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Thinking Fast and Slow: Daniel Kahneman *** 6 December 2023 - Coming 12 years late to this famous book on decision making and biases, we find the replication crisis has left it feeling a little hollow. Still fun, but crying out for a revised edition.
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Strange Beauty: George Johnson **** 5 December 2023 - This second edition of a scientific biography of Murray Gell-Mann adds in his final twenty years. Covers both his life and science well.
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Einstein in Time and Space: Samuel Graydon **** 30 November 2023 - A novel approach to an otherwise over-biographised subject: a mosaic of 99 short articles on Einstein's life and work. Very effective, but it wasn't for me.
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Orbital: Samantha Harvey *** 1 November 2023 - This ISS-set lablit novel nicely underlines the lack of real space exploration in the ISS, but feels distinctly pretentious and uninteresting.
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Loophole: Ian Stewart **** 25 September 2023 - Like Fred Hoyle's SF, Stewart's ideas are far better than his writing skills - but this brick of a book, featuring a moon orbiting through a wormhole and a star destroying horde has ideas written large.
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Titanium Noir: Nick Harkaway ***** 18 September 2023 - Brilliant crossover of dystopian science fiction and gumshoe noir - satisfying tale of crime amongst genetically transformed super-people: the best SF I've read this year.
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