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Cambridge University Press, £18.95, $29.95 Tides: A Scientific History “Now comes David Cartwright's Tides: A Scientific History, a major contribution to the history of astronomical geophysical sciences, filling that serious gap in the scientific literature . . . This book is a masterpiece.” Paul Melchior, Nature 398, 119–120 ( 1999) ## A Cursing Brain? The Histories of Tourette Syndrome Harvard University Press,$16.95

A Cursing Brain? The Histories of Tourette Syndrome “This book is a 'must' for anyone interested in the history of medicine, neurology, psychiatryas well as Tourette syndrome. There is no doubt that this is the best exposition of the syndrome's history in the literature . . . Kushner's is one of the most exciting and intriguing textbooks that I have read: clinically and historically correct, extremely well written and an erudite and scholarly treatise.” Mary Robertson, Nature 400 , 422–423 (1999)

## Almost Like A Whale: The Origin of Species, Updated

Anchor, £8.99

Almost Like A Whale: The Origin of Species, Updated “This 'Origin of Species — Revised Edition' may lack the sense of danger and discovery of its predecessor, and the radicalism has been replaced by a presumption of the truth of natural selection. Yet Jones succeeds impressively in his desire to bring us up to date on the facts of evolution: to read this book is to see in one place much of the sweep and grandeur of evolution by natural selection.” Mark Pagel, Nature 401, 853–854 (1999)

Wiley, $18.95, £14.99 Sudden Origins: Fossils, Genes, and the Emergence of Species “Schwartz presents a detailed and informative historical account of evolutionary biology. In fact, the book could be read as a history of evolution and will probably occupy such a niche. Schwartz is much more ambitious than this, however:he wants to convince the reader that his “new evolution” is the Holy Grail of the field.” Eörs Szathmáry, Nature 399, 745 (1999) ## Edison: A Life of Invention Wiley,$18.95, £12.50

Edison: A Life of Invention “Paul Israel, in this latest biography, has done a remarkable job. Not only has he given us fresh insights into a complex personality, but he has set this against the backdrop of a dramatically changing American society driven on remorselessly by the second Industrial Revolution in which Edison was a pivotal player.” Willem Hackmann, Nature 397, 34– 35 (1999)

## Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749–1827): A Life in Exact Science

Princeton University Press, \$19.95, £12.50

Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749–1827): A Life in Exact Science “Gillispie's distinguished biography is a magisterial survey of one of the most influential scientists of the past two centuries.” William R. Shea, Nature 391, 855–856 ( 1998)

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