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Critical Mass by Philip Ball
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Aug 31, 2008

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Recommended for: Nonsexy physicists who yearn to be sexy, Sociologists, Socialists, Socrates

A good book, but a heavy read. I find myself comparing situations to physical states and critical points a lot now.

But what's most perplexing is a review of the book on the back cover by Elissa Schappell from Vanity Fair: "Philip Ball makes physics sexy again in Critical Mass."

What? I'm not sure if Elissa and I read the same book because:

A) The physics in this book was not sexy,
B) In fact, I don't think physics was ever sexy, and
C) Assuming physics was ever sexy, not even Justin Timberlake could bring the sexyback.

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