Author: Biz India

Book Review: Priorities for Conservation of Mammalian Diversity–Has the Panda Had Its Day?

Editors: Abigail Entwistle and Nigel Dunstone Publisher: Cambridge University Press – 455 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram About a quarter of all species of mammals are now threatened with extinction based on recent research, the editors of this book point out. What are the justifications for mammal conservation? The editors and chapter authors provide the reasons. What approaches to conservation, and what techniques based on experience, are the most effective? The results of various programs are presented in this book. Which groups of mammals take priority over others in conservation efforts? Which are the ‘flagship species’? How should...

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Book Review: Planetary Ring Systems – Properties, Structure, and Evolution

Editors: Matthew S. Tiscareno and Carl D. Murray Publisher: Cambridge University Press – 582 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram Rings around planets and other types of discs are intriguing phenomena that have fascinated human beings for possibly, millennia, and astronomers have been working for generations to gather information on them through observations and studies in laboratories. This book is not only a large compilation of information, data, and studies on ringed planets and planetary ring phenomena, but also provides information that contributes to our understanding of how they came into existence, how they evolved, what are their physical...

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Book Review: The Laws and Economics of Confucianism – Kinship and Property in Preindustrial China and England

(Part of the Cambridge Series in Economics, Choice, and Society) Author: Taisu Zhang Publisher: Cambridge University Press – 308 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram In today’s world, culture, law and economics in general play large roles in people’s lives, particularly in helping them attain social and economic well-being. Was this true in the past as well? To some extent it was, but with differences, in at least two countries, this book’s author Taisu Zhang writes. Zhang takes a close look into the past of China and England, in particular between 1860 and 1949 – during the later Qing...

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Book Review: Patent Intensity and Economic Growth

Author: Daniel Benoliel Publisher: Cambridge University Press – 406 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram It has been traditionally assumed by economists that technological innovation within countries (as measured by an increase in patent registrations) leads to increases in production output that boosts economic growth. But some uncertainty exists on whether there is a direct relationship between an increase in patents and an acceleration of gross domestic product (GDP), particularly when looking at emerging countries versus developed ones, as the author Daniel Benoliel writes in his Introduction. He points out: “In the past developing countries were thought to be...

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Book Review: Molecular Gas Dust, and Star Formation in Galaxies

Editors: Tong Wong and Jurgen Ott Publisher: Cambridge University Press – 387 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram At the heart of modern astronomy is understanding galaxy formation and evolution, the editors of this book Tony Wong and Jurgen Ott point out in the Preface. And they add that central to the goal of understanding the formation of galaxies is the necessity to improve our understanding star formation, and thus the evolution of the interstellar medium (ISM). This book is based on the proceedings of the 202nd Symposium of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) held in Beijing, China on...

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