Content tagged with "science"

The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters
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July 8, 2022
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“This is a book about pooping. Not personally, but as a species. How we deal with our poop, around the world. It’s what I call a ‘vignette book.’ Over 10 or so chapters, the author tells disconnected…”

A Brief History of Time
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December 30, 2021
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“Okay, let’s get this out of the way: I didn’t understand 90% of this book. And I don’t think most other people will either. My question is this: can you not understand a book, but still get something…”

Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe
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July 19, 2021
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“I’m not going to give this book a rating because I didn’t like it, but it’s not the book’s fault. It just wasn’t for me, really. This book is about when famous scientists make mistakes. For example,…”

The Challenger Launch Decision: Risky Technology, Culture, and Deviance at NASA
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September 17, 2020
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“I did not write a review for this book.”

Chaos: A Very Short Introduction
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December 11, 2016
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“I did not write a review for this book.”

Convergence: The Idea at the Heart of Science
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August 7, 2021
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“I really shudder at the thought of what it took to write this book. There’s just so much here. It’s a comprehensive history of science in the 20th century, and even earlier. The basic idea is that the…”

The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World's Most Mysterious Air Disasters
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February 10, 2017
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“Somewhat interesting, but scattered. The author bounces around a lot.”

Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline
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July 31, 2019
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“Apparently the population of the planet will start to recede very soon. As sexual education and contraception gains hold around the world, birth rates are dropping below the 2.1 required to stabilize…”

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
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April 12, 2018
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“Makes the case that (1) the world is better now on almost every quantifiable dimension than at any other time in its history, and (2) this is because of the decline of religion. Pinker’s main point is…”

Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer
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September 12, 2021
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“I love Steven Johnson. He’s one of my favorite authors. He writes mainly about the history of science and technology. This book is about the history of how we began to live longer. The average…”

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
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July 26, 2021
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“Hans Rosling is a legend in statistics and health research. He died a few years ago, but his YouTube videos and TED talks live on. He studied health and living trends around the world, and created a…”

Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science
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May 13, 2021
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“This is apparently a blog by the science editor for NPR. She took a bunch of blog topics and wrote a book which is a collection of chapters about gross things, like bodily fluids, death, and…”

How the World Really Works: The Science Behind How We Got Here and Where We're Going
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July 21, 2022
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“The author is a physicist, and he attempts to explain how the world really works, meaning what’s is utterly necessary for humans to survive as a species. For example, he explains why we need ammonia….”

Making Sense of Science: Separating Substance from Spin
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January 25, 2022
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“A solid look at how science works, and how the media and the public interpret it. The book can get depressing. Science is not exact. It’s vague, and sometimes not reproducible, and complicated to…”

Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies
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December 27, 2020
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“This book is undoubtedly interesting, but it’s a bit meandering. The basic idea is that…things (anything, apparently), ‘scale’ according to universal laws. Meaning, as something gets bigger, it grows…”

The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet
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December 18, 2019
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“I kind of thought this book was going to be about the scientific principle of gravity, and how we still don’t know what it is. Instead, the book is a long, tedious history of physics. It starts with a…”