Category: Authors and Books

Book Review: The French Mathematician

Tom Petsinis’ The French Mathematician (Walker & Co, 1998) is a biographical novel showing the fateful journey of the gifted, 19th-century French mathematics genius Evariste Galois in his voice. The young mathematics student narrates the events, and his circumstances, leading…

The Denial of Death

Once in a while you come across a book that has a complete worldview, or let me call it lifeview, of a subject that otherwise sounds unfathomable. Ernest Becker’s The Denial of Death (The Free Press, 1973) is one such…

Book Review: The Mind’s Sky

Raising interesting questions out of prevailing scientific research and in relevance to human history and culture isn’t a skill every science writer exhibits; but Tim Ferris surely does. His book The Mind’s Sky: Human Intelligence in a Cosmic Context (Bantam…

‘Pit Planet’ by David Dvorkin

by Leonore H. Dvorkin A science fiction novel by David Dvorkin, C 2010 In paperback and e-book formats from Amazon.com and multiple other online selling sites. Occasionally, James Benton is surprised at the role the mineral jacksonite has played in…