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Cool Science Classics

by Bill Hayes

Writing in the Scientific American blog, John Horgan picks 40 great books on science for summer reading. He lists them in alphabetical order and divides them into two blog posts.

Cool Science Classics for Summer Reading, Part 1

Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, by Martin Gardner …. Gardner poses a tough choice. The mathematician, puzzler and magician is best known as the author of Scientific American’s Mathematical Games column, which ran from 1956 to 1981 and inspired many future mathematicians. Collections of these columns are still in print. But Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science is a skeptical classic that remains all too relevant today (see, for example, Gardner on reincarnation, UFOs and Dianetics, aka Scientology). [more]

Cool Science Classics for Summer Reading, Part 2

Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession, Janet Malcolm …. Malcolm, a journalist, writes in an acutely self-conscious, postmodern style that is perfect for this critique of Freudian therapy. Her psychoanalysis of psychoanalysis and its practitioners is all the more devastating because she so clearly understands them so well. With friends like this, Freudians must think, who needs enemies? [more]