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Old 01-26-2010, 09:38 AM   #46
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I would recommend "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson. I just finished reading it and thought it was very good.

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Old 01-26-2010, 12:12 PM   #47
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Michio Kaku ... Kenny, I don't recall if I've seen Kaku on TV. ....

Yeah, He totally turns me off TV presence wise.....what I've read of his writing is great.

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Old 01-29-2010, 04:40 PM   #48
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So, as a change of pace from my usual bio/paleo mentions, I just finished reading a great astronomy book, The Hunt for Planet X, and was about to recommend it. I started looking for the ebook pricing, and found myself in the depths of insanity of Lovecraftian proportions-- the only (legit) electronic version I can find costs $25-- per section. So a full copy of the book would cost you $250.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-0-387-77804-4

so if you want it you are stuck with the print copy

http://www.amazon.com/Hunt-Planet-Wo...dp/0387778047/

or getting it by other means (cough, cough).

It is a very nice historical book starting from the discovery of Uranus, going to the Brown/Oritz kerfuffle and the disemplanetizing of Pluto, and summing up with mention of a few future/current projects for finding outer solar system objects. It is really too bad that on the ebook front the publishers can't discover Theiranus with both hands and a flashlight.
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:05 PM   #49
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So, as a change of pace from my usual bio/paleo mentions, I just finished reading a great astronomy book, The Hunt for Planet X, and was about to recommend it. I started looking for the ebook pricing, and found myself in the depths of insanity of Lovecraftian proportions-- the only (legit) electronic version I can find costs $25-- per section. So a full copy of the book would cost you $250.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-0-387-77804-4
Actually, there appear to be 24 paid sections. So a bit more than 250$.
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I’m currently reading The Varieties of Scientific Experience by Carl Sagan, edited and with an Introduction by Ann Druyan.

From Scientific American:

Sagan, writing from beyond the grave (actually his new book, The Varieties of Scientific Experience, is an edited version of his 1985 Gifford Lectures), asks why, if God created the universe, he left the evidence so scant. He might have embedded Maxwell’s equations in Egyptian hieroglyphs. The Ten Commandments might have been engraved on the moon. "Or why not a hundred- kilometer crucifix in Earth orbit?… Why should God be so clear in the Bible and so obscure in the world?" He laments what he calls a "retreat from Copernicus," a loss of nerve, an emotional regression to the idea that humanity must occupy center stage. Both Gingerich and Collins, along with most every reconciler of science and religion, invoke the anthropic principle: that the values of certain physical constants such as the charge of the electron appear to be "fine-tuned" to produce a universe hospitable to the rise of conscious, worshipful life. But the universe is not all that hospitable-try leaving Earth without a space suit. Life took billions of years to take root on this planet, and it is an open question whether it made it anywhere else. To us carboniferous creatures, the dials may seem miraculously tweaked, but different physical laws might have led to universes harboring equally awe-filled forms of energy, cooking up anthropic arguments of their own.

George Johnson is author of Fire in the Mind: Science, Faith, and the Search for Order and six other books. He resides on the Web at talaya.net
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:35 PM   #51
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I’m currently reading The Varieties of Scientific Experience by Carl Sagan, edited and with an Introduction by Ann Druyan.

From Scientific American:

Sagan, writing from beyond the grave (actually his new book, The Varieties of Scientific Experience, is an edited version of his 1985 Gifford Lectures), asks why, if God created the universe, he left the evidence so scant. He might have embedded Maxwell’s equations in Egyptian hieroglyphs. The Ten Commandments might have been engraved on the moon. "Or why not a hundred- kilometer crucifix in Earth orbit?… Why should God be so clear in the Bible and so obscure in the world?" He laments what he calls a "retreat from Copernicus," a loss of nerve, an emotional regression to the idea that humanity must occupy center stage. Both Gingerich and Collins, along with most every reconciler of science and religion, invoke the anthropic principle: that the values of certain physical constants such as the charge of the electron appear to be "fine-tuned" to produce a universe hospitable to the rise of conscious, worshipful life. But the universe is not all that hospitable-try leaving Earth without a space suit. Life took billions of years to take root on this planet, and it is an open question whether it made it anywhere else. To us carboniferous creatures, the dials may seem miraculously tweaked, but different physical laws might have led to universes harboring equally awe-filled forms of energy, cooking up anthropic arguments of their own.

George Johnson is author of Fire in the Mind: Science, Faith, and the Search for Order and six other books. He resides on the Web at talaya.net
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:02 PM   #52
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The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan.

I think everyone should have to read this book. By that I mean everyone on the planet should be forced to read this book. If only there were ebook editions of this book...
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Old 01-30-2010, 05:45 PM   #53
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That is a good one!

I just ordered a used P-book copy of it.

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Old 01-30-2010, 06:18 PM   #54
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Michio Kaku and Brian Greene are two of my favorite science authors. Kenny, I don't recall if I've seen Kaku on TV. For all I know he may indeed come across as some sort of mechanical dramatist in person, but he sure has a flowing and engaging writing style.

Speaking of TV, did anyone see The Elegant Universe? I thought it was great, although it has to be kept in mind while watching it that string theory, however elegant, is still in the realm of theoretical speculation.
Definitely have to agree with WT on this. Very much enjoy both authors
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I've read and enjoyed Greene, Sagan and Bryson but have not read anything by Tyson or Kaku, I'll look them up.

I'd add:
Infinite in all Directions - Freeman Dyson
The Red Limit and The Whole Shebang - both by Timothy Ferris
The Trouble with Physics - Lee Smolin

Also, alee found a free ebook from NASA here:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71900
It's about the X-15 - looks interesting
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The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan.

I think everyone should have to read this book. By that I mean everyone on the planet should be forced to read this book. If only there were ebook editions of this book...
I had previously requested that the publisher make this work available as an e-book. Maybe one day!

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The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins

If Thomas Henry Huxley was famously "Darwin's bulldog", then Richard Dawkins is probably best described as "Darwin's pit bull". He gets his teeth into an argument, locks on and shakes it until submission is the only option.
I actually also enjoyed Dawkins older books - before he got all religiously anti-religious. Back then he was slightly more focused on biology and between the lines you can feel the fascination and passion with his work:
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Anybody got any recommendations for an e-book title on the history of Chemistry? I'm watching the series Chemistry: A Volatile History on BBC Four and it's great.
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Anybody got any recommendations for an e-book title on the history of Chemistry? I'm watching the series Chemistry: A Volatile History on BBC Four and it's great.
I'm sorry I don't have a good reply for you. Unfortunately, J. R. R. Partington's A Short History of Chemistry is not available as an ebook (nor is his definitive multivolume set). The paperback is widely available used. It is accurate and thorough but if you were looking for flair or something about the curious characters of the scientists involved, you should probably look elsewhere.
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Anybody got any recommendations for an e-book title on the history of Chemistry? I'm watching the series Chemistry: A Volatile History on BBC Four and it's great.
Great series, I've just been catching it on IPlayer.

I don't know of any specifically chemistry based but there are lots of good broad histories of science.

Two I'd recommend are:

Science: A History: 1534-2001 by John Gribbin

and

Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes

both of which are fascinating for different reasons. Gribbins book is probably more a straight history with more of the chemistry talked about in that series.

Both are published as ebooks in various places.
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