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1. A Short History of Nearly Everything:
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2. Richard Dawkins: How a Scientist
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3. The Best American Science and
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4. The Best American Science Writing
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5. Intelligent Thought: Science versus
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6. The Next Fifty Years: Science
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7. Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology
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8. What We Believe but Cannot Prove:
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9. Classic Feynman: All the Adventures
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10. Dear Professor Einstein: Albert
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11. Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves:
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12. A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections
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13. The Best American Science &
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14. Darwin: The Indelible Stamp; The
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15. Life Is a Miracle: An Essay Against
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16. The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections
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17. The Science Of Good and Evil:
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18. My Einstein: Essays by Twenty-four
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19. How to Spend $50 Billion to Make
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20. The Best American Science Writing

1. A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition
by Broadway
Hardcover (01 November, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A must read!
I first read A Short History while on business in Australia. I couldn't put it down. The writing is outstanding and the information is communicated in language that anyone can understand. I have been re-reading A Short History with my kids, and they love it. This is a book for all ages.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Layman's Scientific Reference Text
This review is for the Black Swan Paperback edition published in 2004, 574 pages of text plus comprehensive notes, bibliography and index.A SHORT HISTORY was on the USA Today top 150 best sellers list for 63 weeks between May 2003 and August 2005, reaching the peak position of number 31.
5-0 out of 5 stars Amazingly witty and informative.
This is a very well written book. The writer writes in an old fashioned witty style alas seldom seen nowadays. I bought more examles of the book to send to my children and best fiends. ... Read more

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2. Richard Dawkins: How a Scientist Changed the Way We Think: Reflections by Scientists, Writers, and Philosophers
by Oxford University Press, USA
Hardcover (01 May, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Truly magnificent...
As usual I found myself wondering around the science section of a local bookstore. I tried to convince myself that I should finish reading one of the seven books by my bed before spending anymore of my, rent, money. After browsing the covers of numerous books, I was just `looking', one caught my eye. A very visible font read: "Richard Dawkins". I picked it up assuming, wrongly so, that this was Dawkins biography. I usually have a habit of reading the preface of the book I have my eye on, this time I went straight to the register. I started reading the book in the car when I walked out of the bookstore. Two days after, of non-stop reading, I have just put it down.
5-0 out of 5 stars Not just a cheering section
If Darwin's revelation of natural selection is "the best idea anyone, any where, ever had", then Richard Dawkins' identification of the "selfish gene" must run a close second.While Darwin's concept explained the workings of life, Dawkins' insight disclosed the mechanism of natural selection.The 1976 publication of "The Selfish Gene" not only stimulated a fresh wave of thinking among biologists, it also stirred public interest and imagination.If life was under the thrall of those strings of chemicals in our cells, how far did that influence reach?In this set of excellent essays on the issues, Dawkins ideas and their impact are presented and discussed.The fruit of his insights are bittersweet, and while most of these writings applaud his probity and communication skills, there is the tang of doubt about some of them.
4-0 out of 5 stars Reflections on a major biological thinker of our time
The subtitle of this book, "how a scientist changed the way we think", is entirely justified: Richard Dawkins really did. Even people who thought they understood evolutionary theory quite well found that they had to rethink it all when The Selfish Gene appeared 30 years ago. Not all biologists agreed with his message, of course, Stephen J. Gould and Richard Lewontin being well known as opponents, but many of them did, and even when they did not agree with everything they still agreed with a great deal. Patrick Bateson provides one of the most interesting contributions to this book, in which he explains that he continues to disagree with Dawkins about some details, but he says, rightly, that "those who hope for bloody gladiatorial contests are disappointed when they discover that the circles of our interests and beliefs overlap much more extensively than they had believed".
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3. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2006 (The Best American Series (TM))
by Houghton Mifflin
Paperback (11 October, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Journalism for Critical Thinkers From Any Field

