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Old 05-22-2011, 12:10 PM   #166
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Recently I've read "Natural Acts" by David Quammen -a writer on natural history. Its a collection of his early essays and is quite good. I've also read "Song of the Dodo" by him-even better . Look up Quammen on Amazon HERE.

Stephen Jay Gould was a great science essayist who frequently disagreed with a favorite here, Dawkins. A lot of vhis stuff isn't on Kindle, but you can check his work HERE.

Dunno if "The Elegant Universe" was mentioned, but that was pretty ace. Looky here , the Kindle edition is only $2.11. Grab it HERE.

On the same page is Isaacson's biography of Einstein. It was universally well regarded, and you might want to try it if you are an Einstein admirer (and which intelligent person isn't?)
"At the Water's Edge" by Carl Zimmer was superb, but its only avaiable as a pbook. He has a couple of newer ones , like "Brain Cuttings" and "Planet of Viruses" but I don't know how good they are. I'll check out the samples.

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Old 05-24-2011, 09:39 AM   #167
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Ira Flatow of NPR's Science Friday has up a summer reading list of science books HERE


That ought to satisfy your science reading itch for a while.
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:12 PM   #168
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Carl Zimmer's Planet of Viruses is a great book.
(Viruses consume over half of the ocean's bacteria every day and over half of our DNA is material from viruses.)
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Old 05-25-2011, 08:13 AM   #169
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Finished Packing for Mars a while ago and can definitely recommend it.

Has anyone read Kaku's latest, Physics of the Future? I've enjoyed all his books especially Einstein's Cosmos.
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Old 05-25-2011, 12:14 PM   #170
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Read his Physics of the impossible. Recommended.
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Old 05-25-2011, 01:26 PM   #171
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:26 PM   #172
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Read his Physics of the impossible. Recommended.
Just put it on my TBR list.

You know, this is a very interesting thread. We should push to have it become a sticky.
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+1. Would also like the Crime Fiction Thread to be a Sticky. OK, moderators?
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Agree!!
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Just checked and Physics of the Future is available in our local libraries as an eBook and I have my name on the list. Will read as soon as my name comes up.

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Just put it on my TBR list.

You know, this is a very interesting thread. We should push to have it become a sticky.
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+1. Would also like the Crime Fiction Thread to be a Sticky. OK, moderators?
The list of stickies is growing rather long, but dreams came up with a great idea. There is now a new (closed) sticky thread in Reading Recommendations called Recommendations for Your Favorite Book Genre that contains links to the Science ebook recommendations thread, the Crime Fiction Recommendations thread, and many others.

Although this is a closed thread, if you have recommendations of threads that you think should be added to the list, simply go to Recommendations for Your Favorite Book Genre and click on the "report post" icon and make your suggestion.

And I bet you thought we were ignoring you!
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Old 06-18-2011, 09:15 AM   #178
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Help!

Trying to buy the Dan Falk book, In Search of Time: Journeys along a Curious Dimension but the Sony site says that it is only available in Canada. However they do offer In Search of Time: The History, Physics, and Philosophy of Time by Falk.

Question is: Is this the same book with a slightly different title? Maybe the first is the Canadian version and this is the US version. The Kobo site only lists this book and not the 'Curious Dimension' version
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Question is: Is this the same book with a slightly different title?
It seems to be. Amazon and B&N are selling the ebook (and the hardback) in the US as In Search of Time: The Science of a Curious Dimension, but they also have a paperback, listed separately, with the title In Search of Time: The History, Physics, and Philosophy of Time. The reviews are the same, and the cover is the same except for the title.
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It seems to be. Amazon and B&N are selling the ebook (and the hardback) in the US as In Search of Time: The Science of a Curious Dimension, but they also have a paperback, listed separately, with the title In Search of Time: The History, Physics, and Philosophy of Time. The reviews are the same, and the cover is the same except for the title.
It is. Just downloaded it and it does have the same title
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