllister appears on our December 15, 2007 episode.

  • The Unnatural History of the Sea by Callum Roberts appears on our Oct. 20, 2007 episode.

  • Hot Air by Mark Jaccard appears on our Sept. 29, 2007 episode.

  • The World Without Us by Alan Weisman appears on our Sept. 8, 2007 episode.

  • Storm World by Chris Mooney appears on our June 23, 2007 episode.

  • The Weather Makers: How We Are Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth by Dr. Tim Flannery appears on our March 25, 2006 episode.

  • Sustainable Fossil Fuels: The Unusual Suspect in the Quest for Clean and Enduring Energy by Dr. Mark Jaccard appears on our March 4, 2006 episode. (Published by Cambridge University Press, 2005).

  • Tree: A Life Story by David Suzuki and Wayne Grady appears on our December 4, 2004 episode. (Published by Douglas & McIntyre).

  • Boiling Point: Who�s to Blame for Global Warming? by Ross Gelbspan appears on our October 23, 2004 episode. (Published by The Perseus Book Group).

  • Power to the People, How the Coming Energy Revolution Will Transform an Industry, Change our Lives and Maybe Even Save the Planet by Vijay Vaitheeswaran appears on our March 13, 2004 episode. (Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

  • Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil by Dr. David Goodstein appears on our March 13, 2004 episode. (Published by W.W. Norton & Company).

  • When Smoke Ran Like Water by Dr. Devra Davis appears on our November 23, 2002 episode. (Published by Basic Books).

  • Good News for a Change by David Suzuki appears on our April 06, 2002 episode. (Published by Stoddart Publishing).

  • The Future Of Life by E.O. Wilson appears on our March 16, 2002 episode. (Published by Knopf Canada).

  • The Skeptical Environmentalist by Dr. Bjorn Lomborg. Dr. Lomborg appears on ourSeptember 29, 2001 episode (Published by Cambridge University Press)

  • The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History by Dr. Brian Fagan Dr. Fagan came to Q&Q to talk about the book on January 27, 2001 (Published by Basic Books)

  • Mystery of Mysteries: Is Evolution a Social Construction? by Michael Ruse. Published by Harvard University Press.
    Are scientists objective or subjective investigators? Michael Ruse analyses the arguments of Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn to answer this age-old question.

  • The Sixth Extinction: Patterns Of Life and the Future of Mankind by Richard Leaky amd Roger Lewin, Published by Doubleday
    Peer at the deepest mysteries of life on earth, a mix of philosophy and science. It's written in the first person, in four parts mostly focusing on humankind's place on earth.

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Evolution
  • What Bugged the Dinosaurs? by George Poinar, April 12, 2008 show.

  • Evolution For Everyone by David Sloan Wilson, June 23, 2007 show.

  • Out of Thin Air by Dr. Peter Ward, 2006, published by Joseph Henry Press December 16, 2006 show.

  • Our Inner Ape by Frans de Waal, 2005 December 17, 2005 show.

  • The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life by Richard Dawkins, Published by McArthur & Company, 2004 December 4, 2004 show.

  • The Urban Cliff Revolution: New Findings on the Origins and Evolution of Human Habitats by Dr. Doug Larson et al., Published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2004 September 25, 2004 show.

  • Upright: The Evolutionary Key to Becoming Human by Dr. Craig Stanford, Published by Houghton Mifflin, 2003 February 28, 2004 show.

  • Life's Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe by Dr. Simon Conway Morris, Published by Cambridge University Press, 2003 December 20, 2003 show.

  • Nature Via Nurture by Matt Ridley, Publisher: Harper Collins, 2003 May 10, 2003 show.

  • The Journey of Man: Our Genetic Odyssey by Spencer Wells, Publisher: University Press, 2003 May 03, 2003 show.

  • Parasite Rex. by Carl Zimmer Publisher: Simon and Schuster, 2000. Touchstone Paperback 2001. December 16, 2000 show.

  • Mapping Human History. by Steve Olson Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, 2002. Available in paperback by May 2003.December 14, 2002 show.

  • The Substance of Civilization: Materials and Human History from the Stone Age to the Age of Silicon. by Stephen L. Sass Publisher: Arcade Publishing, New York, 1998. Paperback 1999.

