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Chaos: Making a New Science
Chaos: Making a New Science
"Essential. Chaos is Science writing at its best. You'll learn about Chaos through a historical narrative that is full of interesting characters and stories. James Gleick is one of my favorite authors. Just get it and read it."
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
"My favorite book on String Theory. I prefer this to Brian Greene's later The Fabric of the Cosmos. Not too pop, not too hard. Just right."
Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher
Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher
"You have to know this stuff. Whether you need an introduction or a review, this will get you up to speed."
Evolution in Four Dimensions: Genetic, Epigenetic, Behavioral, and Symbolic Variation in the History of Life (Life and Mind: Philosophical Issues in Biology and Psychology)
Evolution in Four Dimensions: Genetic, Epigenetic, Behavioral, and Symbolic Variation in the History of Life (Life and Mind: Philosophical Issues in Biology and Psychology)
"Epigenetics is where interesting things are happening in biology. Find out what can be inherited without being encoded in the genome and how."
It Ain't Necessarily So: The Dream of the Human Genome and Other Illusions
It Ain't Necessarily So: The Dream of the Human Genome and Other Illusions
"Cut though the hype around the genome. Yes, this book is ten years old but it is still relevant."
Unsimple Truths: Science, Complexity, and Policy
Unsimple Truths: Science, Complexity, and Policy
"Nonlinear dynamics meets policy. Excellent summary of complexity and how to deal with uncertainty in setting policy. You did read Chaos right? That's OK, you can read it before or after this one."
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
"James Gleick's masterpiece. Fantastic account of the history and significance of information. A Must read! Who needs matter, we've got bits! If you read nothing else, read this and Chaos."