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Marooned in Realtime by Vernor Vinge
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I love all of Vernor Vinge's books, but I've never known him to write such a page-turner! With a cold, rainy weekend to kill, I read this cover-to-cover. As with all of Vinge's books, there are a few core ideas (the Bobbles, the Singularity) which he ...more
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A Genetic Switch, Phage Lambda Revisited by Mark Ptashne
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A detailed look at gene regulation in the simplest of model organisms, a virus which infects the E. Coli bacterium. Its 2,000 base pair genome is simple enough that it can be understood in its entirety.

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1491 by Charles C. Mann
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I'd always heard that Smallpox and other European diseases had been devastating to native populations. But I'd never realized the extent of the damage until reading this book. According to 1491, they wiped out something like 90–95% of the population. ...more
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"Everyone who lives in the Americas ought to read this book, particularly during Thanksgiving when schools impart our mythology to the next generation.

In writing this, Charles Mann intended to simply summarize the consensus opinion of modern resear..." Read more of this review »
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