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1/22/05 5:39 PM
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newbie2MMA
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Edited: 22-Jan-05
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Who are good popularisers of science, e.g. Hawking, Faraday, etc??
1/24/05 7:06 PM
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Andrew Yao
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Check out the book "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!", by Richard Feynmann. Reviews here: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0393316041/qid=1106611531/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/104-9835646-0183104?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
1/27/05 2:38 AM
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carl sagan, without a doubt. His books, especially contact and cosmos literally gave me goosebumps.
1/27/05 4:41 AM
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thank you!
1/29/05 1:17 PM
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Economics: Paul Krugman, Steven Landsburg, Avinash Dixit and Barry Nalebuff, Robert Barro, Alan Blinder, Robert Shiller, Donald Saari, Mathematics: Jeffrey Weeks, Friedrich Waismann, Donald Knuth, Raymond Smullyan, Timothy Gowers, Rudy Rucker Biology: John Maynard Smith, Richard Dawkins, Amotz and Avishag Zahavi, Ernst Mayr
1/31/05 7:38 PM
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You forgot Martin Gardner for Mathematics.
1/31/05 9:52 PM
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not already listed- Computers and Hacking - Stephen Levy, Cliff Stoll, the guy who wrote "The Fugitive Game". Math - David Berlinksi Econ - Hazelitt
3/3/05 9:31 PM
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Brian Greene -String Theory/Physics
3/3/05 10:54 PM
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Btw, Dogbert, I thought I´d ask you.. have you read anything from Amartya Sen ? And if so, what did you think, and is there any books you can recommend?
3/5/05 8:19 AM
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Amartya Sen rules! "Inequality Reexamined" is a good book that doesn´t require any economic knowledge. "Development as Freedom" gives a good introduction to the whole scope of his work, you may use that as a starting point.
3/5/05 9:18 AM
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Thanks Dogbert, I´ll check out those books and buy the second one then.

 

3/6/05 10:31 PM
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In Australia, a guy called Karl Kruszelnicki, AKA Dr Karl. His bio: http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/people/dr_karl.htm
3/17/05 2:42 PM
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Surely Stephen Hawkings belongs there for his brief history of times books? I know not everyone agrees with him, but the books are well sold and made many interested in physics (me included).
4/6/05 5:08 PM
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A good excerpt from Feynmann: ------------------------------------------ Murray Gell-Mann and I compared and combined our ideas and wrote a paper on the theory. The theory was rather neat; it was relatively simple, and it fit a lot of stuff. but as I told you, there was an awful lot of chaotic data. And, in some cases, we even went so far as to state that the experiments were in error. A good example of this was an experiment by Valentine Telegdi, in which he measured the number of electrons that go out in each direction when a neutron disintegrates. Our theory had predicted that the number should be the same in all directions, whereas Telegdi found that 11 percent more came out in one direction than the others. Telegdi was an excellent experimenter, and very careful. And once, when he was giving a talk somewhere, he referred to our theory and said "The trouble with theorists is, they never pay attention to the experiments!" Telegdi also sent us a letter, which wasn't exactly scathing, but nevertheless showed he was convinced that our theory was wrong. At the end he wrote "The F-G (Feynmann--Gell-Mann) theory of beta decay is no F-G" ----------------------------------

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