Category Archives: Science

Fermium, fermions and the Fermi Paradox

The Pope of Physics; Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age, by Gino Segre and Bettina Hoerlin The title of this book pretty much sums it up. It is the story of the life of famed Italian physicist … Continue reading

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If You’ve Always Wondered What M-Theory is All About (and I know you haven’t)

The Elegant Universe, Brian Greene Reading this book has inspired me to consider writing a science blog. In particular, my vision is to write about physics, where each entry is a basic conceptual building block that eventually leads to a full-blown, … Continue reading

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With Gene Power Comes Gene Responsibility

The Gene, An Intimate History; Siddhartha Mukherjee The Gene starts out as a very interesting history of the discovery of the “gene” and the evolution of the field of genetics, and ends up in a head-on collision between the science … Continue reading

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Mission to Mars

Sojourner: An Insider’s View of the Mars Pathfinder Mission, Andrew Mishkin This is a book for nerds. I know this because when I told a close friend (you know who you are) I had “just finished a great book about … Continue reading

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The Particle at the End of the Universe, Sean Carroll

Science books make me so happy! In July 2012, scientists from the CERN Large Hadron Collider announced to the world that it looked very much like they had found the elusive Higgs boson. This was super-exciting for nerds like me, … Continue reading

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why does E=mc2? (and why should we care?), Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw

book 42 – why does E=mc2? (and why should we care?) It was so great to read a science book again!! Brian Cox is a beautiful writer, and since I don’t know what parts he actually wrote, I must conclude … Continue reading

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How to Teach Physics to Your Dog, Chad Orzel

Book 4: How to Teach Physics to Your Dog, Chad Orzel I loved his second book, How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog, which I actually read first. It took me a while to get used to the extent of … Continue reading

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The Flicker Men, by Ted Kosmatka

Book 2: The Flicker Men, by Ted Kosmatka The Flicker Men is a science-based thriller that is built on the Copenhagen interpretation of Quantum Physics Specifically, the book is based on the (old) theory that particles existing in a superposition … Continue reading

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A Year in Books – Ancillary Justice, by Anne Leckie

The challenge: to read a book a week for a year. Honestly, I have been undecided about it (which bodes poorly), however considering I can lock in 18 books, give or take, through book clubs, it seemed cowardly not to … Continue reading

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The Unsung Women of Science

I just don’t know how xkcd does it. Sadly, this is just the tip of the iceberg. http://xkcd.com/896/

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