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.
Visionary science fiction. An alien arrival with religious overtones forces the reader to question their beliefs in this alternate history of Earth (at least that is how I think of it). By the end, if you're not asking existential questions about humanity and our purpose, then you didn't read it!
I love the cadence of Clark's writing, there's just something very _clear_ about it. That said, this is a decent book but not my favorite from him.
It is a travesty that I haven't written a long review of this. LOVE THIS BOOK. Much more witty than the movie, which was very well made.
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.
Want to write code in an Object Oriented Language that is nice for your future self and your friends? This is a good place to start. Provides names to common patterns and pitfalls.