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Coming of Age in the Milky Way
Timothy Ferris - Jul 01, 1988
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From the second-century celestial models of Ptolemy to modern-day research institutes and quantum theory, this classic book offers a breathtaking tour of astronomy and the brilliant, eccentric personalities who have shaped it. From the first time mankind had an inkling of the vast space that surrounds us, those who study the universe have had to st...
Joe Gadway
Oct 08, 2021
The best popular science book I have ever read. How big is the universe? How old is the universe? Scientists have found answers to these questions after thousands of years of study. This book describes how they did it. #ComingOfAgeInTheMilkyWay @loworbit      source
Metamagical Themas
Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern
Douglas Hofstadter - Dec 31, 1984 (first published in 1985)
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Hofstadter's collection of quirky essays is unified by its primary concern: to examine the way people perceive and think....
Joe Gadway
May 02, 2021
Metamagical Themas Douglas Hofstadter A collection of Scientific American columns from the early 1980s. A massive book by a professor of Human Understanding. Creativity and puzzles and paradoxes and logic and artificial intelligence, all jumbled together.      source
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Fact Vs. Fiction
Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News
Jennifer Lagarde - Dec 19, 2018
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The advent of the 24-hour news cycle, citizen journalism and an increased reliance on social media as a trusted news source have had a profound effect not only on how we get our news, but also on how we evaluate sources of information, share that information and interact with others in online communities. When these issues are coupled with the "fak...
Joe Gadway
Feb 01, 2021
Fact Vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News Jennifer LaGarde A book for teachers that we can all learn from.      source
The Story of Philosophy
The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers
Will Durant - Jan 01, 1991 (first published in 1926)
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A brilliant and concise account of the lives and ideas of the great philosophers—Plato, Aristotle, Bacon, Spinoza, Voltaire, Kant, Schopenhauer, Spencer, Nietzsche, Bergson, Croce, Russell, Santayana, James, and Dewey—The Story of Philosophy is one of the great books of our time. Few write for the non-specialist as well as Will Durant, and this boo...
Joe Gadway
Dec 24, 2020
The Story of Philosophy Will Durant This is a classic and brilliant book for anyone who wants to be really smart.      source
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Our Oriental Heritage
The Story of Civilization, Volume 1
Will Durant - Jul 01, 1997 (first published in 1935)
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This is the classic reference on world history, recognized as the most comprehensive general history ever written, the result of four decades of work by Will and Ariel Durant -- a set that The New York Times called "a splendid, broad panorama of hereditary culture in words and images that the layman can fully understand." This series began as an ef...
Joe Gadway
Nov 28, 2020
This great old book is still worth reading. It was published in 1935 and was Volume 1 of the 11 volume set called "The Story of Civilization." "Civilization is social order promoting cultural creation.... It begins where chaos and insecurity end."      source
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The Ascent of Science
Brian L. Silver - Feb 26, 1998 (first published in 1990)
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In The Ascent of Science, Silver provides a sweeping and dynamic overview of the whole of Western science, from the Renaissance to the present. In it, he translates the most profoundly important, and often impenetrably obscure, scientific developments into a vernacular that is not only accessible and illuminating but highly enjoyable as well. From ...
Joe Gadway
Nov 27, 2020
The Ascent of Science Great book about the history of science. At room temperature oxygen molecules in the air move about 1030 miles per hour and collide with other molecules six BILLION times per second! Even in a quiet room, there is a LOT happening!      source
Historians' Fallacies
Toward a Logic of Historical Thought by David Hackett Fischer (1971-05-13)
Jan 01, 1792 (first published in 1970)
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"If one laughs when David Hackett Fischer sits down to play, one will stay to cheer. His book must be read three times: the first in anger, the second in laughter, the third in respect....The wisdom is expressed with a certain ruthlessness. Scarcely a major historian escapes unscathed. Ten thousand members of the American Historical Association wil...
Joe Gadway
Sep 16, 2020
Historian's Fallacies A great book about thinking clearly and avoiding errors. Specifically about historical thinking but the principles apply everywhere.      source
The White House Years
Jim Newton - Oct 04, 2011
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“Newton's contribution is as cogent an inventory of Eisenhower's White House years as I've ever read. He blends masterful writing with historic detail and provides the value-added of Ike as the man and the leader.”—Chuck Hagel, Distinguished Professor, Georgetown University; U.S. Senator (1997–2009)Newly discovered and declassified documents make f...
Joe Gadway
Aug 19, 2020
Eisenhower: The White House Years Jim Newton Smart people have to know history! Here is a great book about one of our great presidents. I still like Ike!      source
A Workbook for Arguments
A Complete Course in Critical Thinking
David R. Morrow - Nov 20, 2019 (first published in 2011)
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David Morrow and Anthony Weston build on Weston's acclaimed A Rulebook for Arguments to offer a complete textbook for a course in critical thinking or informal logic. Features of the book include:Homework exercises adapted from a wide range of actual arguments from newspapers, philosophical texts, literature, movies, YouTube videos, and other sourc...
Joe Gadway
Aug 16, 2020
A Workbook for Arguments David R. Morrow "A complete course in critical thinking." A good book for people who want to train their brains!      source
The Art of Happiness
Epicurus - Dec 24, 2012 (first published in 270)
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New to Penguin Classics and the perfect companion volume to bestselling author Daniel Klein's new book, ...
Joe Gadway
Aug 12, 2020
Book for intermediate philosophers. "Epicurus defined happiness as the absence of pain, both physical and mental...." He warned against seeking happiness in ways that will lead to future pain, or that will inflame our desires. Sounds like wisdom to me.      source
Thinking and Reasoning
A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Jonathan Stb. T. Evans - Nov 28, 2017
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Our extraordinary capacity to reason and solve problems sets us aside from other animals, but our evolved thinking processes also leave us susceptible to bias and error. The study of thinking and reasoning goes back to Aristotle, and was one of the first topics to be studied when psychology separated from philosophy. In this Very Short Introduction...
Joe Gadway
Aug 09, 2020
Thinking and Reasoning: A Very Short Introduction Anything Smart Thinker's Book Club Title #1! Simple introduction to cognitive psychology, how our brains work or DON'T work. Learning how something works is the first step to making it work better!      source
Claude Levi-Strauss by Patrick Wilcken
Your Health by Editors of Reader'S Digest
The Iliad by Homer
The Odyssey of Homer by Homer
Crisis in the Red Zone by Richard Preston
Grand Pursuit by Sylvia Nasar
Economics For Dummies by Sean Masaki Flynn
50 Big Ideas You Really Need to Know by Ben Dupre