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Old 10-23-2010, 08:08 PM   #136
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Scanned this whole thread. Maybe I missed it but just in case.....

Bad Science by Ben Goldacre.

Everyone has to read this. It will put you in exactly the right frame of mind to read any of the other "popular science" titles. This book will open your eyes big time. I have paper copy of this and I tout it around everyone. If we all took the contents of this on board it might not change the world but it would put a lot of lying charlatan's back in the gutter they came from.......
I live in hope:-)
That sounds like a good book, and it appears to have received good reviews from websites like Nature and New Scientist. That having been said....



Is there a magic pill you can take to keep from constantly repeating yourself?

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Old 10-23-2010, 09:36 PM   #137
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That sounds like a good book, and it appears to have received good reviews from websites like Nature and New Scientist. That having been said....



Is there a magic pill you can take to keep from constantly repeating yourself?
Yeah he does go on a bit:-) He should stick to writing (like most people on you tube).

If you really need video about this kind of thing, try this:-)


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Old 10-24-2010, 10:09 AM   #138
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Two excellent reads not specifically scientific but rather biographical accounts of two of the greats minds of all time:

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson

Both really offer insight into true genius and show them warts and all...I was somewhat familar with Einstein's life and times but really did not know much about Oppie, now I do!!

If you enjoy pure science and the humanity that often gets taken for granted when looking at the minds behind the science.
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:16 AM   #139
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Oppenheimer was a quite interesting character and was totally abused in his later years at the hands of the government.
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yeah, Kenny...the book really gets into that part of things. The nice part was all of the ground work leading up to his vilification is covered to help the reader understand the context and exactly what was done to him. And it was all done pretty much with the same excuses used to justify things today.

Sadly I think if Einstein was not so old at the time, likely once done with him the government would have gone after him as well.
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Old 10-24-2010, 12:25 PM   #141
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yeah, Kenny...the book really gets into that part of things. The nice part was all of the ground work leading up to his vilification is covered to help the reader understand the context and exactly what was done to him. And it was all done pretty much with the same excuses used to justify things today.

Sadly I think if Einstein was not so old at the time, likely once done with him the government would have gone after him as well.
Except that the potential Jewish backlash might have stopped it in it's tracks.
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Old 10-24-2010, 12:28 PM   #142
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Edit: I thought this was available for the Kindle but I was looking at the wrong website and it's only available as an ebook from Amazon.uk.
Surely in that case, then, it is available for the Kindle?
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:21 PM   #143
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:13 AM   #144
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:04 AM   #145
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Cassidy mentioned the Brian Green book in the What we're reading thread. Don't know more that that.

I'm currently reading "Stiff" by Mary Roach and loving it....well except for the smell.
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I am reading Objectivity by Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison. The social aspects of science is a subject I find fascinating. We tend to think of science as something pure and eternal, when in fact it is a social construction as much as anything else human. Which doesn't mean that the findings of science are all relative and impermanent, but that what we find and how we get to it depends in large parts of how we see the world and what we think science should or shouldn't be.

This is the second book by Lorraine Daston I read (the first was Wonders and the Order of Nature), and I like her outlook and the way she writes, and the subjects she chooses. This is a somewhat arduous but very rewarding read.
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Thanks for that Florence! I'll check it out!
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Thanks for that Florence! I'll check it out!
I have a couple of other recommendations on that subject, if you're interested
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I have a couple of other recommendations on that subject, if you're interested
Always interested in recommendations. May not get to them right away, but always interested.
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