Then I crash into a book or concept of hard science and my ego gets “flung down and danced upon”, as Mark Twain put it when discussing Fenimore Cooper’s flaunting of the rules of proper writing.
It is during these dark times that I wind up reading 15 Jack Reacher novels in a row to pretend that I’m no dummy.
But I do love science, I’m just behind the curve in a lot of areas. This is actually fun because there’s always something new to discover.
Like these books, which are books about science that didn’t intimidate or baffle me. They were challenging but accessible, and taught me a lot.
1. Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick
2. The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
3. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
4. The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence
5. Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman (Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard Feynman
And that’s it from yours truly. How about it? What can you add to this list?
PS: Rumor has it that my RSS Feed reverses the aging process.