TWIS Bookclub – Summer 2011


Catch up with the bookclub this summer! Here’s a list of books we have read:

November, 2009
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann – Biology, Anthropology

December, 2009
The Canon by Natalie Angier – General Science

January, 2010
The Earth After Us – What Legacy Will Humans Leave in the Rocks? by Jan Zalasiewicz – Earth Science

February, 2010
Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes by Daniel L. Everett – Biology, Anthropology

March, 2010
Collider by Paul Halpern – Physics

April, 2010
Beyond Human: Living with Robots and Cyborgs by Gregory Benford & Elisabeth Malartre – Technology

May, 2010
From Eternity To Here: The Quest For the Ultimate Theory of Time by Sean Carroll – Physics

June, 2010
The Equation That Couldn’t Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry by Mario Livio – Physics

July, 2010
The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing The Climate and What It Means Fro Life On Earth by Tim Flannery – Earth Science

August, 2010
Good Natured: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals by Franz B. M. de Waal – Biology

September, 2010
Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software by Charles Petzgold – Technology

October, 2010
Dark Banquet by Bill Schutt – Biology

November, 2010
Bad Science by Ben Goldacre – General Science

December, 2010
Apocalypse – Earthquakes, Archaeology, and the Wrath of god by Amos Nur – General Science

January, 2011
The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth’s History by David Beerling – Ecology

February, 2011
Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá – Human Sexuality

March, 2011
Titan Unveiled: Saturn’s Mysterious Moon Explored by Ralph Lorenz and Jacqueline Mitton – Planetary Science

April, 2011
The Chemistry of Life by Steven Rose – Biology, Chemistry

May, 2011
The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature by Steven Pinker – Psychology

June, 2011
Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear by Dan Gardner – Psychology

And, here are some additional books we think are worth your precious summer time…

Endless Forms Most Beautiful (Sean Carroll)
The Extended Phenotype (Richard Dawkins)
Life: An Unauthorised Biography (Richard Fortey)
Microcosmos (Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan)

The Fabric of Reality (David Deutsch)
QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (Richard Feynman)
Black Holes and Time Warps (Kip Thorne)

Deep History
Genes, Peoples and Languages (Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza)
Origins Reconsidered (Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin)

A Man on the Moon (Andrew Chaikin)
Mapping Mars (Oliver Morton)

Science Fiction
Stories of Your Life and Others (Ted Chiang)
Permutation City (Greg Egan)
Mars Trilogy (Kim Stanley Robinson)
Star Maker (Olaf Stapledon)
Schismatrix (Bruce Sterling)
Time (Stephen Baxter)
Old Man’s War (John Scalzi)
The Uplift Series (David Brin)

The Demon-Haunted World (Carl Sagan)
Consilience (Edward Wilson)

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (Douglas Hofstadter)
Mapping the Deep (Robert Kunzig)

Feel free to add to our list!


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