Category: Reviews

Book Review: Rise of the Rocket Girls

“Rise of the Rocket Girls” is a fascinating history of the women computers and engineers at NASA and their contributions to the agency despite historic gender discrimination.

Open Source Geospatial Tools – Applications in Earth Observation

A review of a book introducing command line processing for Earth observation data.

Book Review: Elizabeth Kolbert’s ’The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History’

“The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” is a book about extinction and the impact of humanity on a living planet.

Book Review: A Conversation about ‘Connection’

Earthzine Science Writer Elise Osenga and Editor-in-Chief Paul Racette connect in reviewing “Connection: Hollywood Storytelling Meets Critical Thinking.” The book tells how stories can be used to connect with audiences. But can stories help scientists get the word out about their research?


Book Review: Nancy Baron’s “Escape from the Ivory Tower”

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Nancy Baron’s “Escape from the Ivory Tower” offers advice for scientists interested in augmenting their skill set for communication with policymakers and the public.

Book Review: ‘The Attacking Ocean’ by Brian Fagan

The Attacking Ocean cover. In “The Attacking Ocean,” author Brian Fagan uses an anthropological narrative of humanity’s struggle to outrun the ocean to convince the reader of the threat of rising sea levels.

Population 10 Billion by Danny Dorling – review

Population 10 Billion cover Originally published by the Guardian – A myth-busting analysis of population growth is refreshingly free of doomsday rhetoric.

Holloway by Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood and Dan Richards – review

Originally Published by The Guardian – A slim, but poetic and beautifully illustrated book about travels on sunken paths makes a powerful impression Topic: Reviews

A Review of ‘Heat: Adventures in the World’s Fiery Places’

The cover of ‘Heat,’ a 2013 book by Bill Streever. Image Credit: Little, Brown and Co.

The cover of ‘Heat,’ a 2013 book by Bill Streever. Image Credit: Little, Brown and Co.“Heat: Adventures in the World’s Fiery Places” by Bill Streever is a wide-ranging exploration of heat and its effects on a broad span of human and natural phenomena. It follows his national bestseller “Cold,” which covered the opposite end of the thermal spectrum. I have not read “Cold,” but by all accounts both books follow a similar trajectory.

Book Review: ‘Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Vegetation’

The cover of “Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Vegetation,” published by CRC Press.
Cropped cover of hyperspectrial remote sensing of vegetationI have read the book, “Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Vegetation,” with great pleasure. It provides a comprehensive overview with plenty of useful references to the literature. On one hand, there is an extensive overview of existing techniques and state-ofthe-art methods. In a single reference, the reader is offered an overview of hyperspectral vegetation indices (HVI) in clear tables, without the need to search and browse through a large number of papers to find the appropriate index for his or her particular problem.