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    Life-changing books: recommendations from 17 leading scientists
    Project: The Total Library

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    1. Farthest North - Steve Jones, geneticist
    2. The Art of the Soluble - V. S. Ramachandran, neuroscientist
    3. Animal Liberation - Jane Goodall, primatologist
    4. The Foundation trilogy - Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist
    5. Alice in Wonderland - Alison Gopnik, developmental psychologist
    6. One, Two, Three... Infinity - Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist
    7. The Idea of a Social Science - Harry Collins, sociologist of science
    8. Handbook of Mathematical Functions - Peter Atkins, chemist
    9. The Mind of a Mnemonist - Oliver Sacks, neurologist
    10. A Mathematician’s Apology - Marcus du Sautoy, mathematician
    11. The Leopard - Susan Greenfield, neurophysiologist
    12. Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories of Mind and Behavior - Frans de Waal, psychologist and ethologist
    13. Catch-22 / The First Three Minutes - Lawrence Krauss, physicist
    14. William James, Writings 1878-1910 - Daniel Everett, linguist
    15. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Chris Frith, neuroscientist
    16. The Naked Ape - Elaine Morgan, author of The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis
    17. King Solomon's Ring - Marion Stamp Dawkins, Zoologist

    Photo of the Vasconcelos Library by Eneas De Troya

    Mon, Apr 21, 2008  Permanent link

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    Rourke     Tue, Apr 22, 2008  Permanent link
    I read this article with interest and was incredibly disappointed at the way Michio Kaku blatantly used the feature to promote his new book. It tainted my opinion of the whole thing. Great idea though. I wonder if they've been following The Total Library...
    Robokku     Tue, Apr 22, 2008  Permanent link
    Interesting, if not all of them are quite my cup of library tea. I agree with Obvious - trashy input from Kaku was a real drag. That sort of intrusive behaviour really spoils my mood.

    What cheered me up, though, was your choice of picture for this post. I love pictures of libraries stacked with books. Especially big libraries.

    I love
    • the regularity of the arrangement of volumes
    • the desperate and constant reigning into order of their slightly less regular shapes (by shelves)
    • the knowledge that inside each one is yet another, rougher, feigned neatness that has been squeezed first from the head of a person who has made to himself or herself sense of the world
    • and behind it all, at the beginning, all the raw, jumbled ways things are.

    And after all these layers of interpretation and categorising and cataloguing, we have an enormous, incomprehensibly comprehensive list of perceived or imagined states of affairs, almost as bizarre as our starting point, overwhelming, but navigable by its artifice. Then we take a snapshot.

    When future generations ask about the old libraries, people will have to say:

    "like information, built."



    (There was another library picture here. Let's have some more!)
    Olena     Tue, Dec 1, 2009  Permanent link
    Thank you for this!
    I'll have to read some of these...

    I must have missed the Kaku thing, it wasn't in the video article/you linked to... where is that part?
    I'm not surprised he would do that, the man is clearly good at marketing and as long as he uses advertising to spread good information, I think it's ok. I've learned a lot from reading his lectures. But I understand how that's pretty intrusive and shameless, also.

    Now, about the Foundation Trilogy. I recently finished that and am reading Foundation's Edge. I love these books, and although I see how Asimov was a real visionary, I can't escape some criticisms that go through my mind: the Trilogy is set tens of thousands of years in the future, and yet, humanity still behaves very similarly to the way they do now, or have in the past. Perhaps it will be that way, I don't know, but it just doesn't strike me as terribly futuristic because I'm of the belief that we might have a change in perspective in that amount of time. You know — the paradigm shift. I'm not sure if that was a prominent idea in Isaac's time, so maybe that's why it's missing from the writing. Or perhaps he wrote it in such a way that we would still understand the characters, relate to them. What do you think?

    Also, it's strange that Earth has been all but forgotten in the scheme of human history. That is, I know that since it's very far in the future it might be a little difficult to keep track of things... but even today, our origins are so important to us! That no one is even concerned about origins in the Foundation realm, save for a few historians, seems a little silly to me.

    Anyway, thank you again for sharing this!
    Fast T     Wed, Dec 2, 2009  Permanent link
    Lists such as this spell a certain magic for me, always. thanks for this one. Robokku, love your comment. Libraries indeed are enfolding so much of the endeavor of sense making and reining the wilderness of human reflective nature.
    ColdBloodedKyle     Sat, Dec 5, 2009  Permanent link
    Thanks for the book recomendations one of my favorite books of all time is book that questions our very ancestory. It might be old but Chariots of The Gods? by Eric Van Dannaken was a book that questions the conventional and points out the what if questions that have haunted people for generations. Even though he's not a scientist he put 2+2 togeher and came up with some pretty controversial theroies ( like any good scientist). In a sense it's like Indiana Jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull. But what van dannaken was saying was that this was not isolated but it was worldwide as in a almost ancient industreal revolution. He pointed out many things that pointed to early interaction with extra terrestrial beings in ancient time. Almost every time in the bible that a heavenly being comes out of the sky sounds like E.T. Interactions. Enough with my opinon pick up a copy a see for yourself.
     
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