Book Reviews

Walking the Big Wild by Karsten Heuer: Book Review

Walking the Big Wild by Karsten Heuer: Book Review

Bear encounters, hardships, and breathtaking views keep the pages turning. As you journey with Heuer through the wilderness, you get a taste of the respect he felt by the end of the trip for the big wild.

Quantum, A guide for the Perplexed – Jim Al-Khalili

Quantum, A guide for the Perplexed – Jim Al-Khalili

Quantum, A guide for the Perplexed by Jim Al-Khalili caught my eye at the bookstore because of the glossy pictures and example diagrams. Being a visual learner, I suspected that the best way to introduce myself to the weird world of quantum mechanics was through visual aid. This really did prove to be a great choice for my visual learning needs.

God is Not Great – Christopher Hitchens

God is Not Great – Christopher Hitchens

Hitchen’s book “God is Not Great” presents a detailed look at why religion spoils everything. The extent of logic and examples he presents concerning many different religious cultures and how they commit atrocities will shock even a moderate atheist. His chapter on child abuse and religion was particularly revealing. He describes in depth the torture inflicted on young children through female circumcision in many religions (including Islam) and male circumcision in the Judeo-Christian religion (among others).

The God Delusion

The God Delusion

In The God Delusion, Dawkins discusses evolutionary by-products. The example he chooses to use is a moth flying into a flame as a demonstration of what we see as abject stupidity. Why would a moth deliberately fly into a flame?

This is not an example of natural selection….it is an example of natural selection gone wrong. Moths evolved to fly at night by using celestial objects as guides: Keep the light source in a certain position and you can navigate, much as we do with a compass which points north. Dawkins notes that it was not until comparatively late in evolutionary history that there was anything like artificial lights to throw off the moths. We see only the moths who get distracted by the flames. We do not see millions of moths who merrily go on their way without self-immolating themselves.

The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet

The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet

Neil deGrasse Tyson is the hallmark face of today’s front running scientists. Having the brains to converse with Einstein and the social charm to convey complex science concepts to the common person, Tyson is the perfect author for a book such as this.

A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

A Short History of Nearly Everything is now at the top of my highly recommended books. Packed with witty commentary of the history of just about everything scientific, Bryson’s book appeals to the lay reader who’s curiosity stretched beyond the here and now. I enjoyed […]

Raising Children Who Think for Themselves

Raising Children Who Think for Themselves

The premise of the book is that children should be treated with respect and allowed to explore their world fairly with boundaries that are founded on reason.