science/nature

Thumbs up for Data, A Love Story: How I Cracked the Online Dating Code to Meet My Match by Amy Webb. Science.

After watching Webb’s TED talk I was curious as to whether her book was a worthwhile expansion of the talk, or merely a padded version. I can say now that the book is well worth it, if you think humor, data hacking and love are a winning combination.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues by Martin J. Blaser. Science.

Oh look! Another book that makes intelligent decision-making even more difficult! You probably should not read this if you’re easily freaked out by the end of the world. I am somewhat immune (pun intended) to being freaked out by certain things, since I’ll never have children: I will not, for example, have to decide whether treating my six-month-year old with antibiotics for a painful ear infection is worth the risk of permanently throwing their microbiome out of whack, which may lead to a host of other difficulties down the road.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach. Science.

Mary Roach is one of the few authors – hmm, possibly one of two or three in the universe – whose books I want to read the moment they come out: yea, even unto ordering them new (gasp!). Her previous books have covered a variety of topics including cadavers, ghosts, sex, and space travel, all with informative and hilarious results.… >> Read more