Scibooks

Book review: Ocean Notorious

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Mar 24, 2016

In his book Ocean Notorious, New Zealand writer, photographer and sailor Matt Vance threads history, science and good old fashioned armchair travel into a riveting read. The Ocean Notorious in question is the Southern Ocean: the ocean that doesn’t really exist. In 1914, authorities tried to agree on names and boundaries for the world’s oceans. Dubbed the Southern Ocean, they drew its … Read More

Book review: The chimp and the river

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Mar 14, 2016

What do dengue fever, yellow fever, bubonic plague, bovine tuberculosis and West Nile fever have in common? Add to them swine flu, bird flu, SARS, HIV and Ebola and perhaps it becomes more obvious: all are zoonotic diseases – those that have crossed from animals into humans, often with devastating consequences. In 2012, science writer David Quammen tackled the subject … Read More

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Book review: Pacific – The Ocean of the Future

Peter Griffin Mar 07, 2016

I took incredible pleasure in slowly working through Simon Winchester’s new book Pacific, which serves as a sort of companion piece to his 2010 effort Atlantic. And what better a place to delve into a book about the world’s greatest ocean than in the middle of that ocean – Tahiti, where I was lucky enough to spend a week recently, with … Read More

Book review: Towards a Warmer World

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Jan 22, 2016

Anyone who was paying attention to global temperatures in 2015 probably knew what was coming on Thursday morning. Yep, 2015 was the hottest year since modern records began in 1880. Though the latter part of the year was boosted by El Niño, 2015 continued a trend of record-breaking temperatures, with 15 of the 16 hottest years occurring since … Read More

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Book review: Big World, Small Planet

Guest Work Dec 03, 2015

How do we go about communicating that the whole of the biosphere (and humanity) is at stake? Professor David Teather looks for answers in the book Big World, Small Planet in a review originally featured in the latest issue of Forest & Bird magazine. Convincing others to care for the natural world is a matter for both … Read More

Nursing text a key contributor to community health

SciBooks Jan 21, 2015

by Professor Jenny Carryer  REVIEW: Community Health and Wellness, 4th Edition: Primary health care in practice by Professor Anne McMurray and Dr. Jill Clendon Elsevier Health Sciences RRP: $90.00 This is a further edition of the already highly valued nursing text exploring social, cultural and political issues affecting individual and community health. As such it continues to … Read More

Easy read promises economics is key to internet dating success

SciBooks Sep 29, 2014

By Diane Owenga REVIEW: Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Economics I Learned from Online Dating by Paul Oyer Harvard Business Review Press 2013 The concepts underpinning micro-economics were developed by Adam Smith and others in the 18th century, from observing how auction-style commercial markets behave. In these markets price changes are the ‘invisible hand’ … Read More

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