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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Couple of New Offerings

New books about Albert Einstein, or his theories, seem to be never-ending... and... never dull. University of Chicago astrophysicist, Evalyn Gates, has a new volume out, "
Einstein's Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe," delving into the fascinating and barely imaginable topics of dark matter and dark energy that appear to make up most of the Universe despite are inability to sense them. This book should probably come with a disc of Twilight Zone theme music included.

And to bring you back to Earth, Meg Olmert's new volume "Made For Each Other: the Biology of the Human-Animal Bond," focuses on the neurochemical basis (largely oxytocin) underlying the connection we feel to our animal companions. She tries to afix a scientific cloak on a subject that is sometimes viewed as merely sentimental or anthropomorphic. A review here.

I haven't read either of the above books yet; just passing them along as interesting-looking selections.

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