It seems the only posts I manage to write lately are about new books. Guess I had better keep buying! Went on a bit of a shopping spree this past Saturday, think of it as a sort of early Christmas present. I came home with 4 new books, all of them non-fiction since I am on a non-fiction kick lately. The books are:
The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next by Lee Smolin – I hope I can understand this one, it sounds like it might be over my head. I plan on reading it as a sort of response to Brian Greene’s The Fabric of the Cosmos.
Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe by Simon Singh – This looks like a great book on the beginning of the universe which fits in nicely with my renewed interest in Astronomy, plus the cover is shiny.
The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal by Jared Diamond – I’ve realized there’s a lot I don’t know about evolution, particularly of us. With all the controversy surrounding it lately, actually since the theory was first realized, I thought I should learn more. Jared Diamond is also an author I’ve thought about reading several times but never have, and he’s a geographer like me!
An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson – This is another book which I’ve heard good things about for years and with the publication of the second book in the trilogy this looked to be a good time to pick it up. It was also time to get back to my interest in World War II.I have also decided to start taking notes when reading non-fiction. I don’t plan on going back over them but I think that writing will help me remember what I learn for longer. Unfortunately this means it will take longer to get through them, but I hope the benefit will outweigh the negative.