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The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education

Wed, 09/01/2010 - 01:00 -- Hal Harris

In 2002, President George W. Bush signed the bill that made No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. It was a culmination of sorts of tides that had been growing for years, through both the Clinton and Bush administrations, toward sweeping reform in US schools.

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The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from The Periodic Table

Thu, 07/01/2010 - 01:00 -- Hal Harris

Sam Kean is not a chemist, and he seems to have had little help from a chemistry-literate editor in writing this collection of stories about most of the elements of the periodic table. To a certain extent, his chatty and colloquial style helps to bring chemistry to an audience that is science-phobic (the c-word does not appear in the title or subtitle, presumably for this reason).

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The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

Tue, 06/01/2010 - 01:00 -- Hal Harris

The central story of the Poisoner's Handbook is a war between poisoners and chemists working to detoxify poisoned beverages. The surprising thing is that the poisoners work for the US government and the detoxifiers for criminals. The setting is the years between 1920, when the 18th amendment started prohibition, and 1933, when the 21st repealed it.

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On Fact and Fraud: Cautionary Tales from the Front Lines of Science

Sat, 05/01/2010 - 01:00 -- Hal Harris

David Goodstein has enjoyed a long and productive career at the California Institute of Technology as a professor of physics and as Vice Provost. He brings to this small book on scientific ethics the perspective of an administrator of scientific research, a viewpoint that I have not seen expressed in any other place.

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Lithium Dreams: Can Bolivia Become the Saudi Arabia of the Electric Car Era?

Tue, 03/02/2010 - 01:00 -- Hal Harris

There was a time when it was possible to estimate the size of the total US thermonuclear arsenal by measuring the ratio of Li-6 to Li-7 in commercial sources and knowing the amount of the metal in the economy. (Li-6 had been removed to make hydrogen bombs.) Now the lightest metal is prominent in other kinds of energy schemes.

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Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style

Sat, 01/02/2010 - 01:00 -- Hal Harris

One of the most memorable lectures I have ever experienced was given by Nobelist Willard Libby. He spoke at University of California, Irvine in 1968 or 1969, but the essence of his talk about the atmosphere of Venus is still fresh in my mind because he told such an engaging, entertaining story.