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Perspective from Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

I recently finished Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, a slim little volume introducing readers to relativity (special and general), quantum mechanics, particle physics, heat, time, and our place in the universe.   As it’s less than a hundred pages I don’t … Continue reading

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A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science

The Canon: A whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science© 2007 Natalie Angier293 pages Science is amazing! Why is so much of the writing about it so lame?   Natalie Angier’s The Canon first reviews the principles of scientific thinking … Continue reading

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Electric Universe

Electric Universe: The Shocking True Story of Electricity© 2005 David Bodanis308 pages When you’re in the dark, and you want to see, you need Electricity, E-LEC-TRICITY! (School House Rock, “Electricity“) Every now and again, I misjudge a book and find … Continue reading

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The Grand Design

The Grand Design© 2010 Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow198 pages Though modern physics is considerably harder to understand than say, anthropology, I continue to be fascinated by it — for physics, it seems to me, is the most fundamental science. … Continue reading

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Black Holes and Baby Universes

Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays © 1993 Stephen Hawking 182 pages Well, this is one book that recquires very little explaination. It’s a book of essays written by Stephen Hawking, most of them being on scientific topics. … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time from the Big Bang to Black Holes© 1988 Stephen Hawking198 Our minds can play tricks on us: my experience with this book is a case in point. I remember vividly being at a big chain … Continue reading

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Atom

Atom: Journey Across the Subatomic Cosmos© 1997 Isaac Asimov300ish pages Last week I wanted to read a little science, and my eyes fell upon — as luck would have it — Atom by Isaac Asimov. The book is an informal … Continue reading

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Science Frontiers

Science Frontiers: 1945 –Ray Spangenburg and Diane Kit Moser © 2004246 pages including indexThis week I resumed my reading of Spangenburg and Moser’s updated “History of Science” series, finishing it off with Science Frontiers, which examines science since 1946. After … Continue reading

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Modern Science

Modern Science 1896 – 1945© 2004 Ray Spangenburg and Diane Kit Moser206 pages I continued this week in a series that I began in the summer — Spangenburg and Moser’s “The History of Science” series, which is an update to … Continue reading

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This Week at the Library (31/7)

Books this Update: The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx Nine Tales from Tomorrow, Isaac Asimov Building a Bridge to the Eighteenth Century, Neil Postman Books that Changed the World, Robert B. Downs The Elegant Universe, Brian Greene I mentioned a few … Continue reading

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