Books I Like

Michael J. Burns

These are books written for the general public that I've read at one time or another & liked enough to recommend to people. It is a work in progress as I clean up my home office, which has a couple of hundred books in it.

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Quantum Mechanics

Reality Reloaded: The Scientific Case for a Simulated Universe by Melvin M Vopson

What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics by Adam Becker




Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond In the Winter Quarter of 1975 at UCLA, I took Geography 1B, taught by Prof. Diamond, which was a Cultural Geography course. The material covered in that course, I realized years later when I read this book, had become a great part of this book.

The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond

The Writing of the Gods: The Race to Decode the Rosetta Stone by Edward Dolnick


Beyond the Obvious: Killer Questions That Spark Game-Changing Innovation by Phil McKinney



Junk Science

Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System by M. Chris Fabricant

Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld by Sharon Weinberger

Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud by Robert L. Park

The Polygraph and Lie Detection by Committee to Review the Scientific Evidence on the Polygraph, National Research Council

Ecology, Planetary Evolution

The Life and Death of Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate of Our World by Peter D. Ward & Donald Brownlee





Fun Science

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe


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