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

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Old August 8 2006, 09:11 AM   #46
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

thestrangequark said:
Likely some of you have experienced that somewhat exasperated look that strikes the face of your friend or loved one when you try to talk physics. Or maybe I have just been unlucky to have not met many others who get so excited about an electron being everywhere at once. I have just joined this forum -- I can't believe what I have been missing!
Yes, I've experienced that look many times, although right now I'm lucky enough to be living in a town with lots of science geeks around...

Hopefully you won't get that "look" here! Welcome to the forum.
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Old August 8 2006, 08:27 PM   #47
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

Thanks!
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Old August 13 2006, 03:15 AM   #48
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

I'm surprised noone's yet mentioned:

Faster Than the Speed of Light by João Magueijo.

I found this an excellent read.
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Old August 13 2006, 03:34 AM   #49
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

The Republican War on Science.

Chilling stuff, IMHO.
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Old September 19 2006, 04:48 PM   #50
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

1001001 said:
The Republican War on Science.

Chilling stuff, IMHO.
Yes. It is.

In happier news, may I recommend Kitty Fergusen (I hope I'm spelling that correctly) "Fire in the Equations"?
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Old September 27 2006, 09:31 PM   #51
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'A Brief History of Time' Hawking
'The God particle' Lederman
'From Atoms to Quarks' Trefil
'Cosmos' Sagan

Anyone who visits the hard-science portions of this BBS should enjoy basic quantum physics.
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Old October 3 2006, 06:30 PM   #52
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I just got started on The Man Who Loved Only Numbers, a biography of Paul Erdos. Most non-mathematicians won't know the name, but he had a reputation as one of the most eccentric (and most brilliant) mathematicians ever. He didn't even have a home; he would show up at another mathematician's house, unannounced, and say, "My brain is open," and just walk in and ... take root there. And since the host inevitably got his name as a collaborator on a brilliant paper, no one minded too much.
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Old March 11 2007, 11:02 AM   #53
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

Books that changed the way I think about the universe...er..."'verse""

Cosmos, Demon Haunted World, & Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, by Sagan.

Really dated, but The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski, especially the chapter entitled "Knowledge or Certainty?"

The Selfish Gene & The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins

The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley...anything by Eiseley, for that matter...
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Old March 11 2007, 02:02 PM   #54
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

Having mainly a mathematics background, my favorite physics books tend towards the more math intensive. My top three books are:
  1. Techniques of Differential Topology in Relativity by Roger Penrose
  2. Gravitation by Charles Misner, Kip Thorne and John Wheeler
  3. Large Scale Structure of Space-Time by Stephen Hawking and GFR Ellis
I also like both Gravitational Curvature and The Geometry of Physics by Theodore Frankel, but I'm most likely a little bias towards them as he was a professor in the math department at my school.
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Old March 11 2007, 10:18 PM   #55
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

If you feel you want something like A Brief History, but more mathsy (if you can cope with maths up to degree level, or early degree level, and can remember it all. He starts out quite benignly), I could recommend The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe by Roger Penrose.

It's a thick volume that's quite heavy going in the later chapters. If you understand it all completely you should probably think about getting tenure as a Physics Professor. However, if you're looking for more of a challenge than Brief History, it's a good read...

But if you do get though it, you'll have a much more profound understanding of modern thinking on the universe than BHOT or a book written in Layman's English could ever supply.


Another suggestion for people who are interested in the nature of computing, information theory, and some of the more obscure parts of mathematics... Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Doug Hofstadter is an excellent, intriguing page-turner. It's a bit out-of-date (predicting that a computer will never beat a human at Chess!), but nonetheless, well worth a read in paperback form...
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Old March 22 2007, 01:27 PM   #56
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

Great idea for a thread.

I have added a bunch of these books to my Amazon wish list.

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Old April 12 2007, 01:59 AM   #57
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century by Michio Kaku.

There are all kinds of interesting (and sometimes outlandish) predictions in this book if you're into futurology.
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Old April 13 2007, 01:37 AM   #58
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

I don't suppose I could list the TNG Tech Manual here?

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Old May 2 2007, 06:13 PM   #59
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

Please allow me to jump in on the Sagan-wagon, since most of his endeavors were the most accessible and thought-provoking works of “popular science”, but I would like to suggest two of his works that have not been mentioned yet: Pale Blue Dot – A Vision of the Human Future in Space, and Dragons of Eden.

In addition, some of the others that come to mind:

The Panda's Thumb – More Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould

The Case for Mars by Robert Zubrin

The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking.
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Old June 14 2007, 07:30 PM   #60
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Re: Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

^^^^^
Another yet-to-be-mentioned Sagan book I'd recommedn is The Cosmic Connection. If you ever feel your sense of wonder flagging, just page through this one for awhile and it'll come back.
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