Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by TerriO, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. TimelessTrek

    TimelessTrek Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jul 2, 2007
    Delta Quadrant
    Hyperspace by Michio Kaku.
  2. cultcross

    cultcross The truth is precisely the opposite Moderator

    Jul 27, 2001
    I agree with a number of the choices so far, but I'm going to try and list new ones only.
    In Search of Schrödinger's Cat and its follow-up, Schrödinger's Kittens, both by John Gribben.
    Six Easy Pieces by Richard Feynman
    Nature via Nurture and Genome by Matt Ridley
    Field Notes from a Catastrophe: A Frontline Report on Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert
    Heat: How We Can Stop the Planet Burning by George Monbiot
  3. Sigma7

    Sigma7 Ensign Newbie

    Jul 21, 2005
    An American Genius: The Life of Ernest Orlando Lawrence , by Herbert Childs

    The History of Physics , by Issac Asimov
  4. jeff lebowski

    jeff lebowski Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 30, 2002
    West Des Moines, IA USA
    I want to thank you guys for recommmending the Sagan books. I just got done reading "The Demon Haunted World" and I loved every minute of it.

    Since then, I have gone a little Sagan crazy, and I've bought some more of his books and his series Cosmos on DVD.

    He seems to have the exact same philosophy on life as I do.

    The book really spoke to me.

    Thanks again!
  5. betz

    betz Cadet Newbie

    Sep 26, 2007
  6. Chris_Johnston

    Chris_Johnston Captain Captain

    Jul 3, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks for reminding me that I need to bust out Kip Thorne's Black Holes & Time Warps and take another stab at it!
    For some reason I just never got around to reading it cover-to-cover, but every now & then I flip through it just to marvel at the wonderful illustrations!
    I also love the story about the bet he made with Hawking about whether Cygnus X-1 is a black hole or not. :guffaw:

    Another title I like is Fred Alan Wolf's Taking the Quantum Leap.
  7. dreadnought

    dreadnought Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Nov 22, 2007
    Hypergalactic Bypass somewhere near you
    If you want a really good book that requires a "little" mathematical understanding, but want to know what this science thing is all about and why we mathematicians don't always agree with our fellow scientists then,

    "Foundations of Science" by Henri Poincare is the book you should read. This is a classic in its own right, but if you want to play with the universe, Poincare should be first on your list, because he's the one who invented Topology (well, he didn't invent it, but he certainly defined it). It's because of him that a triangle is looked at as a circle and a coffee cup as a donut.

    While I'd also reccommend Riemann, he requires considerable mathematical knowledge to fathom, but if you want to have a fun twist to add to your vision of the universe, then read this book.

    Also, now that it is public domain, you can go to google books and get it as pdf. Once you read this book you'll understand somewhat what Einstein was talking about. But Poincare did it first.
  8. Mark de Vries

    Mark de Vries Commodore Commodore

    Jul 23, 2001
    Groningen, the Netherlands
    I'm reading W. David Woods' How Apollo Flew To The Moon, which is a detailed introduction of the physics and engineering of the Apollo program. It discusses every stage of the lunar missions, from inception, via launch, orbit, landing and return to Earth, and also explains the how and why of the decisions made and techniques used. Very interesting.
  9. Flavius

    Flavius Vice Admiral Admiral

    Oct 23, 2004
    Flavius in Eternal Spring
    One of my alltime favorites is Summa Technologiae, by Stanislaw Lem.
  10. MikeGainer

    MikeGainer too fat to fish Fleet Captain

    Sep 13, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    If anybody is looking for a descriptive history of the personal computer, "Fire in the Valley" by by Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine. Its a bit outdated (doesn't include the Google-era) but its worth the read.
  11. Dayton3

    Dayton3 Admiral

    Feb 5, 2001
    Monticello, AR. United States of America
    The Case for Mars by Robert Zubrin
  12. All Seeing Eye

    All Seeing Eye Admiral

    Sep 24, 2000
    The Astral Light Realms
    Fraggle Rock: Uncle Travelling Matt goes to Mars by Jim Henson.
  13. CaptainDonovin

    CaptainDonovin Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jul 8, 2006
    Labrador City. woof
    Haven't read this one yet but intend to soon because it is facinating to me. I added a bit of a snippet from it as to what it's about but being a history junkie this grabbed my attention. After I read it (likely this month) I'll give my thoughts on it. Just been putting it off because it is pricy.

