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Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers' Guide
Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers' Guide Reviews

Review: A very comprehensive look at Ruby and the aspects of the language people seem to enjoy. Explanations on the difference between Ruby 1.9 and previous iterations are also very thorough. Read more

The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology Reviews

Review: The beauty of Kurzweil is that he really goes his homework before he authors a book.

Age of Spiritual Machines had more style to it but this book is very dense in terms of domain knowledge.

I miss the metalogue he had going with himself. Maybe I just like those voices in my own head. :-) Read more

Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain--and How it Changed the World
Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain--and How it Changed the World Reviews

Review: A wonderful read about the history and discovery of the brain. Read more

At the Water's Edge: Fish with Fingers, Whales with Legs, and How Life Came Ashore but Then Went Back to Sea
At the Water's Edge: Fish with Fingers, Whales with Legs, and How Life Came Ashore but Then Went Back to Sea Reviews

Review: Dec. 21--This book is just outstanding! It is the only book that clearly shows how natural selection and evolution really >work< through macroevolution, or the evolution of large body structures. The story that Zimmer relates of how some critters have gone into the sea, back to the land, and repeated this several times, taught me stuff that even I hadn't heard about (as an eclectic reader of evolutionary biology tomes). There's also a fine amount of the history of paleontology woven into t... Read more

Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea
Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea Reviews

Review: Brilliant non-technical summary of the history and modern advances in evolutionary science. I think the part about the formation of our planet and the Precambrian era with the first multicellular species was particularly intriguing.

I learned a great deal about the origin of mankind (I did not know for example that we were an entirely different branch of the hominids than the homo erectus). In the last chapter Zimmer does a great job revealing the hidden agenda of creationists in the USA... Read more

On Intelligence: How a New Understanding of the Brain Will Lead to the Creation of Truly Intelligent Machines
On Intelligence: How a New Understanding of the Brain Will Lead to the Creation of Truly Intelligent Machines Reviews

Review: I have plenty of praise for this book, but most important is its accessibility. Apart from necessary jargon, Hawkins speaks in layman's terms and is willing to crack a joke at the right time. That said, the author takes his work seriously, and is determined to get his readers prepared to understand the results of his neuroscience research. For that reason, On Intelligence isn't light reading. That the book taught me a great deal about intelligence while rarely requiring me to look up information... Read more

Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach
Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach Reviews

Review: The most comprehensive book of Artificial Intelligence you'll ever read .. it contains almost everything you need to know about the field Read more

Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe
Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe Reviews

Review: The universe is not an "inefficient design," where we could have existed in a smaller universe (at least not with our universe's laws of physics).

I cannot say that there is not a "multi-verse," but I believe there is a designer.

"The physicist Max Planck claimed that theories are never abandoned until their proponents are all dead - that science advances 'funeral by funeral'" (p. 10).

". . . . it is a leap of faith to apply it on scales a hundred million times larger" (p. 8... Read more

Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History Reviews

Review: For me, some parts of this story were fascinating while other parts were horrifying but it was the way in which Erik Larson told the story that made it a worthwhile read. It was an event that I knew nothing about until I read this book Read more

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