[ARC] The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being by Alice Roberts

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In The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being: Evolution and the Making of Us, Dr. Alice Roberts, scientist and divulgator, describes the evolution of the human embryo comparing its characterstistics with the ones of other species, and pointing out the significant traits of the human evolution.

Each chapter is focused on a specific body part (brain, superior and inferior limbs, internal organs, …) also in function of the time the specific part develops during the pregnancy period.

I liked this book and I think the book is quite interesting also for a generic public (I did not study medical science and I have only vague memories of high school biology). The nature of the thematic makes the images useful and sometimes needed to understand a specific topic; I think this theme could gather more interest in the form of a video documentary.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being by Alice Roberts ★★★★

*I read this book in English

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The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate (Calpurnia Tate #2) by Jacqueline Kelly

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Durante il primo romanzo, L’evoluzione di Calpurnia Tate, avevamo conosciuto la protagonista e visto nascere il suo amore per la scienza grazie al contributo del burbero ma sapiente nonno.

Questo romanzo inizia dove il primo ci aveva lasciato e ci permettere di trascorrere un altro anno con questa protagonista deliziosa, intraprendente e ambiziosa di quell’indipendenza difficilmente concessa alle ragazze della sua epoca. Il filo conduttore di questo volume è il viaggio di Darwin sulla nave Beagle.

L’alluvione di Galveston porterà un veterinario in città, e a casa di Calpurnia la cugina; la bambina dovrà imparare a convivere anche con questa nuova presenza, spesso piuttosto ingombrante.

Sempri presenti i fratelli, in particolare il romanzo lascia molto spazio a Travis e al suo bisogno di trovare un proprio animale domestico (possibilmente grato e affettuoso) e alle relazioni di Calpurnia con altre persone e con un mondo per cui è difficile accettare l’intraprendenza di una bambina.

Anche questo romanzo si è rivelato una lettura godibilissima, ed è impossibile non affezionarsi a una protagonista così incredibile come Calpurnia; non vedo l’ora che esca un altro romanzo della serie.

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In the first novel, The evolution of Calpurnia Tate, we met the main character and seen how her love for science born thanks to the help of her grouch but wise grandfather.

This novel begins where the previous one ended, and it allows the reader to spend another year with this wonderful girl, resourceful and in want of an independence almost impossible for the women in her time. The main theme in background this time is the Darwin‘s travel on the Beagle.

Galveston’s hurricane will bring in Calpurnia’s town a new vet and in Calpurnia’s home her cousin; the girl will have to learn how to share her room with this new presence, sometimes quite imposing.

In the novel there are references also to Calpurnia’s brothers, and in particular Trevis and his need to find his own pet animal (possibly a grateful and nice one) and to Calpurnia’s relations with other people and with a world where it’s hard to accept such initiative from a girl.

This novel is, such as the former in the series, a wonderful read, and it’s impossible not to love a main character so incredible as Calpurnia; I’m looking forward for another novel in this series.

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The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly ★★★★☆½

La storia del mondo in 100 oggetti by Neil MacGregor

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Neil MacGregor, storico e direttore del British Museum, ha realizzato per la BBC 4 il programma radiofonico A history of the world in 100 objects in cui durante ogni puntata dava voce a un oggetto scelto all’interno del British Museum. Dal programma è nato il libro omonimo che riporta i 100 oggetti scelti e il commento di Neil MacGregor

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Neil MacGregor, historian and director of the British Museum, made for the BBC 4 the radio program A history of the world in 100 objects; each episode was about a single object chosen in the British Museum collection. From the radio program this book was born, each chapter describing one of the 100 object chosen and the comment by Neil MacGregor

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