11 books on the list
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The Hidden History of Measurement from Cubits to Quantum Constants
Explore the fascinating world of measurement in this revelatory story that will change the way you view the world. From rainfall to atoms, happiness to fear, we measure everything. Discover the history of this urge to measure and its ubiquity in modern society. Follow humanity's quest for dependable truths through the ages, from ancient Egyptians to the modern world. Full of mavericks, breakthroughs, and adventure, this provocative book shows how measurement has not only shaped the world around us but has also made us who we are today.
James’ book “Beyond Measure” is fabulous. As is this 🧵 – source
THANK YOU mystery book-giver for this gem! This one is interesting because in it's attempt to convice the reader, it highlights the logical fallacies (1955) that are STILL the bedrock of UFO/UAP advocates. Here's a few (thread): – source
Something Deeply Hidden
Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime
Delve into the mind-bending world of quantum mechanics with this groundbreaking book by Sean Carroll, one of the world's top theoretical physicists. "Something Deeply Hidden" challenges long-held beliefs in physics, and offers a revolutionary new theory that changes everything we know about space and time. Carroll argues that there are many copies of us in the universe, generated thousands of times per second. His compelling case for the Many Worlds Theory will transform the way you view your place in the cosmos.
@mesolithicguy @seanmcarroll @IvanBuchanJanus I think Sean is excellent. Always pushes me to think! His book ‘Something Deeply Hidden’ is great too, if you want your brain scrambled! – source
Also recommended byJoe RoganEzra KleinSean CarrollScott Barry KaufmanK Ken Nakamura
The Worst Journey in the World
This memoir explores the perils and hardships faced by members of the 1910-1913 British Antarctic Expedition. Apsley Cherry-Garrard, a member of the team, shares his honest account of their disastrous outcome and the struggles they faced, including extreme cold and darkness. One particularly challenging mission was to recover eggs of the Emperor penguin in complete darkness and subzero temperatures. This book has received excellent reviews for its frank portrayal of human suffering under extreme conditions.
“If you match your Winter Journeys you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin’s egg.” Truly a masterpiece. Certainly one of the finest books I’ve ever read. It will live with me for the rest of my life: – source
Also recommended byAlastair HumphreysJerry Coyne
Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories
"Uncover the Psychology of Conspiracy Theories in this intriguing read. In 'Suspicious Minds', explore the history and consequences of conspiracism and gain insights into the surprising reasons why so many of us are drawn to implausible and unproven theories. From our brain's quirks and foibles to our deepest desires and assumptions about the world, discover the fascinating psychology behind why we believe in sinister schemes. This thought-provoking book challenges us to question our own biases and understand the predictable nature of conspiracy theories in modern society."
@rob_brotherton Great book. – source
Atlas of Remote Islands
Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot On and Never Will
Year 8 Geography homework. I’m freestyling. Off topic. But one of my all time favourite books... – source
How UFOs Conquered the World
The History of a Modern Myth
Explore the fascinating origins of the UFO phenomenon and its changing meaning throughout the 20th century in this thought-provoking book. Delve into the history of UFO sightings leading up to World War I and discover how reports of these mysterious flying objects have evolved alongside world events, scientific advancements, and cultural shifts. From the overlap between UFO belief and religion to the influence of superstition, this book offers a unique perspective on the enduring impact of this enduring mythology.
For all the #UFO ‘believers’ getting a bit tetchy with me today, I’m just winding you up and I’m sorry! For those interested in such things, this is the best book to read on the subject imho. – source
How to Be an Explorer of the World
Portable Life Museum
Explore the art and science of everyday life with this interactive guide by the author of Wreck This Journal. Discover how artists and scientists alike observe, collect, document, analyze, and compare the world around them. This guided journal encourages readers to explore their surroundings and document their findings through interactive prompts and beautiful illustrations. From taking notes and collecting travel souvenirs, to noticing patterns and focusing on one thing at a time, this book will inspire you to see the world with fresh eyes.
Parents. You are now inundated with online ‘stuff’ for kids. But this is a wonderful book I’d like to throw in the mix by Keri Smith: – source
The Demon-Haunted World
Science as a Candle in the Dark
Exploring the importance of scientific thinking in our technology-driven world, this Pulitzer Prize-winning book by acclaimed astronomer Carl Sagan dismantles the myths of pseudoscience and highlights its threat to our democracy. Using examples from history and contemporary culture, Sagan debunks popular fallacies like witchcraft and demon possession, while warning against the growing allure of conspiracy theories and unreason that threaten our fundamental freedoms. A must-read for anyone seeking to make informed decisions in a world awash with misinformation.
@TheChilterns Even if you profoundly disagree with Clarke, it’s very detailed. The classic is of course ‘The Demon Haunted World’ by Carl Sagan. When I’m Prime Minister it will be compulsory reading at school! Best book on what science is/isn’t and why we think the way we do. 👍 – source
Also recommended bySeth MacFarlaneMichael McKeanMichael E. MannDavid Priess
Queen of the Air
This biography explores the fascinating life of a woman who achieved iconic status as a female adventurer. Amy Johnson's private and public life was filled with adventure, and her death remains a mystery.
@woodzmeister @sciencemuseum Have a read of Midge Gillies book and see if you change your mind! – source