From Spontaneous Generations, a special issue on visual representation and science. From OUP, could the scientific paradigm itself be alienating to women? Mary Somerville didn’t think so. The introduction to Newton and the Origin of Civilization by Jed Buchwald and Mordechai Feingold. Do we really need the s-word? The use of “significance” in reporting statistical results is fraught with problem — but they could be solved with a simple change in practice. While Survival of the Beautiful might not be the definitive book about art and science, it is certainly one of the most pleasant and inviting. Sreekumar Jayadevan reviews The Cognitive Science of Science: Explanation, Discovery, and Conceptual Change by Paul Thagard. Science, many argue, can answer the “how” questions but can’t tell us anything about the “why” — nonsense. Science and disenchantment: Alan Wall on Galileo’s Plank and the Shaman’s Pole. Biancamaria Fontana reviews Seduced by Logic: Emilie Du Chatelet, Mary Somerville and the Newtonian Revolution by Robyn Arianrhod. Half the facts you know are probably wrong: Ronald Bailey reviews The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date by Samuel Arbesman. Emily Elert on 11 gorgeous illustrations of science's biggest mysteries.

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