With these stark words begins a musing on a fundamental fact of life: not every person dies at the same age and there is wild variation in length of life among different species. A giant fungus in Michigan has been alive since the Ice Age, while a dragonfly lives just four months, and a mayfly perishes within a few hours. What accounts for these differences? Read about it in:
The Long and the Short of It: the science of life span and aging / Jonathan Silvertown.
Also on the new book shelf: Beyond the God Particle, by Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman with Christopher Hill. They write: "While most scientists expected a vast assortment of new discoveries, new 'super' particles, and bizarre new forces [from work conducted on the European Large Hadron Collider], all we have so far is the single Higgs boson. The discovery, while important, has resulted in even more questions, the main one being, Who ordered the God Particle, and what is it telling us?"
Fascinating reading in these and other new books just received.