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David rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Diaspora by Greg Egan
Diaspora
by Greg Egan
read in November, 2014
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I love the super-technical approach in this book. There is a rich combination of hard-core chemistry, biology, particle physics, astronomy, cosmology, mathematics; and that is on top of technologies like super-computing, artificial intelligence and b ...more
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David rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark
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The first half of this book is a review of modern physics on the macro and micro scales. The second half of this book is a discussion of the author's speculation, that the universe is a mathematical structure. Max Tegmark is quite clear--he is not sa ...more
David rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1)
by Terry Pratchett
recommended to David by: Epicurus
read in November, 2014
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I enjoy reading science fiction and fantasy, but my mother always says that she does not. She claims that in this sort of book, the author can allow the characters to do "anything", and there are no set rules for the natural world to obey. I generall ...more
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Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky
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The term "cognitive surplus" refers to the surplus of "intellect, energy, and time" that people have. Since most people have a 40-hour work week, there they have surplus time on their hands to do as they wish. This is a very passive activity.

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David liked that Jason recommended Natural Selection in the Wild to David
Natural Selection in the Wild by John A. Endler
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David rated a book 3 of 5 stars
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
1Q84 (1Q84, #1-3)
by Haruki Murakami
read in November, 2014
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This imaginative novel has a host of characters, but there are three main characters: Aomame is a sports/physical therapy trainer, and Tengo, a writer/mathematician. The third key character is Fuka-Eri, a 17-year-old girl who grew up in a religious c ...more
David rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Lock In by John Scalzi
Lock In
by John Scalzi (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2014
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This is a fun, sci-fi mystery/detective story about rookie FBI agent Chris Shane, and his female partner. As a toddler, Shane was hit by a nasty epidemic disease that paralyzed him in the "Lock-In" condition. So, like the millions of others with this ...more
David rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Sharpe's Tiger by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Tiger (Sharpe, #1)
by Bernard Cornwell
read in November, 2014
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This excellent historical novel is the first in a series about Richard Sharpe, a soldier in the British army in 1799. The army is setting out to attack a city in southern India. Unfortunately, the leader of the city, the Tippoo, has set up a brillian ...more
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The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker
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I have enjoyed every one of Steven Pinker's books, and this one is no exception. Pinker writes engagingly, with humor, with intelligence, and with authority. He is the chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, so he has useful ins ...more
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“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but 'That's funny...”
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Arthur C. Clarke
“One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion. So now people assume that religion and morality have a necessary connection. But the basis of morality is really very simple and doesn't require religion at all.”
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Richard P. Feynman
“Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.”
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“Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.”
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2011 Reading Challenge
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2012 Reading Challenge
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2013 Reading Challenge
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