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David Bainbridge's Top Book Recommendations

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Intelligent Life in the Universe

La disposición general de esta obra permanece como en la edición rusa: una presentación primero de formación astronómica, luego de la naturaleza de la vida y de su posible concurrencia en nuestro sistema solar y, finalmente, un tratamiento de la posibilidad de que existan en los planetas de otras estrellas civilizaciones técnicas comunicativas adelantadas. less

David BainbridgeBy the end of the book you realise that you’ve learnt so much about biology and chemistry and physics and how they are all linked together. (Source)

Tullis OnstottThis is the first astrobiology book. (Source)

James KastingA wonderful book that talked about the possibility not just of life but intelligent aliens, with whom we might one day communicate. (Source)

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The Feynman Lectures on Physics

The legendary introduction to physics from the subject's greatest teacher
"The whole thing was basically an experiment," Richard Feynman said late in his career, looking back on the origins of his lectures. The experiment turned out to be hugely successful, spawning a book that has remained a definitive introduction to physics for decades. Ranging from the most basic principles of Newtonian physics through such formidable theories as general relativity and quantum mechanics, Feynman's lectures stand as a monument of clear exposition and deep insight. Now, we are reintroducing the...
Recommended by Bill Gates, David Bainbridge, and 2 others.

Bill GatesYou don't have to take a course [to learn physics]. If you're hardcore, read the Feynman book and do the problems. (Source)

David BainbridgeI think that he is one of the most intelligent people to live in the 20th century. Yet at the same time, surprisingly, he is an amazingly good teacher. This is quite an unusual combination. (Source)

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David BainbridgeI just don’t tire of classical old-fashioned paleontology books – a childish interest in the sheer bizarreness of the way that animals work. (Source)

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This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them. less
Recommended by David Bainbridge, and 1 others.

David BainbridgeHarvey was working at a time when there was virtually no background information or knowledge, and no microscope – he was simply a fabulously intelligent person with the skill to observe. (Source)

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Life on Earth

In this unique book, David Attenborough has undertaken nothing less than a history of nature, from the emergence of tiny one-celled organisms in the primeval slime more than 3,000 million years ago to apelike but upright man, equally well adapted to life in the rain forest of New Guinea and the glass canyons of a modern metropolis. Told through an examination of animal and plant life today - with occasional juxtapositions of extinct fossil forms to reveal the origin of living creatures - "Life on Earth" is an astonishing pageant of life, with a cast of characters drawn from the whole range of... more
Recommended by David Bainbridge, and 1 others.

David BainbridgeI don’t think the book has been bettered since, and that’s because it just seems to be the most interesting way to talk about life, through a narrative. (Source)

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