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book for the tale of the dueling neurosurgeons by sam kean

Series: N/A

Chapters: 12; s/m/L

Pages: 355

Genre: Non-Fiction/Scientific

“Sam Kean’s skill in illuminating how the brain’s functions and malfunctions manifest themselves in people’s lives makes for an absorbing reading.” – Howard Schneider, Wall Street Journals

Description: Sam Kean launches the reader into interesting and thrilling stories of how breakthroughs in neurology happened. He explains in depth how they were phenomenon at the time, and honestly still are. “Sam Kean unearths stories behind such neurological curiosities as phantom limbs, viruses that eat patients’ memories, and blind people who see with their tongues.”

“Most scientists at the time believed that insanity, true insanity, always betrayed itself by clear brain damage-lesions, hemorrhages, putrid tissue, something. Inside [his] skull, though, nothing seemed amiss at first.” (52)

7/10
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book cover for what if? by randall munroe

Series: N/A

Chapters: 69; s/M/l

Pages: 290

Genre: Non-Fiction/Science

“Loaded with the same dry wit and blank-faced stick figures that populate xkcd, What If? is that rare book that will have you laughing as you learn just how a mass extinction might unfold.”-Discover

Description: Scientist and creator of the comic ‘xkcd’, Randal Munroe, has taken many questions that have been asked to him and applied physics, biology, chemistry and more to explain any and all outcomes. From global windstorms to Richter 15 earthquakes, this book is filled with science, humour and a lot of stickmen.

“Would dumping anti-matter into the Chernobyl reactor when it was melting down stop the meltdown? -AJ” (60)

10/10

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