DNA and Prison

The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality (Kathryn Paige Harden, 2021)

I heard about this book through a New Yorker article, which describes Harden’s professional and personal journey to “reconcile the findings of her field [genetics] with her commitments to social justice.” Their reporter was careful to position Harden relative to other players in this space of population genetics, statistics, ‘The…

The Russian Navy and smallpox mysteries

The Tsar’s Last Armada: The Epic Journey to the Battle of Tsushima (Constantine Pleshakov, 2003)

Following up on a Reddit thread, I picked up this book about the Russian navy’s journey around the world to confront the Japanese at the Battle of Tsushima, “[the] first and last decisive sea battle fought by modern steel battleship fleets” (Wikipedia). …

Comparing NLP’s text mutation tools

Wild Bill: The Legend and Life of William O. Douglas (Bruce Murphy, 2003)

This Supreme Court biography opens with a quote (“William O. Douglas was the oddest duck to ever serve on the United States Supreme Court”) and an anecdote which is…

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