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A Short History of Nearly Everything
A Short History of Goodreads

Surveys show that nearly 40% of all Americans believe the history of literature started in 2007, when Amazon sold the firs
Jan 05, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
The Holy Bible (King James Version)
I've already done a review of the New Testament, so this one will focus on the first part of the book. Looking at other reviews, most of them seem to ...more
Jan 1975
Nov 22, 2009
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
(Joint review with JORDAN, who's actually finished the book)

- George?

- Mmm?

- Don't go to sleep.

- Mmm.

- You are going to sleep!

- Mm-mm.

- George, tell m
not set
Jun 06, 2009
What Pooh Might Have Said to Dante and Other Futile Speculations
Praise for What Pooh Might Have Said To Dante:

"...would make a great present for somebody who's never heard of GoodReads before, like maybe a caveman
Feb 2012
Mar 12, 2012
From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time

Read through the following dialogue between two people, A and B. Underline all the sentences which you ca
Jan 13, 2013
Jul 16, 2011
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning?

A: Actually, less than you'd think.

First, a little backgro
Sep 16, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
Critique of Pure Reason (Penguin Classics)

Turgid, dogmatic, overrated and well past its sell-by.


As Einstein exasperatedly said: if Kant had only been able to stop pontificating abou
Dec 29, 2013
Nov 30, 2013
Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference
This is a remarkably good book, and anyone who's remotely interested in claims that there might be inherent differences in mental function between men ...more
Aug 16, 2013
Jul 13, 2011
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Jared Diamond looks at several societies that have collapsed as a result of misusing their natural resources, plus a couple (Tokugawa period Japan is ...more
not set
Dec 10, 2008
The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
Francis Collins comes across as such a nice guy! He's clearly a very good molecular biologist - he led the Human Genome Project to a successful conclu ...more
May 13, 2012
May 13, 2012
The Selfish Gene
- What some people seem to find hard to understand is that there's a part of you, in fact the most important part, that's immaterial and immortal. You ...more
Jan 2008
Nov 22, 2008
Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe
The sense of beauty leads us astray.
- James Joyce, Ulysses
Physics is in a strange state right now. On the surface, things may seem to be going well; t
Mar 24, 2013
Feb 07, 2013
The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
On Monday, an old friend came round to lunch, and, while we were having a cup of tea in the living room, remarked on the number of Richard Dawkins boo ...more
Jul 2007
Nov 22, 2008
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
[Original review, written December 2008]

When I read this book, I remember thinking it was pretty interesting, but I am surprised how few insights I ha
Jan 2001
Dec 16, 2008
The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
Everyone's talking about this book, and I felt I had to check it out. I agree: it's definitely worth reading. In particular, it drove home, more effec ...more
Aug 19, 2010
Jul 17, 2010
The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
Many of my all-time favourite books make the list because they show you what it's like to be inside the mind of an extraordinary person. While you're ...more
Jul 04, 2011
Jun 17, 2009
The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us
I am distressed by the way that atheism, at least for some people, has managed to metamorphose into just another religion. As far as I am concerned, a ...more
Oct 03, 2013
Sep 18, 2013
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
I had seen so many references to Hume's Enquiry that I almost thought I had read it; but, when I actually got around to opening the book, I found as u ...more
Nov 13, 2014
Nov 14, 2014
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Foundations of the Unity of Science, Vol.II, no.2)
Scientists are so passionate about their work, and even if you're a scientist yourself it can sometimes take you by surprise to see just how passionat ...more
Feb 2013
Jan 24, 2013
A Short History of Nearly Everything
It's easy to nitpick A Short History of Nearly Everything. Bryson, by his own cheerful admission anything but a scientist, makes a fair number of mist ...more
Jan 05, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
- Now Hermann, have you quite finished preparing your lecture?

- I have, darling.

- You've practiced it?

- Three times, darling.

- I suppose it's about s
Mar 2014
Dec 09, 2013
Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
"Aaargh! No! Make it stop!"

That's my girlfriend, who's just been unwise enough to let me read her a paragraph of this book. But our guest K, a local n
Feb 22, 2014
Jan 01, 2014
Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem
I've spent a fair chunk of my life living in academia, and one thing academics do is go to conferences. I am deplorably familiar with the conference l ...more
Oct 21, 2014
Sep 07, 2014
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
As people who read books on evolutionary theory will know, mice sometimes exhibit bizarre behavior, fearlessly walking into the waiting jaws of cats. ...more
Aug 29, 2014
Aug 24, 2014
The Trouble With Physics: The Rise Of String Theory, The Fall Of A Science And What Comes Next
An interesting and well-written book. Smolin started out wanting to write about the sociology of research funding in the US. He is extremely worried a ...more
Sep 2007
Dec 01, 2008
Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law
[Original review, June 2009]

Just looking at the title gives you a large clue as to what this book is about. Woit is covering a lot of the same ground
Dec 27, 2014
Jun 09, 2009
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
I loved this book, though I think the title is a bit misleading. It's not really about economics. In fact, he's showing you what interesting things yo ...more
Jan 2006
Dec 20, 2008
The Grand Design
Look John look!
See the pop science bestseller.
See the glossy paper.
See the large font.
See the wide margins.
See the world-famous physicist.
See the ghos
Aug 10, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales
This book contains an extended, very sympathetic case-study of Temple Grandin, the world's most famous autistic person. I read it when my older son, J ...more
Jan 1997
Jan 16, 2009
Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story
Jessica Q. Rabbit, singer, model, movie star and high-flying academic, talks candidly to The Toon Town Times about Why Does the World Exist?

Jessica 1

TTT: Jess
Aug 08, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
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