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Old 11-08-2011, 01:48 PM   #256
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FYI: The ebook version of Carl Zimmer's highly recommended " Planet of Viruses" is down to 7.99 on Amazon. Its been on my WishList for a while, and I just may pull the trigger. It would be nice if they could Daily Deal it, but hey, that's probably too much to hope for.
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:03 AM   #257
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I just started reading "The Age of Empathy" by Frans de Waal. (I got it through the Singapore Public Libaray). It seems to be an interesting mix of the 'softer' side of Biology, with evolutionary reasoning and some perspectives on modern society.

I'd definitely recommend it as an intriguing read!!
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FYI: The ebook version of Carl Zimmer's highly recommended " Planet of Viruses" is down to 7.99 on Amazon. Its been on my WishList for a while, and I just may pull the trigger. It would be nice if they could Daily Deal it, but hey, that's probably too much to hope for.
If you have an Amazon credit card, ebooks, (and other downloadable content), gets you 10 points per $1, starting today. That's an extra 7% off.
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Old 11-25-2011, 06:38 PM   #259
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Anybody read Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet Is Unique by John Gribbin? Looks interesting.

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Old 11-27-2011, 07:02 PM   #260
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I just finished "The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today" and really enjoyed it. Inspired by http://popsciencebooks.com/best-biology-books, I'm now planning to read "Once and Future Giants: What Ice Age Extinctions Tell Us About the Fate of Earth’s Largest Animals"
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:30 PM   #261
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Great list of science books and authors here at RichardDawkins.net:

http://richarddawkins.net/pages/books#author_athomson
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Old 12-18-2011, 04:00 PM   #262
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Just read Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer and highly recommend it. Foer is a journalist who interviewed several participants in the US and World Memory Championships. He found it so interesting that he trained for and competed in the US and World games.

He describes the techniques (ex., elaborative encoding) which are fun to experiment with and actually work. Also the personalities involved are very interesting as well.

Book is well organized and very readable
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Old 12-18-2011, 04:37 PM   #263
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I just downloaded a sample, but based on your review, certainly not on the video interview on the Amazon page ("Author Interviews @Amazon Josh Foer", just below "Check Out Related Media"). That's possibly the worst interviewer I've ever seen.
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Old 12-18-2011, 05:49 PM   #264
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I was able to check out the eBook from the Fairfax Library and, like I said, found it very interesting and amusing in parts
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:27 PM   #265
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I'll confess that I didn't read through all the pages of this thread to see if this one had already been listed, but I did check the last few pages. Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today by David P. Clark - I'm enjoying it so far, very interesting.
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I'll confess that I didn't read through all the pages of this thread to see if this one had already been listed, but I did check the last few pages. Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today by David P. Clark - I'm enjoying it so far, very interesting.
Be sure and let us know what you think when you've finished it.
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:34 AM   #267
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I'll confess that I didn't read through all the pages of this thread to see if this one had already been listed, but I did check the last few pages. Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today by David P. Clark - I'm enjoying it so far, very interesting.
I really enjoyed that book.

I'd also recommend the book "On Intelligence" to anyone who is interested in how the brain works. One of the authors, formerly a chip designer at Intel turned biologist lays out his theory on how the brain works and why AI doesn't. The difference between this book and others on the brain is that it lays out a complete framework on how the brain works, rather than analysing any particular piece.

On Intelligence is from 2004, but the authors' theory is still a good one.
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Science books for kids (not necessarily ebooks):

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/...-on-your-list/
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A posting of someone's distilled list of the best Science Books of 2011. I'd argue that Job's bio is NOT a science book though...

http://popsciencebooks.com/psycholog...ooks-of-2011./

What may be of equal or more interest is the sources before distillation:

The 12 sources that have been used for this analysis:

Boston Globe: http://bostonglobe.com/arts/books/20...rAK/story.html
Cosmic Variance: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/co...shopping-list/
The Economist: http://www.economist.com/node/21541386
Financial Times: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/ebf6c...#axzz1haVdU9yX
The Globe: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...rticle2248133/
The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011...cience-reviews and http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011...istory-reviews
The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-en...s-6267502.html and http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-en...d-6267504.html
New Scientist: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/cu...s-of-2011.html
New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/22/bo...2011.html?_r=1
Physics World: http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/multimedia/48100
San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...RVDP1LTU88.DTL and http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...RVDP1LTU6G.DTL
Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifest...y.html#photo=1 and http://www.washingtonpost.com/entert...fiO_story.html
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I'd argue that Job's bio is NOT a science book though...
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