5-0 out of 5 stars This popular science book will blow your mind!
I was struck by something Brian Greene says in the intro to this
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4. The Best American Science Writing 2006 (Best American Science Writing)
by Harper Perennial
Paperback (05 September, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Buffet For the Science Gourmet

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Reading About Science
This book contains 21 essays about a broad range of scientific topics.Many of the essays appeared in The New Yorker or The New York Times which gives you a hint of their flavor: well and professionally written for an intelligent but non-scientific audience.
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5. Intelligent Thought: Science versus the Intelligent Design Movement (Vintage Original)
by Vintage
Paperback (09 May, 2006)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Competent compilation of the anti-Creation movment.
John Brockman has succeeded in assembling a good cross-section of anti-ID essays in one reasonably concise volume (less than 300 pages).The quality therein fluctuates from competent to outstanding, while the tone ranges from strictly professional to strangely defensive at times, all depending on the individual authors.Some wrote for purely to share knowledge, while a few (and only a few) bore an agenda on their backs, which weakened their credibility.
5-0 out of 5 stars Amounts to a destruction of Intelligent Design
As Editor John Brockman writes in his introduction, this book, a collection of 16 essays by eminent scientists, "is a thoughtful response to the bizarre claims made by the ID movement's advocates, whose only interest in science appears to be to replace it with beliefs consistent with those of the Middle Ages." (p. x)
4-0 out of 5 stars Scientists debunking pseudo-science...
If you're unclear why serious scientists get so frustrated with the intelligent-design movement, then this book is a must-read. It offers the opinions of respected professionals from a variety of fields, from biology to psychology, all of whom have one thing in common: they recognize that while science and evolutionary theory have not answered every question in the universe, intelligent design has not answered any. Another common theme throughout is the debunking of "teach the controversy", touted by intelligent designers as a back-door means of getting religious belief taught in the classroom. As these insightful authors explain, the only "controversy" is the misappropriation and distortion by intelligent-design proponents of evidence produced by serious researchers to satisfy the former group's untenable claims. There's nothing scientific about that... ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Christianity    2. Essays    3. Evolution (Biology)    4. Human Evolution    5. Intelligent design (Teleology)    6. Life Sciences - Evolution    7. Philosophy Of Science    8. Religion and science    9. Religious aspects    10. Science    11. Science/Mathematics    12. Science / Evolution   


6. The Next Fifty Years: Science in the First Half of the Twenty-first Century (Vintage)
by Vintage
Paperback (14 May, 2002)
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Scientists love to speculate about the direction research and technology will take us, and editor John Brockman has given a stellar panel free rein to imagine the future in Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Predictions, Past Present Future
Prophecy has been having a bad press lately. Despite the seeming millions of folks who either chat with a divinity, channel the dead, "solve" crimes, see ghosts or converse with aliens, not one predicted 911, the London bombings or the Indonesian tsunami. It's not just the fringe that strikes out."Experts" routinely choose wrong whether in politics, sports, finance, entertainmentor cultural trends. It's disillusioning, but the record of science is not much better in terms of "things to come". This is not to say that energy is not expended on that task. It is safe to say that the intervention of the computer, TV, car, discovery of DNA, cloning, medical advances, etc renders past predictions useless.That is one reason I liked this book so well.It is divided into 2 parts - the first philosophical, the second practical.
5-0 out of 5 stars Captivating
Written in 2002, and containing twenty-five essays written by leading scientists, ethicists, technologists and industrialists, this book discussess what life might be like in fifty years.
3-0 out of 5 stars Informative
I thought this was a good book for the most part. It did get a little long winded in places and the view of the future was a bit dark for me. The author made a few very profound statements that really impacted me, but I had to sort through a lot of repetative philosophy. It started to drag at the end. I enjoyed the first few chapters the most. I think it is worth reading if you are interested in the future of science and genetics. Just be prepared to sort through a lot of words to get to the good information. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Essays    2. Forecasting    3. Future Studies    4. History    5. Philosophy & Social Aspects    6. Science    7. Science And Civilization    8. Science And Public Policy    9. Science/Mathematics    10. Science / General   


7. Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
by Penguin (Non-Classics)
Paperback (23 February, 1978)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book!
I loved "Lives of a Cell". It's not your ordinary biology textbook; the author's love for the world around him comes out in every page. He uses metaphor to describe the different parts and functions of the cell. For example, he compares the cell to a room, and then illustrates the different sizes of the components of the cell by comparing it to furniture.
1-0 out of 5 stars I wasn't intrigued..
Though I understand other reviewers' opinions of this book, and I agree that some of the book's ideas were interesting, The Lives of a Cell just didn't appeal to me. I have always loved science, but not in the way this book displayed it. I got extremely bored with this book and found myself skimming chapters. Lewis Thomas seemed like he was trying to sound too intelligent while getting his opinion across, where a simple explanation would have been much more powerful. Some may like this book, but I think there are much better reads out there.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic of Science Reading From 1974

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Subjects:  1. Addresses, essays, lectures    2. Biology    3. Essays    4. Life Sciences - Biology - General    5. Philosophy    6. Science    7. Science/Mathematics    8. Cellular biology    9. Science / Cytology   


8. What We Believe but Cannot Prove: Today's Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Certainty
by Harper Perennial
Paperback (28 February, 2006)
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4-0 out of 5 stars "Great minds can sometimes guess the truth before they have...the evidence...for it"
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5-0 out of 5 stars Mundane question, provocative responses
The question posed by John Brockman was "What do you believe but cannot prove?" It might be classed as one of those Mediaeval "angels on the head of a pin" queries. However, this is the 21st Century and what we know of Nature now stands in stark contrast to what was known then. The responses show that serious questions remain to be resolved. Not all of them can be, as the issue concerned lies either in the past or is too remote for close study. Some, of course, lie in the realm of what we deem "consciousness". A vague term in its own right, made even more difficult when the various respondents offer their own definitions. That tactic, however, makes the answers more stimulating by creating fresh questions. By selecting novelist Ian McEwan to write the introduction, Brockman shows he doesn't consider the question limited to scientific speculation. McEwan demonstrates his knowledge of the scientific issues [would that more fiction writers matched that capacity!] and how "inspiration" has advanced our understanding of Nature.
5-0 out of 5 stars Even scientists are allowed to speculate...
in fact, that's a part of their job description.
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Subjects:  1. Belief and doubt    2. Epistemology    3. Essays    4. Miscellanea    5. Philosophy & Social Aspects    6. Philosophy Of Science    7. Science    8. Science/Mathematics    9. Science / General   


9. Classic Feynman: All the Adventures of a Curious Character
by W. W. Norton
Hardcover (07 November, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Two books in one + CD...
I have purchased almost all Feynman books so far.
5-0 out of 5 stars There's Room at the Bottom
Richard Feynman left his hand prints almost everywhere in physics, and here at Los Alamos, he is still a living legend: not just for his scientific brilliance, but for all the color of his personality.His signature characteristic, as you will read in this wonderful book, was simplicity.To wit:
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10. Dear Professor Einstein: Albert Einstein's Letters to and from Children
by Prometheus Books
Hardcover (September, 2002)
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3-0 out of 5 stars A better title than book
The idea conveyed by the title is wonderful, and to some degree the notion is realized.Unfortunately, it doesn't really fly.While there still may be merit in study of Einstein's educational comments to children, this volume doesn't offer much insight.
4-0 out of 5 stars Great book ABOUT Einstein, not by him.
This book has very little actually written by Einstein himself. It gives a brief biography and background of Einstein. The letters are from children and show the enormity of his fanbase in the 1940's and 50's.The biography is informative and there are plenty of interesting pictures.The letters are interesting, but toward the end, they seem repetitive.Still, it is a great book worth buying.Barnes and noble has a cheaper edition, which makes it well worth the 6 dollars!

