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Friday, 27 October 2006

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Theophrastus Bombastus von Hoehenheim den Sidste

I suppose my bias shows here, but I think Darwin’s literary-scientific achievement in The Origin towers over the solid work of popularization, The Voyage included.

As a working scientist, I must say that you are spot on - both here and in your leading remarks. The Origin is unique in being a work of ground-breaking science as well as an exposition that can be grasped by the intelligent non-specialist. Nothing comes close in the 20th century.

That said, I can suggest two books that lay out the gist of modern science without being offensive to the literate eye. My favorite is 'The Einstein Theory of Gravity' by Lieber and Lieber, my other favorite is "Lectures on Physics" by Feynmann. Each is an accessible description of the field by an active researcher.

Legitimate theory, Theo

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