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Resetting the Theory of Time

Generations of physicists have claimed that time is an illusion. But not all agree. In his book Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe, theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that time exists--and he says time is key to understanding the evolution of the universe.
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When Great Scientists Got It Wrong

In Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein, astrophysicist Mario Livio explores the colossal errors committed by scientific greats, from chemist Linus Pauling's botched model of DNA, to Charles Darwin's failure to understand genetics--the very mechanism of natural selection.
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Book News: Amazon May Be Called Before Parliament Over Taxes

Also: AARP and The Nation join a growing list of ebook publishers; Hilary Mantel on Jane Austen; Anne Applebaum on Sheryl Sandberg.
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From Fame's Leroy To Jay-Z

Michel Martin speaks to Mark Anthony Neal about his new book, Looking For Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities. It looks at some of the ways black men have been portrayed in pop culture throughout history.
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Book News: Amazon's Tiny Tax Payment Draws Fresh Scrutiny

Also: Afaa Michael Weaver on being a black poet abroad; ebook sales jumped 44 percent last year; Cormac McCarthy's beach body.
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Tina Brown's Recommended Readings Have Luck In Common

As part of the series "Word of Mouth," on Morning Edition, Steve Inskeep talks to Newsweek and The Daily Beast editor Tina Brown for her reading recommendations.
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Coming To 'Americanah': Two Tales Of Immigrant Experience

The new book from Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a knockout of a novel about immigration that transcends genre. It's everything from a coming-of-age novel to a romance to a comic novel of social manners to an up-to-the-minute meditation on race.

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