This is my penultimate book from the Semi-Charmed Winter Books Challenge I started in October! It’s the second half of the pair of books one by an author whose first name is the same as the last name of the author of the other book – the other half was Going Out by Scarlett Thomas. While… Continue reading Book review: Schindler’s Ark
I’m lucky enough to have a very beautiful, Folio Society edition of The Double Helix, packed with photographs and diagrams, as well as an introduction by Steve Jones and a forward by Sir Lawrence Bragg. This is enough to delight any nerd (and incidentally pushes the page count just above 150, making it an acceptable… Continue reading Book review: The Double Helix
This book was a gift given to me by E, a physics friend, an embarrassingly long time ago. He happened to give me it as a Christmas present one year when I received a huge number of books. At the time I was a physics undergraduate student and felt like I was reading enough physics… Continue reading Book Review: In Search of Time
A while ago I was talking to my friend Tim, who I met when writing for The GIST (the Glasgow Insight into Science and Technology, a science magazine and outreach organisation). Tim told me that as well as finishing his thesis for his maths PhD he’d agreed to write a book about mathematics. If you… Continue reading Book review: Man vs Maths
Well, after I finished my GoodReads challenge it was only a matter of time before I signed up to a new one*. I spotted Karen over at RunWright was doing Megan’s Semi Charmed Winter 2016 Book Challenge and the categories were so inspiring I just had to take it on. The rules (copied from Megan’s… Continue reading Semi Charmed Winter 2016 Book Challenge
Earlier this year I returned to my long neglected Goodreads account. I’d been using (and I continue to use) LibraryThing to catalogue books but I was interested in some of the features I was seeing from Goodreads. Mostly these were the social media aspects – whether that was directly on the site itself, or how… Continue reading Goodreads Reading Challenge: Success!
Although I am a fan of the xkcd comics (I know, big shock right?) I don’t think I would ever have bought Randall Munroe’s book for myself. The comics are great but they’re pithy. A perfect coffee break distraction before going on with your day. I’d never read any of his “What If” stuff on… Continue reading Book review: What If?
Having finally read Introducing Philosophy not so long ago, and having enjoyed it, I decided to try another of the three books in this series. I had picked up all three years ago when they were available free with The Guardian and then steadfastly not read them until something made me decide that this year… Continue reading Book review: Introducing Postmodernism
I’m finally back to working on my unread stack rather than reading things I’ve recently acquired. It’ll never last. However, that’s how I ended up reading a book that was handed to me for free with a copy of The Guardian all the way back in 2008. I actually got all three of the books… Continue reading Book review: Introducing Philosophy
I picked this up a couple of years ago at Glasgow’s Aye Write! Festival. Incidentally, that festival is always fantastic with most of the events taking place in the Mitchell Library, which I love. I’ve seen a lot of my favourite authors speak there and I always look forward to the festival rolling around. This… Continue reading Book review: A Woman in Your Own Right