3-0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title
I had been looking forward to this book's release for some time.As yet another self-confessed Einstein fan, the idea of a collection of correspondences between the greatest scientific mind in the history of human endeavour, and curious children from around the world, was irresistable.So, when I finally got my hands on it, I wanted to enjoy it very much.However, in the end, I felt a bit cheated and misled.Read more

Subjects:  1. 1879-1955    2. Biography / Autobiography    3. Children    4. Correspondence    5. Einstein, Albert,    6. Essays    7. Letters    8. Literary Collections    9. Literature: Classics    10. Physicists    11. Scientists - General    12. Biography: general    13. Literary studies: general    14. Literature: Texts    15. PHYSICS    16. Science: General Issues   


11. Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves: Sushi, Psychedelics, Parallel Universes, and the Quest for Transcendence
by Smart Publications
Paperback (09 September, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars a vaporous language dance
Terrence McKenna said: "...Objects that are Faberge Eggs, things made of pearl, and metal, and glass, and gel, and you, when you're shown one of these things, a single one of them, you look at it an you know, without a shadow of a doubt, in the moment of looking at this thing, that if it were right here, right now, this world would go mad..."
5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a drug! Wow!
The amazing diversity of subjects covered opens new patterns of thought in your own mind. Pickover's book was incredible in the way it could illicit new thoughts and perceptions. If you are a curious mind you will love this book. It is filled with ideas and information gleaned from the farthest reaches. You will feel like you have traveled to distant lands and you have Pickover as your expert guide on the journey.

4-0 out of 5 stars Rick's Review
Very interesting, expecially for us Hippies from the 60s.
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12. A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love
by Mariner Books
Paperback (27 October, 2004)
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Richard Dawkins has an opinion on everything biological, it seems, and in Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Devils Chaplain
Richard Dawkins is one of the most influential and controversial essayists of today. A renowned evolutionary biologist, he currently holds the Charles Simonyi Chair at Oxford University. In his book A Devils Champlain he brings together 25 years and some of his best and most polemic essays (some previously unpublished) with subjects dealing with everything from love to evolution.
5-0 out of 5 stars A good intro for those new to Dawkins's ideas
This is a great book outlining Dawkins's various ideas on science, religion and philosophy. Those of you who find his other books hard to follow will benefit from this collection of essays and his views on religion are more pronounced.
5-0 out of 5 stars Dawkins diversified
This book shows Dawkins' brilliant intellect on many topics. Admitidly, there are some points in the book that drag on a bit if you are not particularly interested in the topic at hand, but for the most part the short essays and writings in this book are highly valuable and revealing. Most especially to me was the letter to his daughter about good and bad reasons to believe. ... Read more

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13. The Best American Science & Nature Writing 2005 (Best American (TM))
by Houghton Mifflin
Paperback (05 October, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A focussed farrago
This collection of essays shifts from the usual scattered melange of topics in this series.Weiner has opted to focus rather more closely on selected areas.In this volume health and medicine gained much of the ink.Given the sources and market, the decision has merit.Certainly the issues discussed are worthy of close attention.The narrower topic approach hasn't allowed any slipshod writer to sneak in.All the articles command your attention - and are worthy of it.Well-written, informative and current, the selection is a treasure of quality.
5-0 out of 5 stars Stimulating addition to an outstanding series
I look forward every year to the annual edition of this series and its competitor, Best American Science Writing. Since there are way too many good magazines published I gave up long ago trying to keep up with them, and this book/series serves two useful functions. First, it provides a delightful sampler of science-related writing of the past year, and, second, it often introduces me to some new writers. It is the kind of book that has repercussions: I have never failed to follow up by buying additional books, either books by the authors represented or books referred to in the selections (WARNING: This book could be dangerous to your budget!)
4-0 out of 5 stars a mixed bag
A mixed bag is good -- there's something for everyone. But I felt that there were too many "essays" and too many book reviews that I didn't think strictly belonged. Other pieces, though, were stellar. ... Read more

