Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki
Harper Collins Publishers
|Pigeon Poo, the Universe and Car Paint and other awesome science moments|
If you like your science in easy, bite-sized chunks, or are just interested in the world around you, this is the book to buy. Dr Karl has the knack of being able to explain science in ways that are both amusing and informative. The title of the book is actually one of the stories in the book.
As the cover blurb says "Pigeons landed a couple of scientists a Nobel Prize, because somebody bothered to discover the difference between Pigeon Poo and The Origins of The Universe". This may sound rather far fetched, but when you read the article that accompanies the title, it all makes sense.
Statements like "What really killed Elvis Aaron Presley (and why was he buried twice)? Why do men have nipples?" (And you will be surprised at the answer!!) "Why can the pill make a woman choose Mr Wrong, and why are there traffic jams in the middle of nowhere?" If any of these questions pique your interest, get the book!! The answers are there!
I first heard Dr Karl Kruszelnicki on Double J, as it was known then, in Sydney in the early 70's. He had short segments on the station handing out gems of science like the ones in the book . I have heard him speak and speaks just the way her writes. You want MORE, and in many cases, the information he gives can whet your appetite to go out and find out more about the subject.
One of the better things about this book is that at no time do you feel that he is talking down to you. The science is there, but it is easily understood. The words used give the meaning that is required, BUT, they also entertain. You may be surprised at the amount of information your will learn!
(Stuart Kauffman, Penguin 1996)
|At Home in the Universe, The Search for Laws of Complexity
In searching for the laws of complexity, Kauffman has taken his sub-title too seriously. He has created a very complex book, which is trying to be so clever that it loses the lay reader entirely.
Unless one can explain complexity in a simple fashion, there seems to be little point in attempting to do so for the mass audience. Someone needs to do for complexity theory what Gleickdid for Chaos Theory. Based on this book, Kauffman isn't the one.
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