Science and Technology

Excerpts from the Science and Technology books published by W. W. Norton.


The Geographical Pattern of Ebola Outbreaks

Since 1976 Ebola virus has hopscotched its way around Central Africa. What’s going on?


Stuffed

Mary Roach on the science of eating until you explode


With the holidays upon us, ‘tis the season to eat to the point of bursting. But is that really


The Rise and Fall of a Spammer

How the internet police caught the man who ran the world’s largest botnet


Twenty-four-year-old Oleg Nikolaenko knew cold-weather life, having already purchased a fine house in a wealthy Moscow suburb. So the mop-haired young man wasn’t surprised to find himself spending the winter of 2010 in the grip of an arctic chill—he just…


What Einstein’s Stolen Brain Can Teach Us About Intelligence


Hugh Aldersey-Williams’s work has been hailed as “science writing at its best.” His latest book, Anatomies, is a head-to


What We Breathe When We Fly

From toxic fumes to pesticides, an aviation consultant shares the facts about the air up there.


How to Spot a Weak Argument

Daniel Dennett on the “surely” operator


When you’re reading or skimming argumentative essays, especially by philosophers, here is a quick trick that may save you much time and effort, especially in this age of simple searching by computer: look for “surely” in the document, and check each occurrence. Not always, not even most of the time…


Breast Cancer: A Brief and Surprising History


The following is an excerpt from the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science and Technology, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural

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