Monday, August 25, 2008

Top of the Pops in Science

Cocktail Party Physics, where I got the "NEA 100" (which I am currently working to update), has posted her choice of 75 top popular-science titles. Many good additions to the list in the comments, too.

(Real science, not sci-fi, but I couldn't resist this picture I came across, because I am very fond of parrots.)

I'm thrilled that I have read any of CPP's choices, at all:
20. The Physics of Star Trek, Lawrence Krauss (I'm not quite done, but almost!)
41. The Periodic Table, Primo Levi [this goes on my top 100, period]
69. Copenhagen, Michael Frayn (saw on stage)

But--darn--haven't seen any of them as movies.

2 comments:

evve said...

I'm playing catch-up (obviously) and was interrupted earlier. Anyway, down here in last week's posts I can be as ditzy as, uh, I really am.

Two things - parrots: yes, yes and again I say yes. It was discovering the obit for Alex in the archives that really brought home to me just exactly how simpa you must be (you must be across the story of Nkisi in NY who, because he was "discovered" by Richard Sheldrake whom most in the scientific community consider a loony is now off limits for other investigators fearing ostracism by association); - Copenhagen: possibly one of the best contemporary plays I've ever seen, and I saw it not once, not twice but three times.

Right. On to the next post :-)

fresca said...

Parrots!!! I don't know the story you refer to--I will look it up.

Maybe I saw you at "Copenhagen"! I saw it on stage in London, March 2001, for my 40th birthday.
I haven't seen it since--now I want to at least reread it. Oh--and there's a movie--I wonder if it's any good.