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A new book with attitude – but also strong science - Scibooks

Sep 30, 2013

by Tony Blakely REVIEW: Appetite for Destruction: Food – the good, the bad and the fatal by Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons Public Interest Publishing, October 2013 RRP $35 Gareth Morgan is known as a smart economist and a bit of a stirrer of public debate. Think domestic cat control to save birds. Think “Big Kahuna” on social policy. And think “Health Cheque”, a review of prioritisation in the health services. But he, and his economist co-author Geoff Simmons, actually apply a very careful analysis before they get in your face with their solutions. “Appetite for Destruction” is an impressive book. It is based on a strong analysis of the theory and science of food. There are likely to be a few quibbles about occasional facts and hypotheses, but standing back the overall … Read More

Blockbuster will appeal to serious birders - Scibooks

Sep 25, 2013

Reviewed by Alison Ballance REVIEW: Birds of New Zealand: a photographic guide by Paul Scofield and Brent Stephenson Auckland University Press 2013 RRP $59.99 Like many New Zealanders I take a strong interest in our country’s natural history, and if you’re talking about our terrestrial vertebrate fauna then you’re pretty much talking about birds. My bookshelves have a good representation of New Zealand bird guides from across the years, and Birds of New Zealand will be given a key spot. This is a 544-page blockbuster that covers ‘the identification of 365 bird species that occur naturally in the wild regularly within the New Zealand region, those that have established wild populations and all rare visitors’. The authors are both professional ornithologists. Paul Scofield is senior curator of natural history at Canterbury Museum, and an authority … Read More