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The Books: “The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search to Know His World and Himself” (Daniel J. Boorstin)

Science/Philosophy Bookshelf: An excerpt from the MASSIVE book by Daniel Boorstin The Discoverers. This excerpt comes from the first chapter, which discusses human beings and time – how different cultures have figured out time, and the calendar, in different eras. … Continue reading

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The Books: “Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love” (Dava Sobel)

Next book in my science and philosophy shelf: Another book by Dava Sobel – this one called Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love. A marvelous book. It tells the story of Galileo’s life, as well as … Continue reading

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The Books: “Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time”(Dava Sobel)

Next book on the science and philosophy bookshelf: Dava Sobel’s wonderful Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time . My mother was the one who made me read this book. … Continue reading

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The Books: “In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality” (John Gribbin)

Next book on the science and philosophy shelf: The beautiful little physics book In Search of Schrödinger’s Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality, by John Gribbin. I’ve quoted extensively from his book before. So here’s yet another excerpt from this book: … Continue reading

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The Books: “Fermat’s Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solive the World’s Greatest Mathematical Problem” (Simon Singh)

Next book on the science and philosophy shelf: A book about 17th century French mathematician Pierre de Fermat and his last theorem. Proving this last theorem turned out to be no easy feat, and mathematicians tried, for 350 years. It … Continue reading

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The Books: “Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea” (Charles Seife)

Next book in my science and philosophy section: A book about the history of the number zero. It is called Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea, and it’s by Charles Seife. Who knew that the number zero could be … Continue reading

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The Books: “Driving Mr. Albert: A trip across America with Einstein’s brain” (Michael Paterniti)

Next book in my science and philosophy books section: Another book about Einstein – this one is called Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain, by Michael Paterniti. This is a fun book. It’s a bit of … Continue reading

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The Books: “Einstein’s Dreams” (Alan Lightman)

Next book in my science and philosophy books section: Einstein’s Dreams, by Alan Lightman. A lovely little book: It opens in 1905, with a patent clerk sleeping at his desk. For a couple of months now, he has been having … Continue reading

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The Books: “Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy” (Jostein Gaarder)

Moving right along with the excerpt-a-day thing. Top shelf of Bookshelf # 3 in the kitchen (my science and philosophy books) Next to Hollywood Babylon we’ve got the book Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy (FSG Classics), … Continue reading

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