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The Perfect Shape: Øyvind Hammer **** 27 May 2017 - A collection of 53 short pieces on different aspects of spirals and helixes with lots of real world examples and stories. Works better than it ought to.
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In the Shadow of the Moon: Anthony Aveni *** 23 May 2017 A slightly odd mix of interesting material on eclipses and their associations and a fairly academic history of eclipse observations, with a strong focus on the US.
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Out of the Shadow of a Giant: John and Mary Gribbin ***** 20 May 2017 - An exploration of the remarkable scientific achievements of Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley, showing how they got hidden in the shadow of Newton.

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