August 2017: What Non-fiction are you reading now?

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August 2017: What Non-fiction are you reading now?

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1LynnB
Ago 11, 2017, 11:46am

2Bookmarque
Ago 11, 2017, 12:55pm

Just started The Horologicon by Mark Forsyth which is odd and funny as usual - great for a language/word nerd like me.

3Meredy
Ago 11, 2017, 3:32pm

I'm still engaged with The Evangelicals, which is going to take a while, and a privately published 1970 work on science and religion called Cosmic Splendor.

I'll be needing an antidote sometime soon, I expect.

4Limelite
Ago 17, 2017, 9:38pm

Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space, a totally engrossing and clear narrative (with some particle physics thrown in) about the world changing discovery made by CERN's HLC scientists in the ATLAS and CMS experiments, and announced July 4, 2012. Written by my favorite physicist-author, Lisa Randall.

5Helenliz
Ago 18, 2017, 1:49am

I'm reading A Room of one's own by Virginia Woolf. It doesn't feel 90 years old.

7Helenliz
Ago 20, 2017, 4:37am

Finished A Room of One's Own, a books based on a pair of lectures given by Virginia Woolf. Interesting. Not sure how much we've moved on in ~ 90 years.

8bernsad
Ago 20, 2017, 6:57am

Reading State of Fire on the history of volunteer fire fighting in Victoria, Australia.

9LynnB
Ago 20, 2017, 11:31am

11SChant
Ago 23, 2017, 5:17am

Just started The Blind Giant, Nick Harkaway's take on digital culture.

12GerrysBookshelf
Ago 23, 2017, 8:28am

Just started Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski. It's been ages since I took physics in college, so this is a nice review of basics.

13SChant
Ago 23, 2017, 10:28am

>14 Read that earlier this year - she's an excellent communicator, both in print and on TV.

14JulieLill
Ago 23, 2017, 11:57am

>14 JulieLill: That book sounds interesting. I took physics a million years ago and somehow passed it.

15Limelite
Ago 24, 2017, 5:09pm

>13 SChant: Have you read Gleick's The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood? Similar subject, great overview, and not too hard science.

16SChant
Ago 25, 2017, 4:07am

>17 Not read that one - I'll have to add it to my list. I've got his Chaos: the making of a new science on my TBR shelf, though.

17Limelite
Ago 25, 2017, 8:57pm

>18 THAT is one of my fav books. I read it when chaos theory and Mandelbrot fractals were new news to the gen pub. I still have my copy. It impressed me so much that I rank it up there with William H Calvin's The River That Flows Uphill in terms of impact on my intellectual awareness.

Enjoy your encounter -- it will make you "see" the world in a whole new way.

18paradoxosalpha
Ago 28, 2017, 12:11pm

I finally finished Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism, and the Politics of Identity and posted my review. What a disturbingly timely read. I had started it last month, and got to see the Wewelsburg "black sun" actually flying on flags in Charlottesville while I was still working through the book.

19LynnB
Ago 29, 2017, 6:49am

I'm about to start One Native Life by Richard Wagamese for a book club discussion next week.