- Sciency books
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Sciencemedicine Not got much to say about science IIRC.
The disappearing spoon is very good – really engaging treatment of the periodic table, all the histories and personalities involved in elemental discovery. If you like this then Primo Levi’s The periodic table is the masterpiece to move on to.
If you want to look like a clever-clogs on the train then Thomas Kuhn’s ‘The Structure of Scientific Revolutions‘ is a landmark work in the philosophy of science. Not the easiest read but could probably be worked up to with a few easier books.
If you are an acutal clever-clogs then Cybernetics by Norbert Weiner or The Nature of the Chemical Bond by Linus Pauling never go out of style.Posted 3 years agoAmbroseSubscriber
As above, loads of good recommendations. Also, Dr Tatiana’s Sex Advice to all Creation.
The Double Helix is a classic, especially the way it shows the confidence of Crick and Watson, and the way that Franklin is given such a subsidiary role.
Primo Levi is a really good call.Posted 3 years agokimbersSubscriber
Genome by Mat Ridley, is a good walk through each chromosome, though, it’s very out of date now, id love him to do an update.Posted 3 years ago
Mutants by Armand Leroi is great too,
+1 for SapienS
Selfish Gene and The Extended Phenotype by Dawkins, too his controversial personality shouldn’t, detract from the fact that he has written one of the most important science books of the 20th century
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