Podcast of the Week: “The Fix” – Radiolab


I started listening to podcasts regularly a decade or so ago. I have a running list of podcasts I regularly listen on the Panorama of the Mountains home page and I’ve written about them many times before.  At the time I started subscribing, I thought podcasts were the next big thing and I was just…

Book Review: What If? by Randall Munroe


Author: Randall Munroe Title:What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Publication Info: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014 Summary/Review: This book contains the sentence: “Aroldis Chapman could probably throw a golf ball about sixteen giraffes high.” That alone makes it worth reading. The creator of the webcomic xkcd, Randall Munroe uses math and science to investigate…

Movie Review: Galapagos: The Enchanted Voyage (1999)


Title: Galapagos: The Enchanted Voyage Release Date: 1999 Director: David Clark, Al Giddings Production Co: IMAX, Mandalay Media Arts, National Science Foundation Country: USA Language: English Genre: Documentary | Nature | IMAX Rating: *** 1/2 Another great IMAX film experience at the Boston Museum of Science.  The film immerses one in the lunar landscape of the Galapagos Islands with it’s…

Book Review: The Information by James Gleick


Author: James Gleick Title: The Information Publication Info: New York : Books on Tape, 2011 Summary/Review: The Information is a sweeping historical / scientific / technological account of information across time and disciplines.  From talking drums, language, DNA, telegraphs, and bytes to  Claude Shannon, Charles Babbage, Ada Byron, Samuel Morse, Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and John…

Book Review: A Tear at the Edge of Creation by Marcelo Gleiser


Author: Marcelo Gleiser Title: A Tear at the Edge of Creation Publication Info: New York, NY : Free Press, 2010. ISBN: 1439108323 Summary/Review: Gleiser’s work is an attempt to offer an alternate route to the scientific notions of Grand Unifying Theories and symmetry in nature with the idea that the truth may be found in an asymmetric universe.  Gleiser…

Photopost: Museum of Science


A few photos from a visit to Boston’s Museum of Science with my son this weekend. Escalator innards.      

Book Review: God After Darwin by John F. Haught


Author: John F. Haught Title: God After Darwin Publication Info: Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 2000. ISBN: 0813367239 Summary/Review: This is a complicated book which I didn’t thoroughly comprehend so I may not be able to justice to it in a review.  Nevertheless, it tackles an issue near and dear to me that is how to reconcile the theory of…

Book Review: The lost art of walking by Geoff Nicholson


Author: Geoff  Nicholson Title: The lost art of walking : the history, science, philosophy, and literature of pedestrianism Publication Info: New York : Riverhead Books, 2008 ISBN: 9781594489983 Summary/Review:   Geoff  Nicholson takes on the quotidian topic of walking, something just about everyone can do, although there who some who can who fail to exercise the ability regularly….

Book Review: Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us by Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman


Author: Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman Title: Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us Publication Info: HighBridge Company (2011) ISBN: 1611744881 Summary/Review: This Library Thing Early Reviewers audiobook ask what the following things have in common: listening to someone else’s cell phone conversation, Zinedine Zidane’s World Cup Final, Huntington’s chorea, Joba Chamberlain & midges, chili…