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In the last couple weeks I have finished three of Carl Sagans books, Cosmos, Pale Blue Dot, and The Demon-Haunted World.

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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

I am a strong proponent of advancing progress towards space travel. This book is an interesting autobiography with some good life advice thrown in as well.

The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Love, love, love this book. Sagan encourages skeptical thinking as a way to avoid bullshit and the manipulative hold of charlatans. I wish this was required reading in our schools and churches, truly would protect a lot of people.


On a recent trip to an old bookstore on a coastal Washington town, I found in the science section a nicely bound book which I had read decades before. Titled

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Reading List Update

A long time ago I brought up the matter of reading Computer Science books to backfill my education on the matter.

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The Grand Design

Basically Hawking doesn't like the whole Intelligent Design stuff, so he wrote a short book describing how cool the universe is without it requiring a creator. I loved his previous work, but this one comes across as flabby and negative (and I'm not an ID proponent either). If you want to read a good version of this, read Carl Sagan's Cosmos.

The Elegant Universe

String theory, string theory, string theory. Is it real or imaginary? Who knows? But Brian Greene (former prof at Cornell) sure loves it and wants everyone to believe in it. I'm not convinced.

Pale Blue Dot

Sobering reflection on how inconsequential we are, populating just one tiny planet in the vast cosmos. But hey, reality check! He then paints a humanistic future, love Carl.

A Brief History of Time

Hawking at his finest, this book drew a young highschool Zack to see Hawking deliver a lecture in Seattle and increase his fervor for Physics. Truly a stunning landmark book in explaining things like black holes to the masses. A+

Six Easy Pieces

A distilled version of his lectures, which makes this much more approachable that the former.

The Feynman Lectures on Physics

Read during the window between highschool and college, this series of books fired my passion for science as an understandable and explainable discipline, not just wizardry for smart people. That said, it's quite a haul to get through these, but it's worth it.