Category: Science

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Rating: 7/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:10 hours

An exploration of various essays about astronomy, physics, earth and space sciences as well as discourse on how media portrays physics and where to draw the line between creative freedom and overly distorted representation [...]

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

Randall Munroe
Rating: 6/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:4 hours

Beautiful illustrations unnecessarily constrained by oversimplified vocabulary. I enjoyed What If? much more than Thing Explainer because What If didn't lower the bar but brought you up to it. Thing Explainer explains [...]

An Anthropologist on Mars

Oliver Sacks
Rating: 7/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:8 hours

An Anthropologist on Mars sparks feelings of empathy, gratitude, and curiosity. You see both beauty and tragedy in the seven stories that the neurologist Oliver Sacks tells us. There is the case of the Colorblind Painter, [...]

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

Nir Eyal
Rating: 7/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:7 hours

Hooked is well structured and made good use of visual aides. Although, having read the Power of Habit and some other Behavioral Science related books, I felt I learned very little from Hooked. I don't feel it helped push [...]

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Roy F. Baumeister
Rating: 7.5/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:9 hours

Willpower gave a well structured look behind how you can develop your willpower and reduce the things that drain your willpower. I found it much more direct and practical than the power of habit and more focused than the [...]

What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained

Robert L. Wolke
Rating: 7/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:9 hours

Entertaining and informative book on kitchen science. Wolke is a retired chemistry professor at the University of Pittsburgh and a Food Columnist for the Washington Post and dispels common food myths, breaking down the book [...]