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Coming of Age in the Milky Way
Timothy Ferris - 1988-07-01
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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
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
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Metamagical Themas
Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern
Douglas Hofstadter - 1984-12-31 (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
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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Patrick Collison
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Fact Vs. Fiction
Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News
Jennifer Lagarde - 2018-12-19
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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
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
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The Story of Philosophy
The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers
Will Durant - 1991-01-01 (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
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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Derek Sivers
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Our Oriental Heritage
The Story of Civilization, Volume 1
Will Durant - 1997-07-01 (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
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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Elon Musk
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The Ascent of Science
Brian L. Silver - 1998-02-26 (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
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
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Historians' Fallacies
Toward a Logic of Historical Thought by David Hackett Fischer (1971-05-13)
1792-01-01 (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
Historian's Fallacies A great book about thinking clearly and avoiding errors. Specifically about historical thinking but the principles apply everywhere.      source
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The White House Years
Jim Newton - 2011-10-04
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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
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
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A Workbook for Arguments
A Complete Course in Critical Thinking
David R. Morrow - 2019-11-20 (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
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
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The Art of Happiness
Epicurus - 2012-12-24 (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, Travels with Epicurus The teachings of Epicurus—about life and death, religion and science, physical sensation, happiness, morality, and friendship—attracted legions of adherents throughout the ancient Mediterranean world and deeply influenced la...
Joe Gadway
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
Economics For Dummies by Sean Masaki Flynn
Thinking and Reasoning by Jonathan Stb. T. Evans
The Iliad by Homer
Grand Pursuit by Sylvia Nasar
Claude Levi-Strauss by Patrick Wilcken
Your Health by Editors of Reader'S Digest
50 Big Ideas You Really Need to Know by Ben Dupre
The Odyssey of Homer by Homer