Recommend your favorite Science or Technology book.

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

  1. Santaman

    Santaman Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 27, 2001
    Mr Scott's guide to the Enterprise by Shane Johnson. :bolian:
  2. rramarr

    rramarr Commander Red Shirt

    Mar 21, 2009
    In dark matter
    My first favorite too

    My second favorite!
  3. FlyingLemons

    FlyingLemons Vice Admiral Admiral

    Apr 7, 2009
    Los Angeles
    The New Time Travellers by David Toomey. I always find popsci books a little basic, but on the other hand it's a nice introduction to the theories of time travel that modern physics has come up with.

    Plus, with time travel and parallel universes being back in fashion in the world of Trek, it serves as a nice primer on some of the theories behind these things...
  4. plague

    plague Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Mar 16, 2009
    Ann Arbor, MI
    I agree with this one and recommend it. Although I seem to recall that one or more of the theories in it are now out of date.

    I also recommend How Computers Work by Ron White and Timothy Edward Downs. I was looking for a very beginner computer book for someone, that started with the fundamentals, and this was the best I could find. I think that once you learn the concepts of how they work, it's much easier to start learning how to actually operate them and maintain them.
  5. Daedalus12

    Daedalus12 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 9, 2002
    Transatlantic Flights
    Bate, Mueller and White's classic text on the Fundamentals of Astrodynamics.

    No it's not a pop science book. It's a certainly a goldmine for any aspiring astronomy or aerospace eng. students. I used this as a student but I think it's also good for anyone who is just curious about orbital mechanics.
  6. ring

    ring Guest

    A brief history of time......anytime.....:techman:
  7. suphwed55

    suphwed55 Guest

    Hi,I am new to this site but will be humble enough to recommend a book on computer networking science and technology- Joint International Conference on Measurement and Modeling of Computer Systems (2006 : Saint Malo, France)

    Have a trial on the same.Beleive me it is very very informative.
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  8. firecrackerrrr

    firecrackerrrr Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Sep 14, 2010
    Vancouver, BC
    Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku really stands out for me (as well as Physics of the Impossible and Hyperspace by him as well), Feynman Lectures on Physics, The Character of Physical Law by Feynman is fantastic; Introduction to Quantum Theory (David Park), Scientists and Engineers, 5th edition, by Serway & Beichner, Black Holes and Time warps by Kip Thorne, Road to Reality (Penrose), The Flying Circus of Physics (Jearl Walker? Sp?), A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson), Isaac Newton (James Gleick), The Trouble With Physics (Lee Snolin? Forgot the spelling)......

    I also actually liked Universe in a Nutshell. Hawking is a fantastic physicist but perhaps not the greatest science educator. Brief/Briefer History of Time was fantastic but there's lots of disagreement when it comes to Universe in a Nutshell. I thought it was a great, though somewhat misunderstood and/or underappreciated book. I can see where he was going with it but I also admit it was poorly executed.
  9. MLJames

    MLJames Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Sep 26, 2010
    Riverbank, CA
    I recommend 13 Things That Don't Make Sense by Michael Brooks. It's a nice little book that looks at several subjects where the experimental data is at odds with what we know (or think we know) about how things work. For example, the flight paths of the two Pioneer spacecraft launched in the early 70s are deviating from what the laws of gravitation say they should be, and no one knows why.
  10. Shaw

    Shaw Commodore Commodore

    Feb 21, 2007
    Twin Cities
    There are four books which I'm pretty sure I'll never be without...
    Geometry: A Comprehensive Course by Dan Pedoe
    An Introduction to Differential Geometry by T. J. Willmore
    Riemannian Geometry by Manfredo P. do Carmo
    Topics in Algebra by I. N. Herstein​
    When I lost my original collection of math books, these were the first books I set out to re-acquire (except Topics in Algebra, which I had with me when I lost the rest) because they cover the aspects of mathematics I find most important.

    While I know most of what is covered in them (specially An Introduction to Differential Geometry and Riemannian Geometry), I always feel better having them within reach. And in the cases of Geometry and Topics in Algebra, they hold a lot of knowledge I'd really like to have a better mastery of than I currently possess.
  11. munwai

    munwai Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    Feb 20, 2011
    Class M planet
    "Trilobite!" by Richard Fortey. It's an amazing book that follows the evolution of trilobites and their journey from the sea to the land.
  12. RyanKCR

    RyanKCR Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 26, 2001
    RyanKCR is living here in Allentown
    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.
  13. MHT1138

    MHT1138 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Nov 14, 2010
    Scottsdale, AZ, USA
    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.
  14. Python Trek

    Python Trek Commodore Commodore

    Nov 30, 2004
    West Consin, People's Republic of America
    "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.
  15. xmen3

    xmen3 Guest

    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.
  16. RAMA

    RAMA Admiral Admiral

    Dec 13, 1999
    NJ, USA
  17. boohbarbodendron

    boohbarbodendron Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 1, 2011
    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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  18. publiusr

    publiusr Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 22, 2010
  19. desertstarlover

    desertstarlover Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    Nov 23, 2006
    Phoenix, Arizona - East Valley
  20. Spider

    Spider Dirty Old Man Premium Member

    May 23, 2004
    Lost in time

    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.