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Book Review: Where Good Ideas Come From

Where Good Ideas Come From:  The Natural History Of Innovation, by Steven Johnson The most important clue to discovering the approach and perspective in this book is the phrase “natural history.”  The fact that the author discusses innovation while conflating … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Perfectionists

The Perfectionists:  How Precision Engineers Created The Modern World, by Simon Winchester I must admit that when I started reading this book I was not very familiar with what the author meant about precision engineering.  To be sure, it is … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Map That Changed The World

The Map That Changed The World:  William Smith And The Birth Of Modern Geology, by Simon Winchester I didn’t like this book as much as I could have had the author approached the subject differently.  As someone who reads a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Man Who Loved China

The Man Who Loved China:  The Fantastic Story Of An Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked The Mysteries Of The Middle Kingdom, by Simon Winchester If you are of the belief that Joseph Needham, the man at the center of this deeply … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dear Machine: A Letter to a Super-Aware/Intelligent Machine (SAIM)

Dear Machine:  A Letter To A Super-Aware/Intelligent Machine (SAIM), by Greg Keiser [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Reedsy Discovery for the purpose of review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] While there are substantial disagreements … Continue reading

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Book Review: What We Believe But Cannot Prove

What We Believe But Cannot Prove:  Today’s Leading Thinkers On Science In The Age Of Certainty, edited by John Brockman Quite bluntly, this book is a load of rubbish.  There is a sense of irony that few of the supposedly … Continue reading

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Book Review: Understanding Fundamentalism And Evangelicalism

Understanding Fundamentalism And Evangelicalism, by George M. Marsden It was not until getting to near the end of this book that I really appreciated it.  As someone who is on the outskirts of both fundamentalist and evangelical culture, largely through … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Mirror Maker: Stories And Essays

The Mirror Maker:  Stories And Essays, by Primo Levi, translated by Raymond Rosenthal Primo Levi spent a substantial portion of his life, before and after his retirement from his professional work as a chemist, in writing for both political and … Continue reading

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The Quest For Ultima Thule

As I have commented before on several occasions, I have since my youth been a partisan of the minor planet Pluto [1].  When Pluto was first discovered by astronomers some nine decades ago or so, the planet seemed particularly eccentric.  … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Hardwiring Happiness

Hardwiring Happiness:  The New Brain Science Of Contementment, Calm, And Confidence, by Rick Hanson, read by the author It is easy to be disappointed with a book like this, especially the audiobook version.  The author combines bogus evolutionary just-so stories … Continue reading

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