Currently reading: “La scienza non ha bisogno di Dio” by Edoardo Boncinelli
Recently finished: “The vital question” by Nick Lane. This book was really a mind-blown to me. I will definitely try to write a whole blog post about it. But briefly, Lane tries to explain with biochemical and evolutionary principles how life is the way it is. Outstanding!
Currently: studying Dutch and writing an amateur novel.
Readings and Interests:
- “A universe from nothing” by Lawrence Krauss. How can something come about from nothing? An interesting explanation of the physics of the existing while trying to mine some of the most radical religious claims about the origin of the universe.
- “Acquiring Genomes, a theory of the origins of species” by Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan. A provocative, fascinating and crazy theory accounting for the origin of species. Symbiogenesis is the key. Could modern organisms have arisen not only through gradual selection of mutations but also through “jumps” in history thanks to merging of genomes due to symbiogenesis?
- “The Panda’s thumb, more reflections in natural history” by Stephen Jay Gould. He came up together with Neil Eldredge with the punctuated equilibrium theory for evolution timescale. Good reading filled with insights on a crazy number of natural history episodes.
- “Biomimicry, innovation inspired by nature” by Janine M. Benyus. An illuminating account of a newly emerging branch of knowledge: Biomimicry. This book should inspire many people to look at the civilized world in a different way. I bought the book when it was really a new thing, now it’s a big deal. Check them out at
Biomimicry.org and asknature.com
- “The double helix, the discovery of the structure of DNA” by James D. Watson. An amazing story for an amazing milestone in biology. It really is more like a novel than a scientific manuscript. Enjoyable at its best.
- “The selfish gene” and “The extended phenotype” by Richard Dawkins. Two masterpieces that have to be read. I will have to talk about some of the stuff inside these books sooner or later.
- “The future of life” by Edward O. Wilson. One of the greatest science writers explains problems and future perspectives on life on our planet Earth.