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Readers & Book Lovers Series Schedule
|DAY||TIME (EST/EDT)||Series Name||Editor(s)|
|SUN||6:00 PM||Young Reader's Pavilion||The Book Bear|
|SUN (hiatus)||9:30 PM||SciFi/Fantasy Book Club||quarkstomper|
|Bi-Monthly SUN||Midnight||Reading Ramblings||don mikulecky|
|MON||8:00 PM||Monday Murder Mystery||Susan from 29|
|Mon||11:00 PM||My Favorite Books/Authors||edrie, MichiganChet|
|TUE||10:00 PM||Contemporary Fiction Views||bookgirl|
|WED||8:00 PM||Bookflurries Bookchat||cfk|
|THU||8:00 PM||Write On!||SensibleShoes|
|alternate THU||11:00 PM||Audiobooks Club||SoCaliana|
|FRI||8:00 AM||Books That Changed My Life||Diana in NoVa|
|SAT (fourth each month)||11:00 AM||Windy City Bookworm||Chitown Kev|
|SAT||9:00 PM||Books So Bad They're Good||Ellid|
The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four remarkable friends who transformed science and changed the world by Laura Snyder. A group biography of Charles Babbage, John Herschel, William Whewell and Richard Jones, four friends who met at Cambridge early in the 19th century, and of how, together, they changed the role of science into something like what it is today.
A Behavioral Theory of Elections by Jonathan Bendor et al. Traditional "rational choice" models of voter behavior don't mesh all that well with how voters actually behave, in particular, they don't do well with predicting turnout. This is an attempt at a different formulation. This will interest election geeks.
Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution by Benson Bobrick. A good history of the revolutionary war period, hampered by a complete absence of maps.
Eminence: Cardinal Richelieu and the Rise of France by Jean-Vincent Blanchard. If you thought politics is dirty now, read about what it was like in the days of Louis XIII. Very well done.
Making Modern Science: A Historical Survey by Peter Bowler and Iwan Rhys Morus. A survey of the history of science from Copernicus to now.
Seduced by logic http://books.google.com/books/about/Seduced_By_Logic.html?id=ZeM9YgEACAAJ by Robyn Arianrhod. This is the story of two women who were seduced by the logic of Newton: Emilie du Chatelet and Mary Somerville. It's an unusual but interesting combination of love story (du Chatelet was also in love with Voltaire), social commentary and history of science.
[The Universal Computer: From Leibniz to Turing The history of the idea of the computer as a universal machine, and of the logic that makes it possible, up to the time of Turing. Fascinating.
Just started .
Another re-read of Cryptonomicon, one of my favorite novels. My review