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Science and Technology "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." - Carl Sagan.

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Old February 28 2011, 07:31 AM   #91
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

"Trilobite!" by Richard Fortey. It's an amazing book that follows the evolution of trilobites and their journey from the sea to the land.
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Old March 22 2011, 04:40 AM   #92
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

Some of my favorites:

A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
The Astronomer's Universe Herbert Friedman
In Search of Schroedinger's Cat John Gribbin
The Cosmic Code Heinz Pagels
Black Holes and Time Warps Kip Thorne

All of which I own and read cover to cover.
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Old June 30 2011, 08:59 AM   #93
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond Its a science, geography, anthropology, history etc. book. Its awesome. Its about the different factors, mainly geography, that explain how and when different civilizations come about.
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Old July 19 2011, 03:20 PM   #94
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

"Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe", by Peter Ward and Donald E. Brownlee. It certainly shits in the Cheerios of the "ET true believahs", but it's nice to shake up your perceptions, so I'd recommend you give it a look. It's a very impressive piece of work.
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Old August 4 2011, 09:19 AM   #95
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

These are my favourites:

The Fountains of Paradise -by Sir Arthur C Clarke.

2001: A Space Odyssey- by Sir Arthur C Clarke.

2010: Odyssey Two- by Sir Arthur C Clarke.

2061: Odyssey Three- by Sir Arthur C Clarke.
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Old November 20 2011, 01:04 AM   #96
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Singularity_Is_Near
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Old July 16 2012, 07:46 PM   #97
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

it may be disputable whether experimental archeology would count as a science, but if you're interested in that field, I can wholeheartedly recommend all of Thor Heyerdahl's books. His theories on aquatic migration routes, based on building styles, specifically pyramids, may be overly bold, but at least he proved that with ancient boats these journeys were actually possible.
Also, he's a really good writer, entertaining and well-spoken, so that his books make a thrilling bedtime-read.
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Old July 21 2012, 08:20 PM   #98
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

This has already been covered most likely, but The Science of Science fiction is a must:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Science-Fict...2898266&sr=1-1
http://www.amazon.com/The-Science-Fi.../dp/1578860113
http://www.amazon.com/The-Science-Fi.../dp/1932100482

Sadly the general message is--the cooler a concept is--the less likely it is possible.
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Old June 23 2013, 07:50 AM   #99
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.


Norton's Star Atlas and Reference Handbook: And Reference Handbook, 20th Edition by Ian Ridpath (Oct 7, 2003)
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Old February 25 2014, 01:40 AM   #100
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From Dust to Life: The Origin and Evolution of Our Solar System John Chambers (Author), Jacqueline Mitton (Author)

If your interest is in the evolution of the solar system, the planets and life, you should read this. It's excellent and up to date. Be forewarned, you need at least a little science background to understand it, but I would imagine anyone that posts in a science forum on a Star Trek board would have no problem with it. He really details things very well. This has turned out to be a real page turner for me.

$16.17 for the Kindle version, I have no idea what buying the book would cost.
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Old February 26 2014, 12:42 PM   #101
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My favourite book is too specific to be of interest to any of you, but just in case you wondered what my preferred bedside book is: Chironomidae Larvae - Volume 3 - Aquatic Orthocladiinae
I couldn't actually say why the Orthocladiinae are my favourites. I met the author, Henk, about 15 years ago and his enthusiasm for Chironomids was so infectuous that I completely fell for this often neglected group of midges. And when I had my first member of the Orthocladiinae family under the microscope I got hopelessly hooked
Don't they just have awesome teeth? Effective, esthetically pleasing and a good means to distinguish the species:

(my favourite: Prodiamesa olivacea. The only Chironomid with whiskers )
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