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Welcome to the SB&F Editor's Blog. I am Maria Sosa, Editor-in-Chief of SB&F. Through this blog I hope to interact with the SB&F community and post news and information related to science books, videos, authors, opportunities and other topics of interest to our readers. I hope you find the blog useful and entertaining. Please, join the conversation by posting a comment on our Facebook page. I'd love to hear from you!

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  • Self Portrait with Turtles: A Memoir

    Here's a bonus book review from our archives in honor of World Turtle Day. Self-Portrait with Turtles: A Memoir , by David M. Carroll. (Illus.) Boston Houghton Mifflin 2004. xii+182pp. 2003047895. ISBN 0-618-16225-9. Louis Agassiz wrote, “Study nature, not books.” It is through the study and observation of living organisms that one gains the ability to truly see and appreciate the intricate details of our world. In an engaging memoir, David Carroll describes how his own studies of nature--in particular, turtles--honed his powers of observation. Indeed, he aptly illustrates the importance of developing search images when he states, “One has to find a turtle, before one can...      Read more...
  • What We Read Last Year

    As the editor of a review journal, reading is literally the heart of my job. It isn’t surprising, then, that I think of years in terms of books, For me, 2014 was the year that I discovered Parade’s End , Ford Madox Ford’s brilliant tetralogy, published between 1924 and 1928. I don’t know how I missed it all these years, but I’m glad I did because it came to me at a time when I needed to have my mind opened in just such a way. Similarly, Kip Thorn’s The Science of Interstellar , which I read shortly after seeing the movie, filled a craving left by the film to understand concepts that always seemed just outside of my grasp. (Do be mindful of the spoiler alerts...      Read more...