Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Reading Matters

Presented without comment, a list of some of the books I read and enjoyed this year:

Started Early, Took My Dog - Kate Atkinson
Cheever: A Life - Blake Bailey
Surface Detail - Iain M Banks
Moxyland - Lauren Beukes
Good Girl Wants It Bad - Scott Bradfield
X'ed Out - Charles Burns
Point Omega - Don DeLillo
Zero History - William Gibson
A Life in Pictures - Alasdair Gray
The Fabric of the Cosmos - Brian Greene
Estates - Lynsey Hanley
A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain - Owen Hatherley
Spirit - Gwyneth Jones
Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay - John Lanchester
The Dervish House - Ian McDonald
The Unofficial Countryside - Richard Mabey
Matterhorn - Karl Marlantes
London Calling - Barry Miles
Ground Control - Anna Minton
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet - David Mitchell
Netherland - Joseph O'Neill
Hitler's Private Library - Timothy W Ryback
The Hopkins Manuscript - R.C. Sherriff
Just Kids - Patti Smith
Red Plenty - Francis Spufford
Lean On Pete - Willy Vlautin


Blogger George Berger said...

Brian Greene's The Fabric of the Cosmos is the best introduction I've read to some very basic issues in physics. It is difficult by being noncondescending and yet popular. The long discussion of variations on the two-slit experiment is wonderful and exciting. That part builds up to an experimental set-up that yields outcomes that can (probably) show that future configurations of light might determine the way we interpretits initial conditions. If this sounds normal, read the book. Other features that I liked are sections on the Cassimir Effect, time travel, and teleportation (sort of). Glad to see it on the list.

December 16, 2010 6:05 am  

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