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    Any book at all, let us know how it is!

    Right now, I have three books open but I think I'm going to dedicate myself to A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. If you haven't already heard of this one, it's a work of non-fiction covering a general history of the sciences.

    Though Mr. Bryson tends to jump around from topic to topic (which interrupts the flow or continuity of the book), the material covered is so interesting that it just keeps you reading. It is written for an audience with little to no understanding of the subject matter, but still manages to delve into the deeper aspects of the topics. So far, I'd highly recommend this book!

    Next, I'm going to continue reading The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks.

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    Right now re-reading for the 5th or 6th time Cosmos by Carl Sagan. It's pretty much like poetry to me.
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    I'm about half way through Teddy Kennedy's "True Compass". Great book!

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    What am I reading?

    THIS!

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    Currently reading: "George Washington's War" ; December issue of Astronomy, Jan issue of Sky and Telescope, October issue of Baseball Digest.
    "Folks are basically decent, conventional wisdom would say. Well we read about the exceptions in the papers everyday." -- Neil Peart

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    Currently reading Stonewall Jackson, Founding Fathers, and the Rogue Warrior...

    Downloaded the Kindle for the PC off of amazon for FREE then spent 10 bucks for my 1st E-book (Founding Fathers) which downloaded in no more then a minute...... I did this just to see what reading an electronic book would be like and to be honest I will soon be purchasing a Kindle or similar reader...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    What am I reading?

    THIS!

    Hal

    This book is on my reading list, is it good?
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    I have read six different popular science books over the last couple of years. The most recent was "You Are Here - A Portable History of the Universe" by Christopher Potter. Its one of my favorite astronomy related books I have read so far. I have read several other books pertaining to different sciences, like paleontology and evolutionary biology.

    I'm also an avid reader of Stephen King, although I haven't read any of his most recent books. I did read his enormous seven book series called "The Dark Tower." One of the best series of fiction books since "Lord of Rings" by Tolkien in my opinion, which I have also read.
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    Stonewall Jackson
    Is this the one written by Henderson?

    The Dark Tower
    Excellent series, enjoyed every minute of it.
    "Folks are basically decent, conventional wisdom would say. Well we read about the exceptions in the papers everyday." -- Neil Peart

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    HEY MUSTANG SALLY:

    This 675-page work by Walter Isaacson is the most insightful book I've ever read on Albert Einstein, and I'm only 1/4 of the way into it. It was published in 2007.

    I was unaware that Einstein was such a rebellious student in his high school days in Germany and his University days in Switzerland. He renounced his
    German citizenship to become a Swiss citizen, because he found the Swiss authorities to be less militaristic and unyielding than the Germans. He later became a US citizen.

    He was a notorious "free thinker", and often challenged the leading scientific authorities if the day, and many times proved them in error! He would develop his theories and postulates without the aid of laboratory experiments...he would perform the experiments in his head! He also had family conflicts and his first child was born out of wedlock.

    He had falling-outs with more senior scientists because he thought their published papers were faulty. He was slow in finding a job as a professor, because the university regents didn't like his rebellious attitude.

    The author gives well-presented explanations of his writings on "relative motions" and later on his mass-energy equivalent theory, which began as
    L=mV^2, later to be changed to E=mC^2.

    I cant put this book down!

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