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review of The World's Worst Cars, "Worst of the worst" was complimented.   Sunday
posted "Talking a good game" about The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia (Kodansha Globe).   January 11
Talking a good game
Unfortunately Hopkirk talks a good game about the Great Game but doesn't deliver.  The Great Game is the name Rudyard Kipling immortalized in
posted "Is light a wave or a particle?" about The Quantum moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg taught us to love uncertainty.   December 31, 2014
Is light a wave or a particle?
The formulas and theories of quantum mechanics explain how light in fact acts like both a wave and a particle, and this book documents how the bizarre
review of Kim, "Vibrant tale of India and imperialism" was complimented.   December 29, 2014
posted "The railroad that created a country, won and lost a war, and proved the downfall of a country" about To the edge of the world: The Story of the Trans-Siberian Express, the world's greatest railroad.   December 29, 2014
The railroad that created a country, won
Railroads in history have always driven economic, technical, and cultural change, but only one has both created a country and contributed to its downf
rated Kim a 5.0.   December 26, 2014
posted "Vibrant tale of India and imperialism" about Kim.   December 26, 2014
Vibrant tale of India and imperialism
I had never Kipled before now (punch line to the old joke that starts "Do you like Kipling?") and picked this up at a used book sale as a bo
posted "The greatest living American hero" about Rebel yell: The Violence, passion, and redemption of Stonewall Jackson.   December 24, 2014
The greatest living American hero
Thomas Jackson was the rarest of men who performed best under extreme conditions.  Despite his dyspeptic health, his misfit personality in civili
review of The Invention of Air, "A Comet in the system of science, politics, and faith" was complimented.   December 21, 2014
rated 5 topics.   December 06, 2014
posted "In the long run, the trench wins" about The Long shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth CenturyThe Long Shadow.   December 06, 2014
In the long run, the trench wins
With the assassination of a mid level royalty in a mid level city in Eastern Europe, entangling alliances and inept political decision making sent the
rated The Invention of Air a 5.0.   December 05, 2014
posted "A Comet in the system of science, politics, and faith" about The Invention of Air.   December 05, 2014
A Comet in the system of science, politi
After reading Johnson's latest, How we got to now,  I found this book from 2008 on the shelf in my excellent local public library, and discov
posted "Science at the intersections" about How we got to now: Six innovations that made the modern world.   November 26, 2014
Science at the intersections
Johnson is a master of popular science writing (see The Ghost map and Everything bad is good for you as examples) and hits this minor classic with the
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