Recommended Reading

Books, articles, and online links that are recommended by members of the Lyncean Group of San Diego.

Recommendations are listed in chronological order by the date they were uploaded, with the most recent at the top.  The date is the date the recommendation was uploaded.

Books

5/27/18
Black Hole Blues by Janna Levin
Recommended by:  David Groce
Comment: Behind the scenes, the scientists, and the engineering of LIGO

5/27/18
Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt
Recommended by:  David Groce
Comment: A history of JPL and the women computers who became the top coders

5/27/18
Physics for Future Presidents by Richard R. Muller
Recommended by:  David Groce
Comment:  Prof. Muller is at UC Berkeley, where his class of the same title is the largest on the UCB campus. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocwxNvM6uLU

5/27/18
Now, The Physics of Time by Richard R. Muller
Recommended by:  David Groce

5/27/18
The Instant Physics by Richard R. Muller
Recommended by:  David Groce
Comment: Surprises, paradoxes, and unexpected contradictions in physics

5/24/18
Without Warning
by Thomas Sanger, River Grove Books, 2017
Recommended by:  Bill Hagan
Comment: This historical fiction novel tells the true story of the first sinking of a ship during World War II. The ship was the passenger liner Athenia and she was sunk by a torpedo from a German U-boat on 3 September 1939.  The author will be speaking to the Lyncean Group on 14 November 2018.

5/24/18
The Science of TV’s The Big Bang Theory – Explanations Even Penny Would Understand
by Dave Zobel, ECW Press, 2015
Recommended by:  Pete Lobner
Comment:  Dave discussed his book at the 98th Lyncean Group meeting on 16 September 2015.

5/24/18
The Meaning of It All
by Richard Feynman, Basic Books, 1998
Recommended by:  Bill Hagan
Comment: Based on three lectures Feynman gave in 1963.  Free ranging discussion of lots of topics from religion to politics to science.  Easy to read and short (122 pages).

5/24/18
The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow, Bantam (reprint edition), 2012
Recommended by: Pete Lobner
Comment: This is a short, but significant, book

Other (articles, online links, etc.)

5/24/18
“Feynman at 100”
by Paul Halpern, Nature, Vol, 557, 10 May 2018
Recommended by:  Steve Dahmes
Comment: Richard Feynman died on 15 February 1988 at the age of 69.  This article celebrates his lasting legacy in the fields of the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, quantum electrodynamics, and more.
Link: https://www.nature.com/magazine-assets/d41586-018-05082-4/d41586-018-05082-4.pdf

5/24/18
“This 3-D Color Map of 1.7 Billion Stars in the Milky Way Is the Best Ever Made”
by Megan Gannon, Space.com, 15 April 2018
Recommended by:  Pete Lobner
Comment: This extraordinary map was created by the European Space Agency’s Gaia Galaxy-Mapping Satellite, which was launched in 2013.
Linkhttps://www.space.com/40406-gaia-release-color-milky-way-map.html