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Mind Over Matter: Conversations with the Cosmos

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The universe comes down to earth in K. C. Cole's Mind Over Matter, a fresh and witty exploration of physics, cosmology, mathematics, astronomy, and more. Like no other science writer, Cole demystifies scientific concepts and humanizes the people who study them. Beginning with a discussion of how "the mind creates reality as well as muddles it," she then peeks into the stor ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 17th 2004 by Mariner Books (first published 2003)
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Doris Jean
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those who like to skim the surface of scientific ideas.
If you know science well and think quickly and shallowly and like to skim over the surface of ideas, you may enjoy this book. This book is composed of short, two- to three-page chapters. It was extremely slow reading for me because it seemed choppy and shallow. I kept trying to see deeper, but no luck.

One example: there is one sentence stating that Archimedes discovered principles of floating. I thought he discovered how mass displaces water. In other words, if you sit in a bathtub, the water le
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Sunny
Mar 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Conversations with the cosmos! Comprised of short articles by K.C. Cole published in the LA times.
Jay R. shepard
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a very interesting compilation of short and informative essays about the space we occupy and more.
Carolyn
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I've never read anyone else so skilled at making science transparent to the lay person. I didn't like this as much as the book of hers I read last year, however, ("The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty"), purely I think because this book is much shorter, choppier pieces (most taken, I believe, from her columns in the Los Angeles Times). That said, I thought the last section " 'Political' Science" was very powerful and very right on the money. There's no bullshitting he ...more
Leila
Jan 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This book is really cute. I has short little essays on topcis such as "Interference" or "Love" or "Clouds" where KC Cole draws analogies from real life to explain the cosmos. I read a chapter everytime I use the bathroom :P and find its contents inspirational and neat to think about, and despite its simplicity, the clarity of the writing borderlines poetic.
Jaylia3
Jan 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great writer and interesting, make-you-think topics. While reading this book I started most days with one or two of these science essays before getting out of bed. K.C. Cole used to write for the LA Times.
Christian
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent and entertaining book for anyone interested in science, especially physics. The author, K.C. Cole does a fantastic job in drawing her readers with very engaging anecdotes from everyday life that are beautifully weaved into the fabric of their connections to science.
Carroll Straus
Jul 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
She's a terrific writer--and a great person.
Heather
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed the well-written prose, and the essays' length (3-4 pages each) was perfect for reading one or two before bed.
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For the past ten years, K.C. Cole has been a science writer and columnist for the Los Angeles Times; she has also written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Smithsonian, Discover, Newsweek, Newsday, Esquire, Ms., People and many other publications. Her articles were featured in The Best American Science Writing 2004 and 2005 and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2002. She has a ...more