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    Quote Originally Posted by Tellenbach View Post
    Neuro Tribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity. An absolutely rivetting read so far. The first chapter discusses several notable Aspies: Henry Cavendish and Paul Dirac.

    An excerpt:

    "Newton was correct that the attraction between the spheres was very slight (just one part in 10 compared to Earth's gravity), but he underestimated what a man like Cavendish could pull off through sheer dogged persistence. First he built a stand-alone shed in his backyard to isolate the delicate oscillations of the mechanism from stray drafts and vibrations. Then he sealed the apparatus itself in a mahogany box and rigged up a system of pulleys so he could set the pendulum going without touching it. To calculate the forces acting on the spheres, he installed telescopes at both ends of the box, focusing them on vernier scales inside the chamber that enabled him to calculate the wire's torque to within 0.01 inch."

    "But the figure he came up with was so close to the actual density of the Earth that no researcher could best it for another hundred years. As a side benefit, his experiment indirectly provided the first estimate of the gravitational constant, known among physicists as 'Big G', which also turned out to be astonishingly accurate. Cavendish's experiment is now recognized as the inaugural moment of modern physics, laying the groundwork for centuries of breakthroughs to come, including Einstein's theories of relativity."
    I loved this book!
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    Frankenstein's Cat by Emily Anthes.
    It's a fascinating read.
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    The mannerisms of people around me.
    I have great faith in fools. My friends call it self-confidence.
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    Think ima buy Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus off Amazon. It occurs to me that I don't "go along with" women's emotionalism as much as I should.

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    The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey.
    "Avoid getting too preoccupied thinking about what you’re going to do, to actually do it."
    — Rachel Wolchin

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    Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer
    Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of American's Founding Ideas by David Hackett Fischer
    History of England from the Accession of James I to the Outbreak of the Civil War by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
    The Early Stuarts, 1603-1666 by Godfrey Davies
    The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood

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    *cackles quietly in the corner*
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    I'm going to start on Enshadowed, by Kelly Creagh very soon
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    Sometimes I Act Crazy, written by Kreisman & Straus, is much better than I ever thought it would be. I recommend this book to anybody having problems with identity and/or relationships.
    Reminder (for others):
    Your = belonging to you, you're = you are, they're = they are, their = belonging to them, there = not here.

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    I am reading 3 books:

    -I am still reading Proust's 'In Search of Lost Time', over a year after starting it, but my consolation is it's apparently between 3,200-4,300 pages long depending on translation, and I'm now over 70% complete (am reading it on a Kindle)! I can only read it in small doses / a 1-2 hr stretch, max, at a time, but I find it fantastic and extremely insightful.
    -I am in book 5 of Diana Gabaldan's 'Outlander' series. This is my brain candy/fast reading.
    -I have started 'Cadillac Desert', a nonfiction about the water development / issues /corruption/greed/politics/short-sightedness /stupidity of the western U.S. --- it is extremely good. I'm only about 60 pages in, though. I read this one at work during breaks and lunch.
    "...On and on and on and on he strode, far out over the sands, singing wildly to the sea, crying to greet the advent of the life that had cried to him." - James Joyce

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