May 15, 2006

The Science of Jurassic Park and the Lost World: Or, How to Build a Dinosaur

by Rob Desalle, David Lindley
I picked this book up in Hay and finished it that same day. It was very interesting, and I learned a bit (especially about DNA processing), but the big problem was that the science was a bit outdated (it was writted in 1997, and a lot has happened in the world of cloning and dna processing since then). Still, there's nothing like a compelling "what if" scenario.

The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography

by Simon Singh
The Code Book is amazing. Singh does an amazin job of making the story of cryptography interesting while explaining the increasingly complex concepts behind the developing codes. By the time I finished this book, I understood how to do those "Decode-A-Quote" puzzles on the comics pages of some newspapers (which had never made complete sense before), had a budding interest in (and high-level understanding of) quantum computing, and the chance to recommend the book to everyone I know.

Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
This is one of the most interesting non-fiction books I've ever read. Levitt and Dubner have an always-intersting perspective on the topics they examine. If you read Freakonomics and are looking for more, they have an occasional column in the New Your Times Magazine, and have a great website at