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Einstein's Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius
Based on the description, I was excited to read this book because I thought it was going to focus on Einstein's thought process. Wouldn't that be grea...more
Jan 2011
Apr 02, 2011
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
The author makes no bones about having an agenda, but he supports it by many detailed explorations about ecological factors in the collapse of several...more
Jan 2006
Aug 12, 2007
Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind
This starts off as an extremely good book about the author's direct experience and experiments dealing with the phenomenon of phantom limbs. It discus...more
Nov 2008
Dec 31, 2008
Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think
A collection of essays from programmers, some about beautiful aspects of code, some about how a programmer thought about a problem, and some about wha...more
Nov 2007
Nov 19, 2007
Microbe Hunters
A story of the discovery and research of microbes as known in 1926. The book is great in showing how real science happens. It describes the mind numbi...more
Oct 2007
Oct 26, 2007
The Physics of Superheroes
Fantastic! A surprisingly thorough overview of physics told with many many illustrations from super hero comics. Sprinkle with a bit of multiplication...more
Apr 2008
Dec 18, 2008
The Infinity Puzzle: Quantum Field Theory and the Hunt for an Orderly Universe
Spends A LOT of time focused on who and when theories were proposed (with emphasis on who should get the credit) and not so much on the content of the...more
Jan 2012
Aug 26, 2012
Towing Icebergs Falling Dominoes: And Other Adventures in Applied Mathematics
There are several books about recreational mathematics (puzzles) and a smaller number on the history of mathematics. This book and its sequel are the...more
Jan 2005
Oct 02, 2007
Bitter EJB
I really liked this book's approach. It presents problems first (the "bitter" part) in a very concrete manner and then ways of dealing with those prob...more
Nov 2008
Dec 31, 2008
Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul
A journalist's retelling of the evolution vs creationism struggle in Dover, 2002-2005. Humes does a good job of describing the people and the history...more
Aug 2007
Aug 21, 2007
Slicing Pizzas, Racing Turtles: And Further Adventures in Applied Mathematics
This is not a book of math puzzles or math history. This is a book primarily about applied mathematics, or what "word problems" look like in the real...more
Oct 2007
Oct 02, 2007
Find the Bug: A Book of Incorrect Programs
A great book with a simple concept. 5 languages, 10 short programs in each language, and the reader gets to work out his mental muscles finding a bug...more
Jan 2007
Jan 22, 2008
POJOs in Action: Developing Enterprise Applications with Lightweight Frameworks
This is so far my favorite book explaining the POJO/TDD development philosophy. I like it because (a) it gives concrete examples of building a semi-re...more
Jan 2007
Aug 12, 2007
Adobe Flex 2: Training from the Source [With CDROM]
Rather than teaching the fundamentals, this book walks you through specific projects. I dislike this form of teaching because I always find that withi...more
Jan 2010
Feb 21, 2010
Understanding Telephone Electronics
Good coverage of the fundamentals from the telephone itself through the various levels of phone company offices. Includes coverage of historical syste...more
Jun 2007
Aug 12, 2007
Jan 2008
Dec 15, 2008
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