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Punderstorm

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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!
 

Punderstorm

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Frankenstein's Cat by Emily Anthes.
It's a fascinating read.
 

Jeremy8419

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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.
 

Kephalos

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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
 

Kanra Jest

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*cackles quietly in the corner*
 

cosmic royal

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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.
 

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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. :smile:
 

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Today I'm going to start reading the Bible. All of it. Literally every page.

ESV though. I'm not that hardcore.
 

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Penpall. A book that was originally published on reddit but is now standing on its own in the 'real world'.

Its much better so far than this other... Disturbingly highly rated, book- 'The butterfly garden' which I found kinda contrived.
 

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I'm still going on strong with The Brothers Karamazov. This is a fantastic book, a true masterpiece. Anyone who is into philosophy/religion must read it. What's so great is how it goes so much in depth to describe all perspectives - those of the atheist, the agnostic and the deeply religious. I think anyone would be able to relate to this book in their own way.
 

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Today I'm going to start reading the Bible. All of it. Literally every page.

ESV though. I'm not that hardcore.
The Bible contains so many treasures in terms of poetry, storytelling, wisdom and getting to know God. But it's also full of contradictions, which is both a charm and a frustration. To state what I have just stated is a contradiction in and of itself, now that I think about it. Perhaps this tells us something about the contradictory nature of life in general, the background of which will always be a mystery to us during life on Earth.
 
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