My evil plan of reading this book in small doses aloud to my students during math class has worked. Several of them have bought their own copies, andMy evil plan of reading this book in small doses aloud to my students during math class has worked. Several of them have bought their own copies, and they are, I believe, planning to use their math skills for good, and not for world domination....more

Amazing!! So many bits and pieces of history from around the world placed in context. However, be warned this is an awkward book to read. The thick glAmazing!! So many bits and pieces of history from around the world placed in context. However, be warned this is an awkward book to read. The thick glossy paper in the paperback edition, is awesome for pictures, but catches glare just wrong when you are trying to read. And the size is not very friendly. All that is lost in the many wonderful new trivia bits that I added to my brain....more

I think I am in love with Mark Watney, and his "I must do it" attitude. Who wouldn't want the best engineer, botanist and D&D player on the entireI think I am in love with Mark Watney, and his "I must do it" attitude. Who wouldn't want the best engineer, botanist and D&D player on the entire planet....more

I love how Michio Kaku starts out with some improbable far flung idea from my favorite science fiction books and movies to tantalize the reader with tI love how Michio Kaku starts out with some improbable far flung idea from my favorite science fiction books and movies to tantalize the reader with that magical 'what if' that is the hallmark of all good SCIENCE fiction, and then moves on to illustrate with current science, reference to the laws of physics and reasonable extrapolation, how the future could bring us closer to that 'what if'.

He does not shirk from the role that militarization plays in scientific research, which I appreciated in bringing his contagious scientific optimism into check....more

If you want to bake an apple pie on Mars You must first understand the stars. Tyson inspires spirit, mind and heart Making me wish I could re-start.

I wouIf you want to bake an apple pie on Mars You must first understand the stars. Tyson inspires spirit, mind and heart Making me wish I could re-start.

I would go far back in time Forgoing the study of rhyme Becoming a smart astronaut Bookseller? Math teacher? Not!

It is far to late now for me, time's arrow, crushing reality, My students must realize my dream Loving space will be my year's theme....more

Some amazing tats here. A beautiful book. The personal stories moved me. These people celebrating important milestones in their careers with depictionSome amazing tats here. A beautiful book. The personal stories moved me. These people celebrating important milestones in their careers with depictions of the things that motivated them....more

A fantastic overview of math history. I would have liked to set the math in context with the history of the times, but there was just enough of that tA fantastic overview of math history. I would have liked to set the math in context with the history of the times, but there was just enough of that to keep me happy. I found several short easy projects that I could do with my students, a wealth of math quotes to make a nerd swoon, and a couple of interesting discussions. For people afraid of math, I assure you, you can read the opening part of each chapter, get a sense for the historical context and significance and than skip on. The math has been neatly corralled so as not to scare you to much.

I am not scared of math, but I do not find it interesting to read. I worked out a couple of minor proofs along with the author/math genius he was writing about, but I did not attempt to read all of the math. I skimmed the math, and read the historical bits, and I, in my capacity as math teacher am giving you permission to do the same.

I became curious about Ricci curvature and tried to investigate the math, but I had to settle for just barely scratching the surface. I understood itI became curious about Ricci curvature and tried to investigate the math, but I had to settle for just barely scratching the surface. I understood it enough to see how it relates to relativity, and I had the question answered that I read the book for, which is how math=bomb. And I had a new understanding of Einstein Bose condensates. I will never watch the wave at a baseball game the same way again.

And I discovered a curmudgeon to rival Babbage. "I do not mind if you think slowly, but I do object when you publish more quickly than you think." Wolfgang Puali...more

Standing on the shoulders of giants, seems to be the only way science can work. Every new idea and path, produces information, even when proved wrongStanding on the shoulders of giants, seems to be the only way science can work. Every new idea and path, produces information, even when proved wrong or false. Any curiosity explored, any question that begs an answer, can be steps towards a refined understanding.

Besides making clear iterative science at its best when it comes to neurology, Zimmer also placed historical events (I am embarrassed to admit that these events are most clear to me through my reading of Outlander) against a backdrop of scientific discovery, which I am more familiar with than the ascension of English Royalty. I found that fascinating, as it helped my brain in the iterative process of learning.

I have also decided that I must explore the life of Christopher Wren; and I wouldn't mind learning more about Hooke and Boyle either....more

After a failed attempt to understand the math of Ricci curvatures, I had to satisfy myself with understanding just a bit of relativity. I also managedAfter a failed attempt to understand the math of Ricci curvatures, I had to satisfy myself with understanding just a bit of relativity. I also managed to eke out some small comprehension of Einstein Bose condensates. My favorite part comes in the form of a quote by physicist Wolfgang Pauli. "I do not mind if you think slowly, but I do object when you publish more quickly than you can think.". Move over Babbage, we have a new math curmudgeon....more

Scientists behaving badly. I am somewhat dismayed to find that the famous Newton quote about standing on the shoulders of giants may have been a slighScientists behaving badly. I am somewhat dismayed to find that the famous Newton quote about standing on the shoulders of giants may have been a slight dig at another scientist, instead of an acknowledgement of the iterative nature of discovery.

Although, I have read many books about Newton, and I have to say that the acerbic interpretation does fit a little better than a starry eyed thank you to previous scientists....more

My favorite quote so far, "He inserted some older mathematical work on conic sections, apparently simply because he had it lying around."

I finished thMy favorite quote so far, "He inserted some older mathematical work on conic sections, apparently simply because he had it lying around."

I finished this on the plane to Portland, and I learned an amazing amount about counterfeiting. I was hoping to learn a bit more about minting, alchemy or the deductive process that Newton used to stop counterfeiters. The early part about Newton's academic career was fascinating....more