Michael Brotherton

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Location: Laramie, WY United States
Birthday: March 26
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Author of STAR DRAGON (Tor, 2003), professor of astronomy at the University of Wyoming, originally from St. Louis. Thanks for your interest. Visit my webpage at


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The Best American Science Writing 2000 by James Gleick
I liked many of the pieces in this collection and detested just a few. But overall I was very disappointed since I expected essays about SCIENCE, not essays about science history, about preferring music to science, about doctors making mistakes. I'm not saying those types of essays are not interesting reading, but I am saying they're definitely not about real science. Very few of the essays would actually enhance a university science course, for instance.
Furthermore, there would seem to be a weird bias present in the selection of the essays. A lot of them are from the New Yorker or the New York Times, hardly the places to go for good science (even though I do acknowledge that when… Read more
When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animal&hellip by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
To start with, I agree with much of the authors' concerns about those who equate the scientific caution against anthropomorphizing with the notion that animals do not possess emotions at all. The problem? The authors point at anecdotal evidence for emotion in animals and simply ask the reader if an emotional explanation for the observed behavior isn't reasonable. That's it! There's no science here, and in fact it could be said there's anti-science here. This does a disservice to the promotion of this field of study and rightly brings the scorn of working scientists.
I'm focusing on the negatives here because I had high expectations for a more objective approach to this discussion… Read more
A Phd Is Not Enough: A Guide to Survival in Scienc&hellip by Peter Feibelman
4.0 out of 5 stars A Big Little Book, April 28 2002
This book should be standard issue to graduate students (and any PhD who did not get it graduate school). It's a reminder that sheer brain power alone is not sufficient to be a successful scientist. It's also important to have a research plan and be able to articulate that plan. Indeed, the central theme of the book is the importance of communication at levels of a science career (talks, papers, grants, interviews, etc.). His guidelines for paper writing and giving talks are especially fine. Feibelman is a solid state physicist, but nearly everything he says was equally applicable to my field (astronomy).
I didn't give this excellent book five stars because it is such a short… Read more