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 […]Read more "REVIEWED: Leonardo Da Vinci"
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 […]Read more "REVIEWED: Bringing Columbia Home"
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. (Popular Science Book, 2017). As the title suggests, this rather slim volume (209 pages, not counting the index) provides a crisp and quickly paced overview of current space science knowledge. Tyson includes thumbnail background histories of how the relevant theories have evolved and have been verified […]Read more "REVIEWED: Astrophysics For People in a Hurry"
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 […]Read more "REVIEWED: Hidden Figures"
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 […]Read more "REVIEWED: Welcome to the Universe"