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Tropic of Chaos

Christian Parenti

Nation Books

116 East 16th Street, 8th Floor

New York, NY 10003

9781568587295, $16.99,

TROPIC OF CHAOS: CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE NEW GEOGRAPHY OF VIOLENCE comes from a writer who documents the new era of climate war fostered by changing world weathers, linking climate change to social breakdown and the spreading of government failures around the world. It goes beyond the usual prediction process usually associated with discussions of world disaster potentials and hones in on how changing weather patterns in turn change people patterns, leading to new encounters and conflicts. The result is a powerful discussion that's a 'must' for science and nature and social issues collections alike!


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New York, NY 10019

Gregory Chaitin's PROVING DARWIN: MAKING BIOLOGY MATHEMATICAL (9780375423147, $24.00) provides a fine survey that shows how Darwin's theory of evolution works on a mathematical level, and is a fine pick for any math collection interested in connections between biology and math. Chapters assemble proof that Darwin's theory works on a purely mathematical level, arguing that evolution can't be proven without a mathematical theory in place as well. He's developed a paradigm that can mathematically explain life itself - and the pioneers of math and biology worlds alike come together in a fine introduction to metabiology and its foundations, perfect for science and lay collections alike. Giulio Tononi's PHI: A VOYAGE FROM THE BRAIN TO THE SOUL (9780307907219, $30.00) explores the latest scientific findings around consciousness and uses a branch of science originally applied to computers and telecommunications to brain research to provide some amazing insights providing that there is more to a human being than cellular reactions. It uses the latest science to consider a new theory of consciousness and how it develops and considers how this human consciousness is an evolving, developing facet of human personality itself. The neuroscientific account is told by Galileo and follows his journey through different ways of seeing and analyzing science and consciousness. The result blends science, art and fiction in an inviting an paradigm-challenging set of ideals perfect for new age, science and philosophy collections alike.

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Title Annotation:'Tropic of Chaos,' 'Proving Darwin' and 'Phi'
Publication:The Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Oct 1, 2012
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