Category Archives: Book Review

My Web Comics

When the whole web-comic appeared, I didn’t think too much of it.  But then I found a really good one.  Then I found another and another.  I thought I would share my favorites.  It’s a good way to kill a … Continue reading

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A Universe from Nothing – Chapter 1

A Cosmic Mystery Story: Beginnings This is an excellent chapter as it really emphasizes the difference between reality and our perceptions.  A long time ago, a man was imprisoned for life because he claimed something that wasn’t obvious.  Now, that … Continue reading

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“A Universe From Nothing” an Introduction

As I stated yesterday, I’ll be doing a review of Lawrence Krauss‘ new book A Universe From Nothing. Basically, this book was a lecture by Krauss before it was a book.  That lecture has gotten over 1.4 million hits on … Continue reading

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Chains of Causality

My boy was reading “Because a Little Bug Went Kachoo” today in the car and it got me to thinking (yeah, I know). That book is actually quite profound in that it follows the chain of cause and effect through … Continue reading

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Pern and Berk – A Comparison of Dragons

Netflix has the “How to Train Your Dragon” Holiday Special (Can you say ‘Yak-nog’?) and while watching this,  I was struck by the similarity between the concepts of the dragons of Berk and the dragons of Anne McCaffery’s Pern. Now, … Continue reading

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Political Systems

I read a book several years ago, Freehold by Michael Williamson.  I was struck by how utopian everything sounded.  When you get into the details of how the government system he describes works, then it’s really interesting.  I don’t think … Continue reading

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The Emergence of Life – Chapter 3

Selection in Prebiotic Chemistry: Why This… and not that? First Luisi presents us with some basic facts.  If you don’t agree with any of these, let me know. Life on Earth started 3.5 to 3.9 billion years ago.  Probably earlier, … Continue reading

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The Emergence of Life – Chapter 2

Since I’ve been featured in the 40th Carnival of Evolution, I guess I’d better get on the stick and finish this book review. Approaches to the Definitions of Life This chapter takes on two topics.  What is the definition of … Continue reading

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The Emergence of Life – Chapter 1

Chapter 1 – Conceptual Framework of Research on the Origin of Life on Earth The book is not what I expected, in entirety.  At first, I wasn’t sure I liked the direction it was taking.  I think I get it … Continue reading

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The Emergence of Life – A Chapter by Chapter Review

So begins round two of my book reviews.  I bought The Emergence of Life: From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology by Dr. Pier Luigi Luisi pretty much without knowing anything about the author or the book. I honestly don’t know … Continue reading

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