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Rome by Robert Hughes
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I enjoyed Hughes' personal account of his early experiences with Rome. But after the intro, there seems to be almost nothing more of that. Instead we have potted ancient history (someone who says Augustus was known as Caius Julius Caesar Octavius sho ...more
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Coming Out Christian in the Roman World by Douglas Boin
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I wanted to like this book. The thesis, that ancient Christians faced choices somewhat analogous to those faced by modern gay people in a culture that marginalizes and sometimes persecutes them, is quite interesting. Sadly, the author spends a lot of ...more
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The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll
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Emphasizes how many people contributed to the discovery of the Higgs boson., a particle I still don't totally get. Not as good as his From Eternity to Here, which is also hard to follow in parts but includes a very fine treatment of entropy, Boltzman ...more
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Little Murders Everywhere by Rebecca Morgan Frank
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Excellent poems by the editor of the excellent journal Memorious.
It is, however, pretty disturbing that she thinks you row a canoe with oars.
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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
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Competently done, but a Pulitzer Prize? Musical losers seek redemption--in other words a lot like Nick Hornby, except Hornby is much funnier and his losers are more endearing. The most appealing characters in this book are the ones who commit suicide ...more
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Boltzmanns Atom by David Lindley
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Strange to see how persistent the opposition to atomic theory was, and how people like Mach turned into a sort of philosophy, not allowing physics to talk about anything that could not be dobserved directly. Also interesting how hard it was to assimi ...more
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Rewinder by Brett Battles
Rewinder (Rewinder #1)
by Brett Battles (Goodreads Author)
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OK, I didn't read the whole thing, but what can you say about a novel focusing on the British class system in which a dude named Sir Reginald Lewis (or whatever) is called Sir Lewis? In case you thought it was impossible to write an unreadable time-t ...more
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Hitler's War by Harry Turtledove
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There is a fascination in alternative history, and a fascination in World War II. This series belongs to the 'lightly tweaked history' genre, where just a couple of events cause a chain of differences from our version of the world.
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The Innovators by Walter Isaacson
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Lots of interesting stuff from the history of computing, mostly consisting of brief profiles of a bunch of people who contributed t a piece of the puzzle (Isaacson stresses the importance of collaboration). He is not tremendously gifted at explaining ...more
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