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Bookworm 2016: Peak Book

Last year I made the error of kicking off the top-of-the-pops post with the second-best book of the year, leaving the site carrying the runner-up at the top of the page for a while. This year, I will not make the same mistake, and will merely mention, for example, Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, the utterly silly, […]

Bookworm 2014: Realities Uncovered

Though much of my non-fiction reading this year was dedicated to books about pregnancy and babies, for yes, even us nerds sometimes manage to procreate, I did manage to slip in a few non-themed titles. John McWhorter’s Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue is a delightful analysis of some of the roots of modern English as we […]

Bookworm 2013: Reality Check

Well, it almost took a full year. I started reading Douglas R. Hofstadter’s Goedel, Escher, Bach in late July 2012, and finally brought it to an end in late March 2013. In the meantime, I’ve nibbled at it, took it slow, worked through some of the proofs and puzzles, took some short breaks, then took some […]

From the Shrinking Moon to the Cold Hard Truths

[flickr]photo:4910219321[/flickr] So, the Moon is shrinking! Granted, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter images indicate it is by a mere 100 meters of diameter in something like 100-1000 million years. The damn thing is actually cooling off on the inside and getting scrunched up on the surface. Fascinating, isn’t it? However, what might turn out to be […]

Not the Bang We Were Looking For

[flickr]photo:4861065198[/flickr] I’m not sure which one I like more, a possibly immense new discovery that has the potential to fundamentally change our world-view, or a really solid thrashing of pompous-sounding but fundamentally flawed kooky “scientists” trying to displace one of the foundational theories of modern physics by using the very physics they are trying to […]

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    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time
    Pilgermann
    The Ophiuchi Hotline
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    Green Eyes
    Crackpot Palace: Stories
    Acceptance
    Echopraxia
    Jagannath
    The Fractal Prince
    The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter


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