Two books that influenced me.

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Two books that influenced me.

Postby Event Horizon on March 10th, 2018, 12:33 pm 

Book one comes from when I was at university and doing some supplemental reading. The book was a study mission to the Galapagos islands where the researchers were looking at how altering conditions forced the population of finches there. It's a book about the evolution of the birds. It's an easy read about the empirical study of evolution in action. Anybody in biology would benefit from this book as supplemental reading I think. The book was "The beak of the finch" but I cannot recall the author

Another book that became a real treasure was Bill Bryson's "A short history of nearly everything" If you want a beautifully crafted book that explains how and why the universe functions as it does, without the use of complicated math or jargon, you could do a lot worse than giving it a read. It really helped crystallise what I thought I knew, and other things I wasn't very familliar with. It is another book that does not assume prior knowledge. For a travel writer of high repute, this was a bit of a departure, but don't let that put you off. This is a highly enjoyable book that I think should be required reading in high-schools.
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Re: Two books that influenced me.

Postby Serpent on March 10th, 2018, 5:42 pm 

In my late teens, I picked up
King Solomon's Ring http://theblackletters.net/king-solomons-ring-by-konrad-lorenz-1949-e/

by Konrad Lorenz. He reassured me that I was not crazy or wrong to know what I knew about other animals, and then taught me a lot about why they behave the way they do. A later book, Behind the Mirror is also invaluable. It doesn't hurt that he had a very engaging style. He's in my pantheon, alongside Kurt Vonnegut and Jane Jacobs, I read
The Economy of Cities https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/the-economy-of-cities-by-jane-jacobs/
shortly after moving to Toronto. It certainly opened my eyes to the new environment.
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