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message 1: by S. (new)

S. (salvatrice) I'm looking for some suggestions for the next group read, topics or specific books---also, if you have ideas for formats that would add to discussions let me know...


message 3: by Patricrk (new)

Patricrk patrick | 136 comments I've just started [image error] Scott D. Sampson It looks pretty interesting and I would suggest it for a group read.


message 4: by Liz (new)

Liz Hi all, I'm new to the group. Evolution in Four Dimensions looks quite interesting, it would get my vote.


message 5: by Bel (new)

Bel (bel_book_candle) | 3 comments I haven't been involved in the group for about a year but would be interested in joining in. On my list is The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science which seems to have had rave reviews and ticks my boxes of history and science.


message 7: by S. (new)

S. (salvatrice) Since there had not been much activity I went ahead and posted a poll on the main page with some of the earlier recommendations, but that doesn't mean we can't add some additional choices if there is enough interest.
I got one email indicating that the poll might not be visible to the group...if you scroll down on the group home page, do you see it?
if not, I will try to figure out what I did wrong.


message 8: by S. (new)

S. (salvatrice) Liz wrote: "Hi all, I'm new to the group. Evolution in Four Dimensions looks quite interesting, it would get my vote."

hi Liz,
welcome to the group--I didn't put the four dimensions book on the first poll, but I think I'll be setting up a second poll shortly---if you are interested in any on the first (check the bottom of the group home page) you can vote there, or wait for the second poll.
-salvatrice


message 9: by S. (last edited Feb 24, 2010 05:22PM) (new)

S. (salvatrice) Bellish wrote: "I haven't been involved in the group for about a year but would be interested in joining in. On my list is [book:The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of S..."

ok, this book is going on my personal must-read list! It looks great. I didn't get it in time for the first poll, but I'll add it for the next one.


message 10: by S. (new)

S. (salvatrice) Susanna wrote: "I just got Aladdin's Lamp: How Greek Science Came to Europe Through the Islamic World, which looks interesting."

Thanks for this suggestion, Susanna! I will add it to the next poll. I have a few history of math books in my TBR pile that look a bit like this book.


message 11: by Jenny (new)

Jenny (jennyil) | 19 comments Some other suggestions:

The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom by Graham Farmelo

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel

Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo by Sean B. Carroll

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made us Human by Richard Wrangham

Where our Food Comes From: Retracing Nickolay Vavilov's Quest to end Famine by Gary Paul Nabhan

Jenny


message 12: by Josie (new)

Josie Bell (bellchild) | 6 comments Pretty slow am I.

Just started reading Carl Zimmer's Parasite Rex.

I have others in line, but my memory. . . rah.

Will be focusing on Kindle books, though, since I promised the family I'd cut back on bringing books into the house. . .


message 13: by S. (new)

S. (salvatrice) The winner for the March/April group read is:
A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art and Science

only one vote above the Dawkins book so I'll add that to the next poll too unless some of you would like to do a parallel read.


message 14: by S. (new)

S. (salvatrice) Jenny wrote: "Some other suggestions:

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thanks Jenny. I'm putting up an advance poll for April/May read


message 15: by Patricrk (new)

Patricrk patrick | 136 comments Salvatrice wrote: I'm putting up an advance poll for April/May read" I've finished the Dawkins Book

The Greatest Show on Earth The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins Richard Dawkins and while good. I'm about halfway through March of the Microbes Sighting the Unseen by John L. Ingraham John L. Ingrahamand find it more enjoyable and would recommend it for the poll.


message 16: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (coolmoss) | 6 comments Hello all, I can't come to this group with a whole lot of disposable time, enjoyable though it is, but I will certainly attempt to put time aside to read any books that you recommend and that I can get my hands on.
You've mentioned Dawkins' "Greatest Show", and as I am only about ten pages from finishing that one anyway, it would be a fine choice. In addition there is much to discuss within those pages.
As I see, maybe next read. Will try to track down "Beginners Guide to Constructing the Universe".
Looking forward to many discussions.

Kevin.


message 17: by Patricrk (new)

Patricrk patrick | 136 comments Salvatrice wrote: "The winner for the March/April group read is:
A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art and Science

only one vote above the Dawkins book so I'l..."


Where do we put the comments on this book? I've managed to read chapter one and two and decided this is not for me.


message 18: by David (new)

David Rubenstein | 872 comments Mod
There is a new discussion thread on the March/April book:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/3...


message 19: by S. (last edited Mar 24, 2010 12:46PM) (new)

S. (salvatrice) I'm adding "The Greatest Show on Earth" by Richard Dawkins for March. It looks like several people have an interest in it and some have already read it... there's a new thread for it (march 2010 runner up) sorry I can't get it to link, but it's in the discussions.


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