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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aug 11, 2017, 11:46am

aug 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.

aug 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.

aug 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.

aug 18, 2017, 1:49am

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

aug 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.

aug 20, 2017, 6:57am

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

aug 20, 2017, 11:31am

aug 23, 2017, 5:17am

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

aug 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.

aug 23, 2017, 10:28am

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

aug 23, 2017, 11:57am

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

aug 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.

aug 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.

aug 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.

aug 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.

aug 29, 2017, 6:49am

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