Category Archives: Science

Stiff by Mary Roach

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 304 pages, 2003 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: I kept seeing it mentioned on BookCrazy, so I finally scored myself a copy at a boxing day sale. Synopsis: When we die, what happens to us…physically? Roach explores the lives of cadavers, varying from medical uses to human crash test dummies to […]

An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 328 pages, 2006 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: I didn’t realize there was a book to go along with Gore’s movie of the same name until he was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Synopsis: Global warming: proof that it exists; proof that we’re seeing the damage now and not […]

Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities by Jeffrey S. Rosenthal

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 258 pages, 2005 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: I love seemingly strange coincidences, so why not find out how strange they really are? Synopsis: You’re playing poker and can’t decide whether to stay in or fold; or maybe you’re wondering how impressed you should really by be the latest medical report; […]

Acquainted with the Night by Christopher Dewdney

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 314 pages, 2004 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I noticed this one while browsing Amazon’s best-of lists for 2004. I am far too acquainted with the night myself, so of course I had to hear from a fellow night owl. Synopsis: Dewdney serves as the tour guide through a typical 12-hour […]

The Illustrated A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 248 pages, 1988 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I’ve got to admit I found the thought of reading a book by one of the world’s greatest physicists intimidating, but I figured if it became such a widespread bestseller it had to be (more or less) accessible. Synopsis: Renowned […]

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat by Oliver Sacks

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 233 pages, 1985 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I loved the title of this one when I saw it in the bookstore I worked at so I had to check it out. Synopsis: In this series of case studies of neurological patients, Sacks looks at people who have […]

E=mc2: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation by David Bodanis

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 337 pages (including 117 pages of notes, guide to further reading, etc), 2000 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: I was curious about what that magical equation actually means. Synopsis: Bodanis breaks down the famous E=mc2 equation in a very accessible way. Each component of the equation gets its […]

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 544 pages (including 65 pages of notes, bibliography and index), 2003 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: In a Sunburned Country, the first book of Bryson’s I read, was full of fun science-related facts, and I loved his sense of humour. I’ve always liked science, so long as it […]