REVIEWED: Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson (Biography, October 2017). One of the  most accomplished and successful of biographers, Walter Issacson shows a particular interest in the lives of world-changing innovators. His mammoth account of the life, works and times of the man who produced art the likes of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, not to mention his […]

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REVIEWED: Bringing Columbia Home

Bringing Columbia Home by Michael D. Leinbach & Jonathan H. Ward, with foreword by Robert Crippen and epilogue by Eileen Collins (Nonfiction, 2018). Some 15 years ago, the space shuttle Columbia’s damaged heatshield led to a disastrous and deadly breakup after reentering Earth’s atmosphere. All seven astronauts were killed and a grim debris field spread along a 250-mile […]

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REVIEWED: Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. (Science/Social History Book, 2016). I was interested in seeing the acclaimed new movie based on this book before reading this. Now? Even more so! This exceptionally fine look at a fascinating (and till now mostly unknown to the general public) story of how much a group of female African-American mathematicians […]

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REVIEWED: Welcome to the Universe

Welcome to the Universe: an astrophysical tour by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, J. Richard Gott & Michael A. Strauss. (Science Book, 2016). I figured I was due a refresher/update on the latest science regarding astrophysics. So when I saw this hefty book at my local library (and noted that the excellent Neil DeGrasse Tyson was one […]

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