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14. Darwin: The Indelible Stamp; The Evolution Of An Idea
by Running Press Book Publishers
Hardcover (30 August, 2005)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Room for evolution
This is a review of "Darwin: The Indelible Stamp," which includes four of Darwin's books, edited and with commentary by James D. Watson of DNA fame.
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15. Life Is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition
by Counterpoint Press
Paperback (15 May, 2001)
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As a poet, novelist, and farmer, Wendell Berry has worked and written in favor of tried and tested ways, rejecting the notion that the modern is always to be preferred over the old. Technology may have its uses, he has insisted in books like Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Changing course
I just returned from The Prairie Festival at the Land Institute in Salina,
2-0 out of 5 stars When you believe in things that you don't understand..
The use of the word "superstition" in the title is a mistake, and one that captures the problem with the whole argument.The book is meant as a rebuttal to E.O. Wilson's book Consilience, which argues for an expansion of the use of the scientific method into the realm of the Humanities.
5-0 out of 5 stars One beautiful essay
Life is a Miracle is one beautiful essay on the folly and pretensions of scientism.If this is your kind of book, you'll get a good laugh reading the venomous review (number 17) by a Dr. Strickland.He calls himself "davexray", so we know how clever he is, but apparently this defender of the scientific method isn't any kind of scientist at all, but merely the practitioner of an interpretive skill, namely, radiology.I hope that you'll see in this review, too, confirmation of Berry's point that such inept thinkers dressed in lab coats are a real threat to our freedom.
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16. The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History
by W. W. Norton & Company
Paperback (August, 1992)
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1-0 out of 5 stars Muddled thinking ... If it's worth doing, it's worth doing badly.
Just a quick note on the title essay. Its reasoning is void, in that Mr. Gould merely "proves" that God does not satisfy his, Mr. Gould's, standards and guidelines. The necessity of His doing so is not made clear. As God is perfect, immaterial being, why should He make *anything* less perfect than Himself ? By Mr. Gould's argument, the mere existence of the world, it matters not whether "perfect" or "imperfect", shows that God does not exist. Let's all sit down and go through this again ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Two Panda's Thumbs up!!
The "argument from design" traces back at least to the medieval theology as a favorite proof for the existence of God. The argument runs that the exquisite design and interrelation of earthly organisms can be explained only by the existence of an Intelligent Designer.
4-0 out of 5 stars Evolutionary theory meets Mickey Mouse and selfish genes
The second collection of Gould's articles from Natural History continues to explore Darwin's themes and the resultant ideas since. There's several interesting essays here, including my favorite one in which the evolution of Mickey Mouse is discussed.Read more

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17. The Science Of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, And Follow The Golden Rule
by Owl Books (NY)
Paperback (09 December, 2004)
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3-0 out of 5 stars More rambling discussion than science...
The one time theist Micheal Shermer has become the St. Augustine of the modern skeptical movement.
4-0 out of 5 stars Should be named differently
I found this book very informative and provided me with very good arguments for a secular non-theistic ethic foundation. I agree with most of what Shermer expresses.
5-0 out of 5 stars Effectively questions the basis of morality.
Like a majority of us, I was of the opinion that being religious is a necessary and required condition for being a moral person. (Mind you, I had that view even as I wasn't practicing the religious customs I was brought up to follow and -- by nothing more than my own self-admission -- living a clean and very moral existence for a decade without following any "rituals.") Not a second after I completed reading this book because it made me question that premise.
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Subjects:  1. Essays    2. Ethics & Moral Philosophy    3. Ethics (Specific Aspects)    4. General    5. Good & Evil    6. Human Evolution    7. Life Sciences - Evolution - Human    8. Philosophy    9. Science   


