The Dark Forest is hands down the best work of sci-fi I’ve ever read – and that’s saying something. The characters and plot, combined with the science, make this an unbelievable work. I rate this a 5/5. Go. Read. It. Now. Plot: The race to same Earth and humans is on. From one improbable solution to the […]
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? aka Blade Runner introduces Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter who is tasked with bringing in androids. I rate this a 5/5. Plot: You need to round up some androids. The trouble is, there’s no way to distinguish an android from a human. Or is there? Craft: The writing is strong. Nice use […]
The Three-Body Problem blends Quantum Mechanics and Classical Physics into a story with a fascinating premise. The characters and plot, combined with the science, make this first book in the series, one you must read. I rate this a 4/5. Plot: So you send out a signal and now someone wants to annihilate you. Sounds like a Stephen […]
Nikki Dinki is my all-time favorite Next Food Network Star contestant. Her philosophy is that meat should not be the focus of a meal. This is a perfect approach for those trying to better-balance their plates while controlling Type 2. The book is slated for release in early 2016. You can read all about it […]
I’ve been enjoying dystopian literature of late. Dystopian literature deals with events in a flawed future. Everything is in place for the Utopia generations have hoped to achieve. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, something has gone terribly wrong. The Dystopian Novels I’ll be writing about are: The Time Machine, H.G. Wells, 1895 Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, 1932 […]
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer is the first in a trilogy about a place known as Area X. In the same way that nearly everyone over the age of 10 has an opinion about Area 54, the wider society in Annihilation believes a catastrophic environmental event occurred in Area X. Authorities have neither confirmed nor denied the rumors; […]
I’ve just been reading a fantastic book about penguins. Smithsonian Q&A Penguins by Lloyd Spencer Davis has everything I’ve been wondering about. It’s written in accessible language. It’s also fun to read. I’ve read a lot about marine mammals, and I was wishing there was a similar volume that included penguins. The best I could […]
My mission as a science writer is to make the complex simple. It frustrates me when I encounter well-educated people who insist there is no simple way to explain x, y, or z. Having written an entire book about applied fluid dynamics for laypeople, I also frankly find this hard to believe. SO – one ongoing project of […]
Three men, working independently in three different countries, were at the forefront of liquid-fueled rocket development. Although all three did their work at the start of the 20th century, none of them knew of the others’ work in time to use that work in their investigations, yet all three had one important thing in common.
Steven Strogatz is the Schurman Professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University. He has an impressive list of honors that include MIT’s highest teaching prize. According to the bio on his Web site, Strogatz is “passionate about public outreach and loves sharing the beauty of math and science with a wide audience.” Check it out.
Modeling Ships and Space Craft: The Science and Art of Mastering the Oceans and Sky begins with the theories of Aristotle and Archimedes, moving on to examine the work of Froude and Taylor, the early aviators and the Wright Brothers, Goddard and the other rocket men, and the computational fluid dynamic models of our time. It examines the ways each used fluid dynamic principles in the design of their vessels.
I’ve just started reading “The Perfection Point,” by John Brenkus — host of ESPN’s Sport Science. The first chapter calculates the maximum speed for the 100-meter sprint. Using the actual performance of Beijing Olympic championship runner Usian Bolt of Jamaica as a starting point, Brenkus arrives at a theoretical maximum fastest time of 8.99 minutes. Of […]
I’ve just finished listening to “Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of OliveOil” by Tom Mueller. Mueller lives in Italy and writes for The New Yorker, among others. His book is an exhaustive tome on the history, virtues, and adulteration of olive oil. I’ve been interested in this topic for about three years. Ever since […]
Hey! Here’s my interview with David Williams, author of Stories in Stone. It’s a fantastic book – full of interesting stories about the stone used in the cities of the US. For the techno-geek, there are plenty of details about the technology used to acquire and transport the stone. In keeping with my interests in […]
I recently read an excellent book – Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology by David B. Williams. In his book, Williams takes an in-depth, historical look at stone and stone-faced buildings in cities around the US. Given that I’ve been searching out fossils in stone buildings with my kids for years, this book was […]