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2015 Books Read

Even I am impressed with how much I read this year. Along the course of the year, occasionally I’d think to myself, “Good job, Sheila, with your Self-Imposed Reading Plan!” I’ve read a lot of new novels (not really my … Continue reading

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The Books: Life Stories: Profiles from The New Yorker; edited by David Remnick; ‘The Mountains of Pi’, by Richard Preston

Next up on the essays shelf: Life Stories: Profiles from The New Yorker, edited by David Remnick Life Stories is a collection of “profiles” from The New Yorker, edited by David Remnick. The pieces span the 20th century, one of … Continue reading

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The Books: Isaac Newton, by James Gleick

Daily Book Excerpt: Biography Next biography on the biography shelf is Isaac Newton, by James Gleick Newton with his prism and silent face, The marble index of a mind for ever Voyaging through strange seas of Thought, alone. — William … Continue reading

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The Books: Einstein: The Life and Times, by Ronald W. Clark

Daily Book Excerpt: Biography Next biography on this shelf is Einstein: The Life and Times, by Ronald W. Clark There were people entering late and settling down in one of the boxes in the first tier. One of them, sitting … Continue reading

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The Books: The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi

Daily Book Excerpt: Memoirs: Next book on the Memoir/Letters/Journals shelf is The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi, the Italian chemist, is one of the great books of the 20th century. In 2006, the Royal … Continue reading

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Speaking of Pi

I knew I had read a profile in the New Yorker years ago about Pi, and then remembered that I have it in one of the New Yorker compilations that I own. It’s called “The Mountains of Pi”, and it’s … Continue reading

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Apparently today (3/14) is Pi Day

As in: π. In honor of Pi Day, please check out the clip below the jump. Lucy Kaplansky is one of my favorite current-day folk singers. I have seen her perform numerous times. Her father was a mathematician, and he … Continue reading

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Isaac Newton, by James Gleick

— William Blake’s “Isaac Newton”, 1795 I finished my second book on the “From the Stacks” challenge list. Isaac Newton – by James Gleick. One of the reader reviews on that Amazon page says, “I found myself reading this book … Continue reading

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The Fluffy Planet

I just love stuff like this. “This new planet, if you could imagine putting it in a cosmic water glass, it would float,” said Robert Noyes, a research astrophysicist with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. And so now I cannot get … Continue reading

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Today In History: “To my delight he came and declared that he had heard and understood what I said.”

On March 10, 1876 – the first speech was transmitted across a telephone wire. All together now: “Mr. Watson, come here …” So if you make a phone call today (or – I should say – WHEN you make a … Continue reading

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