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Betsy | 1788 comments Mod
Please add a comment below to nominate a book for the group to read for February 2015. Please be sure to use the "add book/author" link just above the comment box to add a link to the Goodreads book page for the book.

You may of course suggest a book that has been nominated before but didn't win.

Please do NOT nominate a book that was first published within the last three months. Newer books may not be available to all members.

Nominations will close on December 26 or when we have about ten good suggestions, whichever occurs first.

You may nominate more than one book if you wish, but we may not include all of your choices unless there are not enough other nominations within the time allotted.

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Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 697 comments I'll nominate Bad Science by Ben Goldacre. It's something I see & hear a lot of lately. This book is supposed to be a good look at it & to give the reader the tools to deal with it. (Besides rolling eyes & muttering, 'morons!' & worse.) A GR friend gave it 5 stars & Mary Roach gave it 4 stars.

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Jenny C. I nominate the following:

Fermat's Enigma by Simon Singh,
Crimes and Mathdemeanors by Leith Hathout,
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

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Jenny C. I'm sorry for not adding the link to the books. It doesn't seem to work for the mobile version.

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Khalil | 4 comments I've always thought of Dawkins' The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing and wanted to read it. It is rich and varied in subjects.

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Chris Warns Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil Degrasse Tyson

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I recommend The Grand Design

message 11: by Betsy, co-mod (new)

Betsy | 1788 comments Mod
Petey wrote: "I recommend The Grand Design"

Petey, we already read The Grand Design, in January 2011. The discussion thread is at:

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Betsy | 1788 comments Mod
Chris Warns wrote: "Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil Degrasse Tyson"

Chris, we've actually already read Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries twice, in June 2009, and in January 2010. However, I could only find one discussion thread:

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R.J. Hogarth | 10 comments I nominate "Consciousness Beyond Life - The Science of the Near -Death Experience: by Pim Von Lommell

I found this a landmark book. A scientist hesitates in areas such as this lest the author depart from the 'sacred' scientific method but this author has been published in the Lancet (on the same topic of NDEs). What is remarkable is that the author as a cardiologist has been able to weave mainstream science include quantum mechanics into the results and significance of the extensive clinical studies. The book shows 77 5 star reviews so I am not alone in my opinion. For me the highlight of the book is a story that featured on the BBC of Pamela Reynolds from Atlanta , Georgia because the experience occurred with all the medical staff and scientific instruments needed to report the incident with scientific rigor. I think the book is also great on the nature of consciousness - eg includes views from many great scientists including Nobel Prize winner John Eccles (from my native Australia!) who has published groundbreaking work on the difficult topic of evolution of consciousness.

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David Rubenstein | 922 comments Mod
R.J. wrote: "I nominate "Consciousness Beyond Life - The Science of the Near -Death Experience: by Pim Von Lommell"

The Goodreads link is: Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience

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Steve Van Slyke (steve_van_slyke) | 379 comments The Double Helix by James Watson

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Greta Fisher (bougenviilea) | 19 comments The Ape and the Sushi Master: Cultural Reflections of a Primatologist

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Betsy | 1788 comments Mod
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