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Member: bclark

CollectionsYour library (493), Currently reading (1), Read 2012 (4), Read 2011 (16), Read Pre-2011 (92), Wishlist (89), Lost (1), All collections (495)

Reviews6 reviews

TagsNonfiction (366), Unread (160), Science (127), History (96), Philosophy (59), Religion (50), Literature (45), Fiction (44), Natural Selection (38), Politics (24) — see all tags

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About meComo manzanas.

E pluribus unum.

For education among all kinds of men always has had, and always will have, an element of danger and revolution, of dissatisfaction and discontent. Nevertheless, men strive to know.
--W.E.B. Du Bois

Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics.
--Lawrence Krauss

We... know how cruel the truth often is, and we wonder whether delusion is not more consoling.
--Henri Poincaré

About my librarySome collecting. Mostly nonfiction. Mostly science. Mostly hardcover when possible.

Please recommend your favorite book.


Favorite authorsNoam Chomsky, Loren C. Eiseley, Richard P. Feynman, Martin Gardner, Sam Harris, Thomas Paine, Chet Raymo, Carl Sagan, Kurt Vonnegut (Shared favorites)

LocationUnited Kingdom

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceAug 23, 2006

Currently readingThe Prince (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics) by Niccolo Machiavelli

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Thx for finding my book collection interesting. Enjoyed the Krauss quote on your profile page. This brought to mind that given the type of books we share, you may enjoy reading Let There Be Life: A Scientific and Poetic Retelling of Genesis by Robert Fripp.

Just a quick FYI that Etiquette for Children:

was a record setup for the sole purpose to link to a Washington DC company's website and promote their Etiquette classes. It has nothing to do with Etiquette for the Children:

and I feel should be considered spam.

lettres a eugenie is a hard copy, I bought it in France
Light reading indeed. I'm usually the only one sitting on the beach reading some massive tome about military history or the philosophy of stoicism and solitude.
Thanks. (It's been decades in the making....)

I am glad you liked it. If the subject of Roman military strategy interests you "The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire" from Luttwak is also a great book but more on "technical" side rather than narative and it deals mainly with the late Roman empire.


Yes i saw the feynman videos - only got part way through number one so far though!

Favourite sci-fi novel.

Wow - only one?

If I stick with my ratings then I have a three way tie with the first two hitch hiker books and contact.

Three is the best I can do - sorry.

Thanks for the tip - I have added that book to my wishlist.



If you have any questions regarding any of them please feel free to ask.

I just picked up the book "The Varieties of Scientific Experience" myself also cannot wait to read it =)
thx for the tips on the other stuff.
I loved that footage from the link you gave me with E.O. Wilson, iv been away got married =X so been busy, lol ill have to look into that book you recommended thanks.
I just finished E.O. Wilsons "The Creation - An appeal to save life on earth" very good book adding to the need to save the earth and its species regardless of religion or non-religion complacancy while the earth dies being bad obviously. I find E.O. Wilson to be more conservative in his atheism then some others, while I think the argument for being an atheist is definitely more logical.

I think Richard Dawkins makes a very good point when he speaks of Religion as a meme it would easily explain much of christianity with its mythos being from many other older religions throughout human history and how so many books in the bible contradict one another.

(Michu Kaku does speak on the fringe but the implications of what he writes on are very interesting his book "Visions" though dated is a very good book into things and how they may look into the future.)
Carl Sagan would have to be my very favorite author, and following would be Michael Shermer, Richard Dawkins and Michio Kaku.
(The book Comet on your wishlist is more like a history book of the comet as a thing with records of comets in our early history, its a very interesting book but not like any of his other books.)
What is your opionion of him as an author? "Paul Davies"
your @wishlist are those books you are hoping to find?
"Are we alone? - Paul Davies" this book any good? iv been thinking of buying a few of the various books by him but have never read anything by him.
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