I have a prediction. There is a scientific hypothesis, formulated over 20 years ago, that we will one day look back on, when the evidence is in, and say “Of course that was right!
I recently finished the excellent book Math on Trial by Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez. In it, the authors collect examples where statistical errors have possibly altered the outcome of trials.
Loxton and Prothero's Abominable Science! Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids; the Tet Zoo review
I'm an unashamed fan of cryptozoology - this being (for the two of you that don't know) the field of study that revolves around those creatures thought to exist by some, but which remain unrecognised by mainstream science in general.
If you pay any attention to the world of zoological research (as you will do, given that you're reading a blog called Tetrapod Zoology), you'll know that the study of anatomy has very much come to the fore in recent years.
Time again to look at some recently published books relevant to the TetZooniverse - book on palaeoart, primates, bats, and crocodylians...
Following on from February's review of Matthew P. Martyniuk's Beasts of Antiquity: Stem-Birds in the Solnhofen Limestone, it's time once again to look at another recently published dinosaur-themed book.
Sure, younger kids may think the real point of Hallowe’en in the candy or the costumes. But they’re likely to notice some of the scarier motifs that pop up in the decorations, and this presents as unexpected opportunity for some learning.
Speculative Zoology has become a big draw here at Tet Zoo and I’ve now had reason to write about the subject on quite a few occasions (see links below). Today I’m writing about it again because a very interesting book wholly devoted to the subject has recently appeared: artist Marc Boulay and palaeontologist Sébastien Steyer’s Demain, les Animaux du Futur...
Time once again to look at a few recently-ish published books relevant to our interests. Hey, some would make ideal Christmas gifts—don’t you think? Without further ado…
We all know how it feels to get lost in a great book. Sometimes the characters and emotions can seem every bit as real as those of our everyday lives.
How Not to Be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg. Image courtesy of Penguin Press. How Not to Be Wrong, the first popular math book by University of Wisconsin-Madison math professor Jordan Ellenberg, just hit the shelves.
This is the last part of my interview with Stephanie V. W. Lucianovic, author of Suffering Succotash: A Picky Eater's Quest to Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate, conducted earlier this month over lunch at Evvia in Palo Alto.
Need to keep your edge in this summer of sweat and torpor? The Daily Climate's annual summer reading list can help
"Yum, these grass and plants are delicious!" Mother cavy thinks as she eats her breakfast. "I will feed some to my baby cavies too!" she says.
Sneaking in at the last couple of hours of 2014, here’s the promised list of Jen-Luc Piquant’s favorite popular physics books of 2014 — although as always, the definition of “physics book” can be a little fuzzy.
Quick reviews of two great new(ish) books...
Should you happen to live in the United Kingdom, Matt Parker — a.k.a. @StandUpMaths on Twitter — probably needs no introduction.
"Now and then we pluck numbers from the blur...numbers which have no names except the ones we might now give them...souvenirs from alien, unknowable worlds." -Really Big Numbers by Richard Evan Schwartz Really Big Numbers by Richard Schwartz, a mathematician at Brown University, is the first children’s book published by the American Mathematical Society.
Today is Annalee Newitz‘s birthday (well, it’s still today in the most relevant time zone – uh, hers not mine). Annalee has been writing about the intersection of science and technology and culture for many years.
Regular Tet Zoo readers (and listeners of the TetZoo podcast) will know that John Conway, C. M. Kosemen and myself are soon to publish the Cryptozoologicon, a beautifully illustrated work focusing on cryptids, the (sometimes mundane, sometimes bizarre, sometimes nonsense) creatures of the cryptozoological literature.