Book/Journal Article Reviews on Science
Reviews of current and historical books and journal articles on scientific investigations
Below, you will find book reviews and journal article reviews of authors writing in the four major disciplines of scientific research; physics, biology, mind and religion.
Climate change deniers were breathed a new lease of life with the release of a Channel 4 documentary questioning the science behind global warming theories. Robert Bender reviews Martin Durkin's The Great Global Warming Swindle, unpacking the arguments presented in the film and taking a behind-the-scenes look at its making.
Only recently have scientists discovered that plants of all varieties sense and respond to their environment in a myriad of surprising ways. Robert Bender takes us inside the fascinating world of bioscientist Daniel Chamowitz as he explores how plants see, smell, feel, remember and orient themselves.
French botanist and explorer, Jacques Labillardière, was an eighteenth century scientific trailblazer at a time of immense political upheaval in his native land. In this review, Robert Bender takes us on a journey through Edward Duyker's scholarly and thorough research into Labillardière's early life and his later sea-faring expeditions of discovery and travail.
In this review of Henry Nicholls' book on the last surviving giant tortoise on the Galapagos Islands, Robert Bender tracks the life of Lonesome George, as he was known, and the environmental impacts of excessive harvesting, tourism and population growth. Bender also treats us to what Lonesome George and other endangered animals teach us about evolution.