Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Weekly Wish-list

Wow, long time no blogging.. Sorry! Anyway, last weekend I went to Canberra and visited this awesome bookstore: Paperchain Bookstore and I was lost in books for more than an hour! I wish I could have all of them!! But I can't, so I thought this week's wish-list can be a share of the books that really interested me. Lately I haven't been very enthusiastic about fiction books and have been more interested in reading up on areas I'm interested in. Sorry if it bores you but the stuff that interests me leans towards the mathematical/science side.. And of course there are crafty and cookery books in there.

Concentrates on thirty highlights of pure and applied mathematics. This book opens by discussing the four main philosophical foundations of mathematics of the nineteenth century and ends by describing the four important open mathematical problems of the twenty-first century. Image, description and buying options from here.
I started reading this one in the store and it was extremely interesting; I find maths fascinating in how it originated and reading about these amazing people and the questions they've been investigating is fun.

Is it possible that - rather than thinking in terms of 'good' and 'evil' - all of us instead lie somewhere on the empathy spectrum, and our position on that spectrum can be affected by both genes and our environments? Why do some people treat others as objects? This book examines an understanding in a study of what it means to be human. Image, description and buying options from here.

John Gribbin presents the recent dramatic improvements in experimental techniques that have enabled physicists to formulate and test new theories about the nature of light. He describes these theories not in terms of hard-to-imagine entities like spinning subnuclear particles, but in terms of the fate of two small cats, separated at a tender age and carried to opposite ends of the universe. Image, description and buying options from here.
Hopefully you know what Schrödinger's cat is, but if not just clicky right here.

The peacock mantis shrimp has the most powerful punch on Earth; vampire spiders are attracted to smelly socks; and the lesser water boatman is the loudest animal in the world—its instrument is its own penis. From the mother-eating black-lace weaver spiders to the Texas horned lizards that shoot jets of poisonous blood from their eyes, this fascinating book introduces a menagerie of the world’s weirdest, and most fascinating, animalsImage, description and buying options from here.
This book had me at "its instrument is its own penis"!
Why does the journey to a new location always take longer than the trip home? What is the science behind the theory of "six degrees of separation?" Why doesn't honey flow out in all directions? In this delightful and amusing text, Jay Ingram explores the extraordinary science behind ordinary happenings. Image, description and buying options from here

The author is at the forefront of a revolution in neuroscience. He believes that our identity lies not in our genes, but in the connections between our brain cells - our own particular wiring, or connectomes. This book tells the story of how the author and a group of researchers are mapping these connections, neuron by neuron, synapse by synapse. Image, description and buying options from here
An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D., traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they've transformed--people whose mental limitations or brain damage were seen as unalterable. Image, description and buying options from here
This one actually caught my eye a while back when a friend was reading it and it comes highly recommended by him so it's on my reading list now.

There are questions that have intrigued the world's great thinkers over the ages. They are questions that can teach us about the way we live, relate to each other and see the world. This work explores the essence of these ideas, introducing figures from Socrates to Thomas Aquinas, and concentrates on one philosophical question from each of them. Image, description and buying options from here
Nothing like some un-answerable questions to get you thinking.
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The cover knit doesn't do this book much justice. There were some absolutely beautiful little cardigans as well as lacey-knit tops and even twin-sets!
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Now this book has a good cover knit and that's what drew me in. It's possibly the only thing I'd really want to make from this book but those gloves are so super awesome that it would be worth it. "One lifetime isn't long enough for all the things I'd like to do" (definitely something I think all the time)
In this hugely ambitious and exciting book Peter Watson tells the history of ideas from prehistory to the present day, leading to a new way of telling the history of the world. The book begins over a million years ago with a discussion of how the earliest ideas might have originated. Image, description and buying options from here
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Don't worry friends! I'm not going back to my crazy vegan days.. but where I can make a difference to my impact on the environment, I'd like to. And it's really interesting to understand how things are made without what one might think are essential ingredients in baking (e.g. eggs). I have dabbled in vegan cooking and I have to take this opportunity to boast and say that I made the most amazing vegan (and gluten free) cherry pie in the history of the world.
Explores how our brains learnt to read. This work presents a discussion ranging from the history of the earliest known examples of written language, to whether reading online really is making us 'stupider', and why dyslexia can be a gift. Image, description and buying options from here
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Maths and crafts?! I'm hooked already (crotchet hook pun?)
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I had my first real dabble into gardening (we're yet to see if this Greentree has a green thumb..) and this book looks beautiful. Minus the hunting of course.

 And of course now I have to include some kids books. These are usually what I'll read in a bookstore, not just because they're quick to get through, but because they're beautifully illustrated and a good short story line is much more admirable than a whole book sometimes (I think..). I won't ruin the story by giving a description, you should go and read them!

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