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Intellectual bees, doyenne of dark matter, and mathematical grief: Books in brief | Nature


Andrew Robinson reviews five of the week’s best science picks.

Bright Galaxies, Dark Matter, and Beyond, Ashley Jean Yeager MIT Press (2021)

‘More matter than meets the eye’ is a chapter title of this insightful biography of the pioneering astronomer Vera Rubin by science journalist Ashley Yeager, who interviewed her in later life. Best known for her observations of galactic rotation rates, which provided evidence for the existence of dark matter, Rubin also campaigned for equality in science. Her many honours did not include a Nobel prize, but a new observatory in Chile bears her name and this is the second biography of her in a year (see A. Abbott Nature 591, 523–524; 2021).

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Source: Intellectual bees, doyenne of dark matter, and mathematical grief: Books in brief

In Praise of Public Libraries | by Sue Halpern | The New York Review of Books

Haizhan Zheng/Getty Images Bates Hall, the reading room at the Boston Public Library, 2017
Haizhan Zheng/Getty Images Bates Hall, the reading room at the Boston Public Library, 2017

 

A public library is predicated on an ethos of sharing and egalitarianism. It is nonjudgmental. It stands in stark opposition to the materialism and individualism that otherwise define our culture. It is defiantly, proudly, communal. The sociologist Eric Klinenberg reminds us that libraries were once called palaces for the people. Klinenberg is interested in the ways that common spaces can repair our fractious and polarized civic life. And though he argues in his new book that playgrounds, sporting clubs, diners, parks, farmer’s markets, and churches—anything, really, that puts people in close contact with one another—have the capacity to strengthen what Tocqueville called the cross-cutting ties that bind us to those who in many ways are different from us, he suggests that libraries may be the most effective.

Source: In Praise of Public Libraries | by Sue Halpern | The New York Review of Books

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NetGalley is a site where book reviewers and other professional readers can read books before they are published, in e-galley or digital galley form. Members register for free and can request review copies or be invited to review by the publisher. DrWeb is a member, and I review books from publishers. As a retired librarian, it’s a great way to share new books and my views on them with my followers, other readers, etc.

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