FiveBooks Newsletter 126

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Links to all our original FiveBooks interviews of the week before, plus a pick of the best content on The Browser.
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Alex Bellos on Maths

Friday November 23

The author of "Alex's Adventures in Numberland" tells us about popular attempts to explain the history of counting and numbers Continue reading… (

Vivette Glover on Life Before Birth – And Life After It

Thursday November 22

The professor of perinatal psychobiology at Imperial College, London tells us how our understanding of fetal development and the importance of mother-child bonding has changed in recent decades Continue reading… (–-and-life-after-it)

Kwame Anthony Appiah on Honour

Wednesday November 21

The Princeton philosophy professor tells us about the meaning of honour, how it's won and lost, and what role it's had in the history of moral change Continue reading… (

Alice Bell on Science Books for Children

Tuesday November 20

Children learn in many different ways and the best science books for young people reflect that, says the science writer. Her suggested reading takes in robots used to explain sex and a picture book about dinosaurs Continue reading… (

Steven Amsterdam on Worry

Monday November 19

The author tells us about books that have anxiety at their heart, ranging from obsessional love and chronic neurosis to conspiracy theory paranoia and existential angst Continue reading… (

Best of the Moment

Kill The Password

Mat Honan | Wired | 15 November 2012

"Nothing you do, no precaution you take, no long or random string of characters can stop a dedicated and devious individual from cracking your account. The age of the password has come to an end; we just haven’t realised it yet" More like this (


Epic Adventures

Extreme tourism, unwise adventure and plain bad luck. Enjoy it all from the comfort of your armchair Read on (

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

The Bad Seed  by William March

Susan Gelman says ( : “This girl, who outwardly seems very sweet and innocent, in actuality is bad to the core. The idea is that your moral character can be in-born” FiveBooks Archive (

Video of the Week

Onion Talks: Social Media


From the uncanny valley between satire and reality More videos (

Quote of the Week

Adam Mars-Jones, on parody (

"Parody can tell you everything about its target, except how people could have taken it seriously in the first place"

More quotes (

Reader Recommendations

@henrylf 9 Events That Have Shaped The Humanitarian Industry: Starting with Battle of Solferino back in 1859 #browsings #browsings ( More like this (

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