Daily GUIDE-ance:

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Dragons of Eden -Carl Sagan
King and Emperor- Harry Harrison
Changes-Jim Butcher
Holes-Louis Sachar
The Knight and Knave of Swords-Fritz Leiber
Goblet of Fire-JKR
A Short History of Nearly Everything-Bill Bryson
Cosmos-Carl Sagan
A Brief History of Time-Stephen Hawking

This is what I have had to climb over/around to reach my bed lately. Time to shovel the books back onto their shelves.


timpani76 said...

A Short History of Nearly Everything-Bill Bryson? Have you read all of this? Would someone who is working on about %50 of their normal brain capacity (due to nursing a baby and general sleep deprivation) be able to muddle through and also enjoy it?

Eyepoke said...

Yeah, I read it all. I really liked that book.

It's written in a pretty fun and entertaining style. A few parts are down right hilarious. I'd say its at least worth a go at for the hypothetical nursing mother.

The author's intent was partly to write about science for an audience of intellegent, but not mathematically-inclined-asberger-syndrome types. Also he wanted to not just explain what scientists claim to know, but more to explain HOW they know it and what level of uncertainity exists in thier "knowing".

Lots of interesting things in there, for instance: how many actual human/prehuman skeletons our understanding of human evolution is based on. (Not enough to fill the seats in a highschool auditorium, is how he describes it.) Lots of helpful common sense analogies like that to help you get the scale of things.

Eyepoke said...

I also got a huge kick out of the chapter on all the different types of natural disasters that could happen at any time and pretty much wipe out human culture regardless of what we might do to prepare.

timpani76 said...

I was so not being hypothetical and very obviously talking about myself. I feel like an idiot lately, and not the good kind.

Alright, my library system had it in Large Print, which usually helps me concentrate. I will give it a shot since I looked it up on Amazon and it sounded like a really good book.