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We Are All Stardust: Scientists Who
reality. Manifested in the pathbreaking labors
of scientists from astronomer Tycho Brahe
(who began reworking the map of the heav-
ens upon the unexpected appearance of a nova
in 1572) to Isaac Newton
(who dissected the colors of
the rainbow in 1704), that
reality animates a radically
new mind-set, as bold think-
ers embark on intellectual
voyages of discovery as auda-
cious as Columbus’ journey
across oceans. Taking math-
ematics, not Aristotelian philosophy, as their
guide, these pioneers employ new instruments
of observation (including telescopes and mi-
croscopes) and a new lexicon of hypothesis,
experimentation, and empirical verification as
they replace popular misconceptions with pre-
cisely formulated natural laws. Though these
revolutionaries start by reinterpreting celestial
dynamics along Copernican lines, Wootton
credits them with a profound reordering of
terrestrial life as they uncover the principles
that enable engineers to construct the steam
engines of the Industrial Revolution. Break-
ing decisively with postmodern relativists,
Wootton hails science as a uniquely progres-
sive force, one opening a truly reliable access to
reality, not just one more socially constructed
perspective. A bracing rediscovery of the mar-
vel that is science. —Bryce Christensen
Shaped Our World Talk about Their
Work, Their Lives, and What They Still
Want to Know.
By Stefan Klein. Tr. by Ross Benjamin.
Nov. 2015. 288p. Experiment, paper, $14.95
(9781615190591); e-book (9781615191536). 500.
Physicist Klein (The Science of Happiness,
2006) conducted 19 interviews with scientists
around the world on a wide range of tradition-
al and unorthodox subjects. From popularly
recognized names such as primatologist Jane
Butterflies: A Complete Guide to Their
Biology and Behavior. 2nd ed.
By Dick Vane-Wright.
2015. 128p. illus. Cornell/Comstock, paper, $19.95
This book offers a detailed and comprehensive introduction to the order
Lepidoptera. The topics covered include
metamorphosis, mating, laying eggs,
eating, flying, communicating, evolving,
and more. The final chapter discusses
challenges butterflies face, including
climate change and pollution, and offers
suggestions on how readers can take
action. Eye-catching, annotated color
photographs appear on almost every page
and nicely complement explanations on
topics such as mimicry and wing pattern.
The book concludes with an appendix that
lists the various families and subfamilies
in addition to their common name, approximate number of species, and natural
geographical spread. Also included is an
index, a list of resources for further information, and a glossary. This informative
text will appeal to students in search of
research materials and lay readers alike.
Educators Resource Directory. 11th ed.
2015. 765p. Grey House, paper, $145
This compendium of all things education-
al is a gold mine of data for administrators,
students, grant writers, researchers, bud-
get preparers, and just about anyone who
needs a few statistics to spice up a Power-
Point. This single-volume reference brings
together names, contact information, dates,
research—information bits that seemingly
should be easy to track down but often
remain elusive. A quick glance at the table
of contents hints at the comprehensive
coverage: associations, conferences, con-
sultants, financial and government referrals,
professional development, publications,
overseas teaching opportunities, software,
hardware, the Internet, and testing re-
sources and supplies—and that’s just the
first section. Part 2 presents national and
state statistics (elementary and secondary,
postsecondary, international comparisons,
federal programs, libraries and technology,
outcomes); Canadian data; and a glossary.
Part 3 consists of three indexes: subject,
geographic, and entry/publisher.
Reference collections that support educators, students, and parents will want to
make this available to their patrons, either
in the print or online version. Now in its
eleventh edition, the Educators Resource
Directory remains the go-to reference for
current education-related queries.
The Encyclopedia of the Industrial
Revolution in World History.
Ed. by Kenneth E. Hendrickson.
3v. 2014. 1,172p. Rowman & Littlefield, $240
(9780810888876); e-book, $239.99 (9780810888883).
This 1,000-entry work provides a wide
understanding of the changes brought
about by invention, discovery, and manufacturing processes that have shaped the
past three centuries. A–Z entries cover
the people, events, documents, nations,
businesses, and institutions, which are
described clearly in signed entries. Birth
and death dates of key people are included.
Information is accurate and balanced, and
the work is especially strong on manufacturing in the past, the impact of technology
on warfare, and in its international focus.
The cutoff date for much information is
usually 2009, such as in U.S. and Japanese
populations. Recommended for academic
and large public libraries. —Arthur Meyers
Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources
from Artifacts to Cyberspace. 3rd ed.
By Elizabeth Shown Mills.
2015. 892p. Genealogical, $59.95 (9780806320175).
The third update to this style manual,
meant specifically for historical research
and family genealogy work, builds upon the
previous editions by adding new citation
models, updates to websites, and information on new materials. There are more than
1,000 citation models covering print, microfilm and microfiche, websites, digital books
and journals, DVDs, CDs, podcasts, and
more. There is a new “Quick Start Guide,”
as well as expanded and updated coverage
of genetic citations, and new discussions
of social-media sites. The glossary and bibliography have also been expanded. Libraries
owning a previous edition will want to
update; those where historical research—
particularly genealogy—is important will
want to acquire it as well. —Rebecca Vnuk
The Handy English Grammar Answer Book.
By Christine A. Hult.
2015. 432p. Visible Ink, paper, $21.95
Not to use a cliché, but this book is indeed
handy. If you want to know when to avoid
such clichés, how to stay on track with a
term paper, or write a proposal, you’ll find
an answer in this guide. Short, interesting
chapters cover topics like knowing when to
use -able or -ible, using punctuation properly,
and spelling plurals correctly. Not only does
this volume focus on language structure and
mechanics but also features chapters on academic, science, humanities, and business
writing. Written in a conversational style,
the book is well organized and easy to read.
This grammar guide distills a lot of technical
grammar rules into a digestible format directed toward a wide audience and those new
to the English language. —Jennifer Adams
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