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Life, God, and Other Small Topics: Conversations from Socrates in the City

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Book Number: 
653
Date Fred Read: 
May 2016
Fred's Rating: 
4
Total Pages: 
360
Publisher: 
Plume
Year: 
2011

Eric Metaxas, author of two acclaimed NYT bestselling biographies - Bonhoeffer and Amazing Grace - is the host and founder of Socrates in the City, the acclaimed New York speakers’ series. This was a gift book from my friend who gave me book 652.  Read more

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What Are You Optimistic About?

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Book Number: 
652
Date Fred Read: 
May 2016
Fred's Rating: 
2
Total Pages: 
361
Publisher: 
Pocket Books
Year: 
2008

John Brockman is a writer, agent, and publisher of the ‘Third Culture’ website edge.org, the forum for leading scientists and thinkers to share their research with the general public. This was a gift book.  Read more

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The Upanishads: A New Translation

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Book Number: 
651
Date Fred Read: 
May 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Vernon Katz
Author: 
Thomas Egenes
Total Pages: 
171
Publisher: 
Tarcher Cornerstone
Year: 
2015

Both authors have studied and taught Sanskrit and Hindu religions. Vernon Katz is a trustee emeritus and visiting professor at Maharishi University in Fairfield, IA, where Thomas Egenes is an associate professor. Thomas Egenes' guides for learning Sanskrit are used at universities in the US, Europe, and Australia.  Read more

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Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science

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Book Number: 
650
Date Fred Read: 
April 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Werner Heisenberg
Total Pages: 
180
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial
Year: 
2007

Austrian physicist Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1932, for his 1927 “creation of quantum mechanics." In 1925 he published his matrix formulation of quantum mechanics. In 1927 he published his uncertainty principle for which he is best known.  Read more

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What Is Life? with Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches (Canto Classics)

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Book Number: 
649
Date Fred Read: 
April 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Erwin Schrödinger
Total Pages: 
184
Publisher: 
Cambridge Univ. Press
Year: 
1967

Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961) won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1933, for his 1926 introduction of Schrödinger's mathematical equation for the wave function of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. First publication dates: 1944 for ‘What Is Life?’, 1956 for ‘Mind and Matter’, 1960 for ‘Autobiographical Sketches.’  Read more

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Pope Francis: Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio

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Book Number: 
648
Date Fred Read: 
April 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Total Pages: 
245
Publisher: 
New America Library
Year: 
2010

Francesca Ambrogetti, a journalist and social psychologist, has headed Associations for Foreign Press and Correspondents. She works with international media and the Vatican Radio. Sergio Rubin, an award-winning author and journalist, is chief of religious news for the Argentinian newspaper Clarin and its supplement Valores Religiosos. My paperback edition was a gift.  Read more

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Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home

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Book Number: 
647
Date Fred Read: 
April 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Pope Francis
Total Pages: 
151
Publisher: 
Melville House
Year: 
2015

Pope Francis, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is the first Latin American and the first Jesuit to lead the Roman Catholic Church. Devoted to rectifying social injustices and economic inequality, he has said that he “would like to see a church that is poor and is for the poor.” My paperback edition was a gift.  Read more

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

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Book Number: 
646
Date Fred Read: 
April 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Elizabeth Kolbert
Total Pages: 
271
Publisher: 
Picador
Year: 
2015

Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer at The New Yorker. This book won a Pulitzer Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. It was also a NYT bestseller and was chosen as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by the NYT Book Reviews.  Read more

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Decoding Reality: the Universe as Quantum Information

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Book Number: 
645
Date Fred Read: 
March 2016
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Vlatko Verdal
Total Pages: 
218
Publisher: 
Oxford
Year: 
2012

Vlatko Verdal, with a Ph.D. in Quantum Information Theory of Entanglement, is a Professor of Quantum Information Theory at Oxford and is professor of physics at the National University of Singapore. He has written for popular science journals, newspapers, and given many radio and TV interviews.  Read more

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The Immortal Mind: Science and the Continuity of Consciousness beyond the Brain

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Book Number: 
644
Date Fred Read: 
March 2016
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Ervin Laszlo
Author: 
Anthony Peake
Total Pages: 
154
Publisher: 
Inner Traditions
Year: 
2014

Ervin Laszlo, a systems scientist and integral theorist, is founder and past president of the international think-tank the Club of Budapest and the Ervin Laszlo Center for Advanced Study. Anthony Peake is a writer, researcher and author of seven books.  Read more

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