Search Results: "Philip Ball"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A solid, well-written overview of molecular chemistry."
British science writer Ball (Life's Matrix: A Biography of Water, 2000, etc.) offers a short introduction to chemistry, with a strong emphasis on that of our own bodies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"A revelatory look at a seminal period in art history."
The intellectual revolution in medieval France, as embodied in the architecture of a great cathedral. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2006

"Often slow going, but worth the effort."
The life and times of Philip Theophrastus Bombast von Hohenheim, aka Paracelsus, the "father of modern medicine." Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 2000

"A superb and quenching portrait of this modest association of atoms that alone permits life among us. (30 b&w illustrations)"
Water may be the universal solvent, but Ball (Designing the Molecular World, not reviewed) uses its history and properties, along with his artful narrative voice, to transfix readers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"A highly provocative work of popular science."
Can human nature be reduced to a set of laws that can then be used to organize society? By this intriguing account, many a physicist is now exploring such a question. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A welcome addition to any artist's—or art lover's—library."
Great art requires talent, hard work, and a singular vision—and it doesn't hurt to have a chemistry set nearby. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Solid scientific history, entertainingly presented."
Having taken readers on a guided tour of molecules (Stories of the Invisible, 2001), Nature consultant editor Ball now turns his attention to the elements. Read full book review >

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SERVING THE REICH by Philip Ball
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 2014

"How much did Nazism compromise its scientists? In this polished account, Ball finds that the jury is still out, even as the evidence mounts and the pursuit of firsthand records and documentary testimony continues."
An examination of the response of German scientists to the rise of the Third Reich and its interference with their work. Read full book review >

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NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE: FORERUNNER TO AMERICAN HORROR
by Andrew Liptak

It’s almost a rite of passage in high school: your English teacher takes out Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel The Scarlet Letter, and you, as a student, have to slog through the antiquated prose and story for several weeks. Friends and family don’t remember the book fondly, but recently, I’ve begun to understand just how critical The Scarlet Letter and ...


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'66 FRAMES by Gordon Ball
Released: April 1, 1999

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THE HUMMINGBIRD HOUSE by Donna Ball
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2013

"An amusing, undemanding tale likely to warm readers' hearts."
The grand opening of a Virginia bed-and-breakfast is the setting for Ball's (High in Trial, 2013, etc.) latest novel full of comedy and sentiment. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 6, 2004

"Though copious with historical information—surprisingly relevant in light of current history—Ball (China Run, 2002, etc.) anchors it all in character. A winning combination."
Sweeping historical adventure culminates in the 16th-century Battle of Malta. Read full book review >