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The Red Hourglass
The Red Hourglass
von Gordon Grice
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 17,79

4.0 von 5 Sternen Surprised and Confused, 4. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Red Hourglass (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I picked up this book (its still on the shelves) because the author gave a really bad review to a book I really liked and I thought his book must then be lousy. Actually the Red Hour Glass is a great book-- it's slightly on the creepy side of riveting nature writing but Grice seems to deserve his accolades-- his absorption in the micro-world is incredible. However, the sensitivities of his book seem incongruous with his referring to the science topics in the recent Nabokov's Blues (Zoland Books) "trivial" and uncompelling. That is beyond me since they involved endangered species and questions of the origins of entire continents of animals and plants. Perhaps these larger issues are not his favorites or he was grinding some axe against those authors. Doesn't make sense; the Red Hour Glass is a good book but the book about Nabokov couldn't have been written in the same way-- its a different kind of topic. Well, read both and you'll probably find both compelling. "Trivial" endangered species are not, nor is working on these plants and animals before they go extinct.


Chasing Monarchs: Migrating with the Butterflies of Passage
Chasing Monarchs: Migrating with the Butterflies of Passage
von Robert Michael Pyle
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the Big Two for 1999, 24. November 1999
I'm amazed no one else wrote about this book. Lepidopterists know it, and Pyle, well. My friends at the New York Butterfly Club put me on to this book and Kurt Johnson's Nabokov's Blues. They are both great books. Pyle's book takes you on a journey from the Pacific Northwest all the way to Mexico, following the annual fall migration of these magnificent orange butterflies. You not only learn about butterflies but a historical travelog of much of the old west, tidbits of local history, fantastic scenery and lots of scientific adventure and daring. Conservation issues are the internal lesson, so you have a worthwhile message along with a great story. The other book, about Nabokov's science is similar-- a great adventure story with butterflies, and a great novelist/writer as central character. Someone told me butterflies are about as popular now as dinosaurs. Its easy to see why. I live and work in the city, so reading about the great outdoors is a great break and fascination. Its wonderful that respected scientists are telling fascinating stories about the creatures they study. You can't go wrong with either of these books.


A Brief History of Time: And Other Essays
A Brief History of Time: And Other Essays
von Stephen Hawking
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 29,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen A Great "De jad vu", 23. November 1999
I can't believe that I had this book as a reader/text in a general science course a "few years back and here it is making another "go round". This time I read it just for fun and without the pressures of class deadlines. The book is by now a classic and I think one learns a bit more each time one reads it. By the way, if you like this kind of book, which takes fascinating science and puts it into an exciting read in layman's terms, try Nabokov's Blues and The Pleasure of Finding Things Out. Both are of the same ilk. When I first read Brief History of Time I found it a refreshing choice for a class supplemental text. I don't think one can read this book without gaining a broader view of ones world and what "makes it tick". It great that so many major scientists take the time to translate the fascinating turf of their trades into the layman's language which we can all find exciting. Looking around, there is some great science reading out there right now. But, this one's a classic. If you haven't read it, or read it only for a class, like I did, read it again.


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