Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Violinist’s Thumb Promo


I often wonder if the present era will someday be known as the age of the acronym, the fertile crux of a terse new lingo.  Examples abound, with LOL, FAQ, and NSA coming immediately to mind.  BTW, in my estimation, DNA is the reigning regent of this avalanche of abbreviation.  I mean, we’re talking about nothing less than the blueprint of life as we know it.  On the other hand, despite its centrality to our existence, to most the molecule is more than a bit mysterious, a nebulous notion at best.

Sam Kean’s The Violinist’s Thumb is a most satisfactory solution to this dilemma, in that it manages to both edify and entertain.  On May 19, 2014, won’t you please don your thinking cap, and join what promises to be a lively discussion of Mr. Kean’s tasty text.  And finally, please find words of the wise below.

“…Kean has created another page-turning scientific history in The Violinist’s Thumb. With fluid gusto, he turns the discovery of DNA into riveting human drama, then unfurls a series of anecdotes that expand our understanding of genetic influence on our lives…” –Amazon

“A science journalist with a flair for words…[Kean’s] language is fluid and accessible, even for the science-challenged.” –Library Journal

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Energy: Myths and Realities

vaclav smilWHO:  I discovered Vaclav Smil’s work while perusing a recent issue of Wired Magazine.  More specifically, an article titled This Is the Man Bill Gates Thinks You Absolutely Should Be Reading, and if you call yourself an environmentalist, then you really ought to check out his written work.

 WHAT:  In this case, the work in question bears the moniker Energy: Myths and Realities, is subtitled Brining Science to the Energy Policy Debate, and the two sum up the work in fine fashion.

WHEN:  In the interest of being well informed, it is suggested that you ought to read this tech-toned-treatise as soon as possible.

 WHY:  As in why you should most definitely read this book.  In Mr. Smil’s own words:

“If a global civilization is to commit trillions of dollars over the course of many decades to improve the odds of it’s to its stable existence, then it should follow the most rational, most economically rewarding, and least environmentally stressful course rather than pursuing inherently inferior alternatives.”

WHERE:  At your local Southern Adirondack Library System branch.

HOW:  Click the link to order a copy of Energy: Myths and Realities, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming an energy policy wonk.


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