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  1. Standard member Bosse de Nage
    Zellulärer Automat
    05 Aug '10 08:33
    Please post recommendations of texts relevant in some way to science with your reasons for recommending them. Hard science, science fiction, anything goes.

    Galileo's Dream (Kim Stanley Robinson). It's the most enjoyable science fiction I've read in yonks, drawing on outré notions of entanglement back and forth across space-time to concoct a yarn in which Galileo Galilei is abducted by a stranger from the Galilean moons in the distant future and press-ganged into a scheme contrived to bring about his martyrdom. Although Galileo's attempts to escape his fate drive the narrative forwards (and backwards), glorious swathes of historical and futurological texture and intrigue make for sensational production values. Inevitably, too, the life of Galileo, particularly his power relations in private and public (the daughters he had sent to a convent to save costs, the patrons whose butts he kissed) is a sobering reflection of the figure of the Scientist as it arose in early modern patriarchal society.
  2. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    05 Aug '10 14:29
    If you like introspective sci fi, you could try Mary Doria Russell, 'The Sparrow' and the sequel 'Children of God'. She seems to know everything there is to know about humanity. The story line is about the first interstellar voyage to Alpha Centauri and what they find there, it's a story about religion as much as about sci fi but both books I found engaging.

    In science, there is a book I found engaging, 'The Trouble with physics' by Lee Smolin.

    It kind of bemoans the tattered remains of string theory, that it has been around for decades but not getting anywhere. Very good history of Relativity and such. I just found a critique you might also find interesting:

    I recently got into a spat of reading sci fi again, went through the entire Radiant series of Catherine Asaro, she is one heavy duty woman for sure, Phd in physics, owns a biotech company, is a ballerina, and has written a slew of soap opera sci fi books. She posits a time 5 thousand years ago when some alien civilization for some unknown reason captured a bunch of humans from that time, transported them to another planet in our galaxy but also back in time which allowed the kidnapped people to build up a powerful interstellar civilization, they find out about Earth and the fun starts. She makes a case for a kind of electric field empathy/telepathy but with real science behind it, like using the inverse square law of EM radiation, where you have to be close to the other person to get the empathic or telepathic signals. Good read, couldn't put the books down, lots of sex
  3. 06 Aug '10 07:20
    read through most of Linda Nagata's books several months ago. she gets into DNA, biochem. etc. i think.
  4. 06 Aug '10 07:30



    Lessons in electricity at the Royal Institution, 1875-6 (1895)
  5. 06 Aug '10 07:30

    Electricity for the farm
    Light, heat and power by inexpensive methods from the water wheel or farm engine
  6. 06 Aug '10 07:33
    NASA history e-books
  7. 12 Sep '10 23:31
    "Physics of the impossible" by michio kaku.
  8. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Do ya think?
    14 Sep '10 02:04
  9. Standard member Bosse de Nage
    Zellulärer Automat
    21 Sep '10 11:58
    'Changing the Climate: Utopia, Dystopia and Catastrophe'

    Talks by Kim Stanley Robinson, John Clute & others at a recent conference in Australia ...
  10. Standard member Bosse de Nage
    Zellulärer Automat
    21 Sep '10 11:59
    Originally posted by dannyUchiha
    "Physics of the impossible" by michio kaku.
    Seems like a contradiction in terms!
  11. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Do ya think?
    21 Sep '10 16:34 / 1 edit
    Scourge and Virus Hunter are, like Salt, exceptionally good science oriented nonfiction.
  12. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Do ya think?
    26 Sep '10 20:10
    Mapping Human History by Steve Olsen. It goes into all the culture and human evolution stuff I talk about a lot.
  13. Standard member DrKF
    incipit parodia
    30 Sep '10 19:07
    I have ordered Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science on the strength of this short piece in last weekend's Observer:
  14. Standard member Bosse de Nage
    Zellulärer Automat
    01 Oct '10 11:10
    Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino -- serious comedy by a brilliant writer who knew his science (although his learning curve came to an end in 1985).