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Raychelle Burks

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Raychelle Burks is an Associate Professor of analytical chemistry at American University in Washington, D.C. and science communicator, who has regularly appeared on the Science Channel.
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Butchering Art
Lindsey Fitzharris - Oct 01, 2018
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In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of nineteenth-century surgery on the eve of profound transformation. She conjures up early operating theaters--no place for the squeamish--and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. These medical pioneers knew that th...
Raychelle Burks
Apr 05, 2021
Great book on Lister is "The Butchering Art" by @DrLindseyFitz      source
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Ed Yong
Brunelleschi's Dome
How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
Ross King - Aug 13, 2013 (first published in 2000)
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Brunelleschi's Dome is the story of how a Renaissance man bent men, materials, and the very forces of nature to build an architectural wonder. Not a master mason or carpenter, Filippo Brunelleschi was a goldsmith and clock maker. Over twenty-eight years, he would dedicate himself to solving puzzles of the dome's construction. In the process, he did...
Raychelle Burks
Apr 05, 2015
Brunelleschi's Dome by Ross King Zero by @cgseife Examining Tuskegee by Susan Reverb The Physics of the Buffyverse by @JenLucPiquant      source
Examining Tuskegee
The Infamous Syphilis Study and Its Legacy (The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture)
Susan M. Reverby - Nov 01, 2009
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The forty-year Tuskegee Syphilis Study, which took place in and around Tuskegee, Alabama, from the 1930s through the 1970s, has become a profound metaphor for medical racism, government malfeasance, and physician arrogance. Susan M. Reverby's Examining Tuskegee is a comprehensive analysis of the notorious study of untreated syphilis among African A...
Raychelle Burks
Apr 05, 2015
Brunelleschi's Dome by Ross King Zero by @cgseife Examining Tuskegee by Susan Reverb The Physics of the Buffyverse by @JenLucPiquant      source
The Physics of the Buffyverse
Jennifer Ouellette - Dec 26, 2006
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Physics with a Buffy the Vampire Slayer pop-culture chaser In the tradition of the bestselling The Physics of Star Trek, acclaimed science writer Jennifer Ouellette explains fundamental concepts in the physical sciences through examples culled from the hit TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off, Angel. The weird and wonderful world of t...
Raychelle Burks
Apr 05, 2015
Brunelleschi's Dome by Ross King Zero by @cgseife Examining Tuskegee by Susan Reverb The Physics of the Buffyverse by @JenLucPiquant      source
Zero
The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
Charles Seife - Sep 01, 2000
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The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshipped it, and the Church used it to fend off heretics. For centuries, the power of zero savored of the demonic; once harnessed, it became the most important tool in mathematics. Zero follows this number from its birth as an Eastern philosophical concept to its struggle for acceptanc...
Raychelle Burks
Apr 05, 2015
Brunelleschi's Dome by Ross King Zero by @cgseife Examining Tuskegee by Susan Reverb The Physics of the Buffyverse by @JenLucPiquant      source
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Bryan Johnson
Galileo's Daughter
A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
Dava Sobel - Sep 04, 2011 (first published in 1999)
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Dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishment of a mythic figure whose seventeenth-century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science and religion.Inspired by a long fascination with Galileo, and by the remarkable surviving letters of Galileo's daughter, a cloistered nun, Dava Sobel has written a biograph...
Raychelle Burks
Apr 05, 2015
Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and In the Garden of Beasts by @exlarson Longitude & Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel      source
In the Garden of Beasts
Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Erik Larson - Jan 01, 2011
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Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Devil in the White City, delivers a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power.The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago,...
Raychelle Burks
Apr 05, 2015
Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and In the Garden of Beasts by @exlarson Longitude & Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel      source
Longitude
The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
Dava Sobel - Nov 05, 2007 (first published in 1995)
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Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day—and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives, and t...
Raychelle Burks
Apr 05, 2015
Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and In the Garden of Beasts by @exlarson Longitude & Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel      source
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Richard Branson
Thunderstruck
Erik Larson - Sep 25, 2007 (first published in 2006)
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A true story of love, murder, and the end of the world's "great hush."In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men--Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication--whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of al...
Raychelle Burks
Apr 05, 2015
Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and In the Garden of Beasts by @exlarson Longitude & Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel      source
The Devil in the White City
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Erik Larson - Feb 10, 2004 (first published in 2003)
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Author Erik Larson imbues the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with such drama that readers may find themselves checking the book's categorization to be sure that 'The Devil in the White City' is not, in fact, a highly imaginative novel. Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for...
Raychelle Burks
Apr 05, 2015
Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and In the Garden of Beasts by @exlarson Longitude & Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel      source
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Blood Work
A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution
Holly Tucker - May 20, 2012 (first published in 2010)
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In December 1667, maverick physician Jean Denis transfused calf’s blood into one of Paris’s most notorious madmen. Days later, the madman was dead and Denis was framed for murder. A riveting exposé of the fierce debates, deadly politics, and cutthroat rivalries behind the first transfusion experiments, Blood Work takes us from dissection rooms in p...
Raychelle Burks
Apr 05, 2015
Some sciency books I always recommend for non-scientists & scientists: The Poisoner's Handbook by @deborahblum Blood Work by @history_geek      source
The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum