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THE Books of the week

Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure, by Cédric Villani Subscription

26 February 2015

The lows and highs of a ‘rock star’ scholar cracking an impossible problem enthral Noel-Ann Bradshaw

To Explain The World: The Discovery of Modern Science, by Steven Weinberg Subscription

19 February 2015

A history of the steps humans took to explain how and why things work delights Cait MacPhee

Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism, by Bartow J. Elmore Subscription

12 February 2015

Isabelle Szmigin on the not-so secret formula underpinning a highly profitable global model

Sea of Storms: A History of Hurricanes in the Greater Caribbean from Columbus to Katrina, by Stuart B. Schwartz Subscription

5 February 2015

Call it a ‘hypercane’ or a ‘weather bomb’, we’re as much at its mercy as ever, writes Philip Hoare

A Scientist in Wonderland: A Memoir of Searching for Truth and Finding Trouble, by Edzard Ernst Subscription

29 January 2015

Helen Bynum admires a physician’s quest to distinguish alternative medicine from quackery

Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism, by Judy Wajcman Subscription

22 January 2015

It’s not machines but rather man that makes us dread the clock’s tick, Stina Lyon discovers

The Match Girl and the Heiress, by Seth Koven Subscription

15 January 2015

A cross-class relationship burns bright in a study of an experiment in ethical living, says Nadia Valman

Cunegonde’s Kidnapping: A Story of Religious Conflict in the Age of Enlightenment, by Benjamin J. Kaplan Subscription

8 January 2015

A tale of the priest, the boy, his aunt and her arrest in 1762 is first-rate micro-history, says Alec Ryrie

Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness, by Nathaniel Tkacz Subscription

1 January 2015

Paul Bernal admires an analysis of the sanctified ‘neutrality’ of the encyclopedia we all love to hate

Nye: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan, by Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds Subscription

11 December 2014

Roger Morgan lauds a biography charting Labour statesman’s rise from a colliery to the Cabinet

The Secret History of Wonder Woman, by Jill Lepore Subscription

4 December 2014

Giulia Miller writes on the weird backstory to a female superhero, from women’s suffrage to lie detectors

Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization, by Elena Conis Subscription

27 November 2014

The history of vaccinations in the US has as much to do with politics as medicine, says Helen Bynum

Email from Ngeti: An Ethnography of Sorcery, Redemption, and Friendship in Global Africa, by James H. Smith and Ngeti Mwadime Subscription

20 November 2014

One-way secrets in a gripping exchange between a Kenyan and an Africanist trouble Joanna Lewis

Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us, by John Hills Subscription

13 November 2014

Most people receive from the welfare state what they pay in taxes, argues Danny Dorling

The Last Beach, by Orrin H. Pilkey and J. Andrew G. Cooper Subscription

6 November 2014

Philip Hoare admires a terrifying portrait of our impact on the sands that protect us from danger

A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, by Allyson Hobbs Subscription

30 October 2014

Those who masqueraded as white scarred more than just themselves, finds Catherine Clinton

Plato at the Googleplex, by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein Subscription

23 October 2014

K. E. Gover assesses the case for the continuing relevance of Platonic thinking to modern life

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