Theories are nets cast to catch what we call ‘the world’: to rationalize, to explain, and to master it. We endeavour to make the mesh ever finer and finer.
Karl Popper - The logic of scientific discovery.
[…] that distance—that chronic sense of being an alien among your own kind—it’s not entirely a bad thing.
It came in especially handy when the real aliens came calling.
'Blindsight', pag.10, by Peter Watts.
Yesterday I’ve started reading this books. The author, Peter Watts is a marine-mammal biologist, and some of his books are available on his site for free.
my mum often presents me with her old physics books. luckily, they’re interesting, though they are always accompanied by her singing her very special ‘quark song’.
I’m sorry you’re having a Monday. :( Perhaps a big ol’ cuppa coffee? Or maybe a sledge hammer to your text books?
I’m afraid I’m might need the Thor’s hammer to beat these damn book.
The Best Hard Science Fiction Books of all Time
- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - J. Verne
- The Time Machine - H.G. Wells
- I, Robot - I. Asimov
- The Shockwave Rider - J. Brunner
- The Fountains of Paradise - A. C. Clark
- Cyteen - C.J. Cherryh
- The Mars Trilogy - K. S. Robinson
- The Diamon Age - N. Stephenson
- Rainbows End - V. Vinge
- Incandescence - G. Egan
20 books that all bioscientists should read
- A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson
- Darwin by Adrian Desmond & James Moore
- DNA: the secret of life by Jim Watson
- Fragile Science: The reality behind the headlines by Robin Baker
- Genome by Matt Ridley
- I wish I’d made you angry earlier by Max Perutz
- Language of the genes by Steve Jones
- Microbes and man by John Postgate
- Oxygen - The molecule that made the world by Nick Lane
- Prometheans in the lab - Chemistry and the meaning of the modern world by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
- Stories of the Invisible - A guided tour of molecules by Philip Bail
- The beak of the finch by Jonathan Weiner
- The common thread - Science, politics, ethics and the human genome by John Sulston & Georgina Ferry
- The double helix by Jim Watson
- The eighth day of creation by Horace Judson
- The man who mistook his wife for a hat by Oliver Sacks
- The rise and fall of the third chimpanzee by Jared Diamond
- The sciences good study guide by Open University Worldwide
- Wonderful life by Stephen J. Gould
- Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig