Monday, February 11, 2008

Why Things Break: Understanding the World by the Way It Comes Apart: Mark Eberhart

Good read, bit too much about his old professors.

Feeding the Fire: The Lost History and Uncertain Future of Mankind's Energy Addiction: Mark Eberhart

Really fun book, if yur a scientist, EXCELLENT run down on thermodynamics. Will probably use this for a class I teach.

The man who ate the 747. Ben Sherwood ... Whimsical tale. It was good enough that I now have his next book
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud but I have not started it yet.

I also read in the last year a bunch of Karen Armstrong's books.
The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
The Battle for God: Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (2000)

A History of God: The 4000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (1993)

Also "Mindless eating" Brain Wansick. Very interesting read. A whole host of unconscious eating behaviours driven by macro and micro cues from our surroundings.

Just finished - in one sitting Monty Python Terry Jones's rant -
Terry Jones's War on the War on Terror (2005), ISBN 1-56025-653-2. Some points of view that I agree with but somewhat over the top.

much better was his "Barbarians" with Alan Eriera based on a BBC documentary series... Stickin' it to the myth that the Romans weren't barbaric.

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