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pj


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Posted: 2017-06-03 14:32
Economix

A book I have just read (five years too late.)

A dismal science nicely explained. I could have
a discussion over some later pages, over a beer.
But otherwise, a great comics. Not too many letters
not too many oversimplifications.

I endorse it wholeheartedly.

The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom Henry L. Mencken

jslade


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Posted: 2017-06-08 05:03
Best so far this year:
Burton Klein "Dynamic Economics" -best economics book I've looked at yet (mostly probably doesn't qualify as economics)
"Conquest of New Spain" by Bernal Díaz del Castillo -like the Anabasis for Spaniards.

"Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious."

pj


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Posted: 2017-06-11 20:23
And of course
Why Evolution is True

Amazing book. Full of delightful factoids,
like the amazing bird of kakapo,
number of vaginas in kangaroos, etc etc.

What I found very sad, was amount of effort
that the author took to convince,
that the evolution is not a theory,
which in my case it was a preaching to the choir.

Well, the flatearthers will be always with us. Sad

The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom Henry L. Mencken

svisstack


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Posted: 2017-06-12 11:44
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" is a fun for those who like physics.

Time well wasted.

pj


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Posted: 2017-08-08 13:23
Александр Панчин "Сумма биотехнологии"

Sorry, the book is in Russian, and I don't believe it will be translated.
More the pity.

Finally I have found the decent explanations of how the genetic engineering actually works. In four words: it's absolutely amazing.

In other life I would like to be an engineer of this kind.

And I totally agree with author's point. GMO is really bad.
Not the thing itself, but the expression in current usage.
Like GMO in "non GMO salt":
Hammertime



The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom Henry L. Mencken

tabris


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Posted: 2017-10-09 05:11
I am a few years late to this game but I just started The Expanse series by James S A Corey and am loving it.

Dilbert: Why does it seem as though I am the only honest guy on earth? Dogbert: Your type tends not to reproduce.

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Posted: 2017-10-09 08:43
is there anything about buying fish in the book?

Chiral is Tyler Durden

EGH


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Posted: 2017-10-30 18:27


No fish in that book, except possibly a Gold Fish in a Flask!

gax


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Posted: 2017-10-31 21:05
tabris: Good to know about The Expanse, I'm really enjoying the TV series and was thinking of picking up the book.

chiral3
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Posted: 2017-10-31 23:02
Paris In the Present Tense.

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chiral3
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Posted: 2017-11-01 01:40
After Paris... I've started The Genius Plague and Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice. Both seem promising.

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Rashomon


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Posted: 2017-11-01 12:52

  • Fun Home by Allison Bechdel

  • Strange Detectives by Roberto Bolaño

  • The Peregrine by J. A. Baker (from Herzog's rogue film school reading list)

  • Kafka by Robert Crumb and David Zaine Mairowitz

  • The Scientific Revolution by Steven Shapin




chiral3
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Posted: 2017-11-04 16:54
I am being redundant, but Paris... was so good, and it reminded me so much of Richard Powers, that I want to re-read Orfeo. Also amazing in a similar way.

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