  • The Structure of Evolutionary Theory by Stephen Jay Gould. Published by Harvard University Press .
    A look at and discussion about the history and origins of the three core commitments of classical Darwinism.

  • Into the Dinosaur's Graveyard by David Spalding. Published by Doubleday Canada.

  • Melanism: Evolution in Action, by Michael Majerus and published by the Oxford University Press.
    Janet Russell, a biologist living in Tors Cove, Newfoundland, reviewed this book on Jan. 16, 1999.

  • The Farfarers, by Farely Mowat Published by Key Porter Books.
    A theory on a people, the Albans, who came to the North American North before the Norse. Quirks interviewed Mowat on this on November 14, 1998, with an alternative point of view from Dr. Bob McGhee of the Canadian Museum of Civilisation.

  • T. Rex and the Crater of Doom, by Walter Alvarez. Published by Princton University Press.

  • Taking Wing: Archaeopteryx and the Evolution of Bird Fight, by Pat Shipman, an anthropologist from Pennsylvania State University. Published by Simon and Schuster

  • Darwin's Athletes - How Sport has Damaged Black Americans and Preserved the Myth of Race, by John Hoberman. Published by By Houghton Mifflin. It is distributed in Canada by ITP Nelson.

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Fun Books
  • The Science of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Michael Hanlon. Featured on our May 7, 2005 show.

  • The Science of Harry Potter: How Magic Really Works, by Dr. Roger Highfield. Featured on our December 14, 2002 show.

  • The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook, by David George Gordon. Published by Ten Speed Press, California.
    33 ways to cook grasshoppers, ants, water bugs, spiders, centipedes and thier kin. Yuck! Quirks interviewed David George Gordon on our 1998 Book Show.

  • The Best of The Annals of Improbable Research, edited by Marc Abrahms. Published by W.H. Freeman & Company (Distributed in Canada by General Publishing).
    Science satire. 75 weird examples of improbable research. If you want a sample without buying the book, check out HotAIR: Highlights of the Annals of Improbable Research.

  • Under The Ice, by Dr. Kathy Conlan. Publisher: Kids Can Press. Featured on our December 14, 2002 show.

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More Books
  • Shock Therapy by Edward Shorter. March 8, 2008.

  • Mistakes Were Made (but not by me) by Carol Tavris. January 19, 2008.

  • Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes. November 17, 2007.

  • Where's My Jetpack? by Daniel Wilson. June 23, 2007.

  • A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Dr. Janna Levin, published by Knopf Canada, 2006. December 16, 2006.

  • This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Dr. Daniel Levitin, published by Dutton Adult, 2006. December 9, 2006.

  • Struck by Lightening: The Curious World of Probabilities by Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal, published by Harper Collins Canada, 2005. December 17, 2005.

  • Cold Dark Matter by Alex Brett, published by Dundurn Press, 2005. May 21, 2005.

  • Electric Universe: The Shocking True Story of Electricity by David Bodanis, published by The Crown Publishing Group, 2005. April 23, 2005.

  • The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less by Dr. Barry Schwartz, published by HarperCollins, 2003. May 1, 2004.

  • The Essential Difference by Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen, published by Basic Books. November 15, 2003.

  • The Politics of Excellence: Behind the Nobel Prize in Science by Robert Marc Friedman, published by W. H. Freeman & Company. October 11, 2003.

  • Lost World by Tom Koppel published by Atria Books. September 20, 2003.

  • Krakatoa by Simon Winchester published by Harper Collins. June 28, 2003.

  • Lost Discoveries - The Ancient Roots of Modern Science by Dick Teresi Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2002 . April 26, 2002.

  • Science, Money, and Politics: Political Triumph and Ethical Erosion by Daniel S. Greenberg Publisher: University of Chicago Press, 2001. December 14, 2002.

  • Unweaving the Rainbow:Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder by Richard Dawkins. Published by Houghton Mifflin Co.

  • What Remains to be Discovered: Mapping the Secrets of the Universe, the Origins of Life and the Future of the Human Race, by John Maddox and published by the Free Press.

  • A Brief History of Science edited by John Gribbin and published by Key Porter Books, 1998.

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