18. My Einstein: Essays by Twenty-four of the World's Leading Thinkers on the Man, His Work, and His Legacy
by Pantheon
Hardcover (25 July, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Offer important insights into Einstein's lasting legacy and his life.
MY EINSTEIN: ESSAYS BY TWENTY-FOUR OF THE WORLD'S LEADING THINKERS ON THE MAN, HIS WORK, AND HIS LEGACY could've been reviewed in our science section but is reviewed here for its detailed surveys by leading scientists, historians and contemporaries. These essays comment and reflect on the man, his contributions and how he influenced their worldviews and methods: even more than a legacy to Einstein's genius, they offer important insights into Einstein's lasting legacy and his life.
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Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Essay    3. Essays    4. Germany    5. History    6. Jewish scientists    7. Physicists    8. Physics    9. Physics (General)    10. Science    11. Science/Mathematics    12. United States    13. Science / History   


19. How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place
by Cambridge University Press
Paperback (12 June, 2006)
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2-0 out of 5 stars If we only have 50 B to spend, Put it all on the number one BASIC problem.
The previous reviews and the author and the conference suggested such mundane, goody-goody uses that it was all I could do to stay awake. Anyone who bothers to give any effort at making this world a better place to live, has to know that death-control is a major loser. Keeping more people alive just makes for more miserable, angry people.
5-0 out of 5 stars A lot of food for thought about priorities and values...
This book may have a catchy title but it deals with many serious problems. It is an abridged edition of "Global Crises, Global Solutions," a work which brought together recommendations of the Copenhagen Consensus. The 2004 Copenhagen Consensus was an international meeting held in Copenhagen, Denmark, and included a debate among 38 of the world's top economists and an expert panel of eight top economists, each of whom prepared a paper on various global problems which were then presented to the whole group for discussion and criticism. The main question put to the conference was certainly a timely one: "If we had an extra $50 billion to put to good use, which problems would we solve first?" Hence the title of the book.
3-0 out of 5 stars put it on snakes eyes on an internet gambling spot
Put it on snake eyes on an internet gambling spot. Buy a lot, a whole lot, of Abazaba. That will get you a bunch of "utils" Or send it to me. I'll be happy to supply an address to send it to. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Economic development    2. Environmental Science    3. Environmental Studies    4. Essays    5. Globalization    6. International Relations - General    7. International cooperation    8. Political Science    9. Politics / Current Events    10. Politics/International Relations    11. Public Policy - Environmental Policy    12. Public Policy - General    13. Business & Economics / Economic Development    14. Development economics   


20. The Best American Science Writing 2005 (Best American Science Writing)
by Harper Perennial
Paperback (06 September, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Boondoggles, biosciences and . . . a blather
Today's science writing is growing more interesting and timely in its presentation.These annual collections are nearly always a delight to own.Each essay presents an issue demanding reflection and sometimes action on the reader's part.Lightman introduces this series with a brief overview of the progression of science writing over the years.He cites such classics as "The Silent Spring" and "The Double Helix" as examples.Stephen Gould's and David Quammen's columns paved the way for a wider audience for science writing, he notes.Enough production of this sort has led the way to a variety of styles, formats and topics.He presents just such a spectrum in this collection.With more than two dozen articles offered by an excellent array of authors, Lightman aptly demonstrates how far science writing has come.
5-0 out of 5 stars Stimulating addition to an outstanding series
I look forward every year to the annual edition of this series and its competitor, Best American Science and Nature Writing.Since there are way too many good magazines published I gave up long ago trying to keep up with them, and this book/series serves two useful functions. First, it provides a delightful sampler of science-related writing of the past year, and, second, it often introduces me to some new writers as well as familiar names. It is the kind of book that has repercussions: I have never failed to follow up by buying additional books, either books by the authors represented or books referred to in the selections (WARNING: This book could be dangerous to your budget!)
5-0 out of 5 stars My Personal opinion of "The Best American Science Writing 2005"
I am a scientist. U of Michigan. I am 61
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Subjects:  1. American - General    2. Essays    3. General    4. Science    5. Science (General)    6. Science/Mathematics    7. Science / General   


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