    The Forgotten Revolution: How Science was Born in 300 BC and why it Had to be Reborn - By Lucio Russo

    The third and second centuries BC witnessed, in the Greek world, a scientific and technological explosion. Greek culture had reached great heights in art, literature and philosophy already in the earlier classical era, but it was in the age of Archimedes and Euclid that science as we know it was born, and gave rise to sophisticated technology that would not be seen again until the 18th century. This scientific revolution was also accompanied by great changes and a new kind of awareness in many other fields, including art and medicine. What were the landmarks in the meteoric rise of science 2300 years ago? Why are they so little known today, even among scientists, classicists and historians? How do they relate to the post-1500 science that we are familiar with from school? What led to the end of ancient science? These are the questions that this book discusses, in the belief that the answers bear on choices we face today.
  14. dillon3001

    dillon3001 Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Mar 11, 2008
    Memory Alpha
    The Giant Leap by Adrian Berry

    A great book (in my opinion) on why intersteller travel will happen and why its a good idea.

    Moonrush: Improving life on Earth with the Moon's Resources by Dennis Wingo

    Another good read on utilizing the moon and asteriods as resources we can use to better life on this planet

    These 2 are the most current books ive purchased and read as of late, but from reading this particular threat, theres ALOT more out there. I also have an older Carl Sagan book "The Cosmic Connection" that i 'borrowed' from my mom ;)
  15. Sean Aaron

    Sean Aaron Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 29, 2007
    Glasgow, Scotland
    This is mine as well. Much of the conclusions as to the nature of the organisms discussed were overturned not too long after the initial publication, but what he says about the misinterpretations of Darwin's theory and the mechanism of evolution is really good stuff -- as well as the copius illustrations.

    Fortey's Trilobite! led me to Gould and is also nicely done.
  16. Carpe Occasio

    Carpe Occasio Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Apr 24, 2008
    the edge of forever
    Coming of Age in the Milky Way (Timothy Ferris)

    E=MC2 (David Bodanis)

    Zero (Charles Seife)

    The Universe and Dr. Einstein (Lincoln Barnett)

    The Handy Physics Answer Book (P. Erik Gundersen)

    Physics of the Impossible (Michio Kaku)

    The Hot Zone (Richard Preston)
  17. fancier

    fancier Ensign Newbie

    Aug 2, 2008
    yes............we all need that.........
  18. I posted this in another thread so I'll just copy and paste it here as well:

    They really need to make Carl Sagan's "The Demon Haunted World" mandatory reading for adults and children alike. You shouldn't be allowed out of your home or allowed to own a computer without having read Sagan's book first.

    They should make you read it and then take a test on it's content and then issue you a license.....
  19. opali

    opali Captain Captain

    Jul 22, 2008
    In the Land of Grown Ups
    My Inventions

    is Nikola Tesla's autobiography. Though not an overly technical read, it is interesting to have a peek at this visionary's 'inner workings,' He was a disturbed man, I think, and given to drama (for the sake of the press) late in his life. But no doubt he was absolutely brilliant.
  20. Cooter Brown

    Cooter Brown Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 18, 2001
    Many of my favorites have already been mentioned directly, or at least overlap with those that have. I'll add one that, I'm ashamed to admit, I didn't read until earlier this year.

    The Discoverers by Daniel Boorstin provides a chronological framework for advances in technology made over the last 3000 years. Subjects range from clocks and navigation to medicine and the information sciences.

    Nothing is covered in tremendous depth, of course, but the variety of topics is great enough that even the most devoted student of the history of technology will learn many new things.