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A book making the fun in science very visible. About research that "can not and should not be reproduced". Nearly a must-read for anyone dealing with scientific papers on a daily basis. Good reading, recommended (as well as the mailing list and the magazine).
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A proposal to save the Grand Canyon by filling it with styrofoam piffles. The role Jell-O played in the mass extinction of dinosaurs. Why men's beards trigger hysteria and antipathy in cats. JIR is definitely still at it, and from hypothesis to experiment to conclusion here are 150 startling new discoveries reported in the pages of The Best of the Journal of Irreproducible Results, the magazine for biologists, protozoologists, mathematicians, astrophysicists, clinical psychologists, and physiographers. Selection of the Library of Science Book Club.
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Twenty years after it topped the bestseller charts, Douglas R. Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid is still something of a marvel. Besides being a profound and entertaining meditation on human thought and creativity, this book looks at the surprising points of contact between the music of Bach, the artwork of Escher, and the mathematics of Gödel. It also looks at the prospects for computers and artificial intelligence (AI) for mimicking human thought. For the general reader and the computer techie alike, this book still sets a standard for thinking about the future of computers and their relation to the way we think. Hofstadter's great achievement in Gödel, Escher, Bach was making abstruse mathematical topics (like und... Rest of this review on the detail page
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