December 01, 2014

Articles Collection — December 2014

When you don't get time to read, just dump the links to your blog. Make a blog post; is what I do.

So, here are a few links. Completely random.



November 30, 2014

Hope for Humanity

That so many people responded to Phil Plait's tweet is a sign of hope for humanity IMO.

Here's Phil Plait's article.

November 23, 2014

A Collection of Books

The following is a list of books one has had the privilege of reading over the years


1
A Brief History of Time
Stephen W. Hawking
2
Black Holes and Baby Universes
Stephen W. Hawking
3
Dreams of a Final Theory
Steven Weinberg
4
The First Three Minutes
Steven Weinberg
5
Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science
John Gribbin & Michael White
6
The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Biography of Srinivas Ramanujan
Robert Kanigel
7
Genius: A Biography of Richard Feynman
James Gleick
8
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan
9
Cosmic Coincidences
John Gribbin and Martin Rees
10
Chaos – The Making of a New Science
James Gleick
11
Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman
Richard Feynman
12
Cosmos
Carl Sagan
13
Broca’s Brain
Carl Sagan
14
Dragons of Eden
Carl Sagan
15
Beyond the Last Blue Mountain: A Biography of J. R. D. Tata
R. M. Lala
16
Joy of Achievement – Conversations with J. R. D. Tata
R. M. Lala
17
The End of history and the Last Man
Francis Fukuyama
18
With Malice Toward None: A Biography of Abraham Lincoln

19
How We Die
Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland
20
The Razor’s Edge
Somerset Maugham
21
Silicon Samurai
Tom Forrester
22
Father, Son and Co. – My Life at IBM and Beyond
Thomas Watson Jr.
23
A Life in Our Times
John Kenneth Galbraith
24
John Kenneth Galbraith – His Life, His Politics and His Economics
Richard Parker
25
Why Me?
Sammy Davis, Jr.
26
Woody Allen – Complete Prose
Woody Allen
27
Imaginary Homelands
Salman Rushdie
28
Midnight’s Children
Salman Rushdie
29
Preparing for the Twenty-First Century
Paul Kennedy
30
The Golden Gate
Vikram Seth
31
From Heaven Lake – Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet
Vikram Seth
32
An Equal Music
Vikram Seth
33
Forward the Foundation
Issac Asimov
34
Nancy Reagan
Kitty Kelly
35
The Day of the Jackal
Frederic Forsyth
36
The Fist of God
Frederic Forsyth
37
Five Patients
Michael Crichton
38
Travels
Michael Crichton
39
The Andromeda Strain
Michael Crichton
40
Creatures of the Kingdom
James Michener
41
Space
James Michener
42
Beloved
Toni Morrison
43
Contact
Carl Sagan
44
The Fountainhead
Ayn Rand
45
The Evening News
Arthur Hailey
46
Airport
Arthur Hailey
47
Ageless Body, Timeless Mind
Deepak Chopra
48
Catch – 22
Joseph Heller
49
The Fifth Horseman
Dominique Lapierre
50
Imperial Earth
Arthur C. Clarke
51
The Last Take – Marilyn Monroe

52
Maze
Larry Collins
53
Latecomers
Anita Brookner
54
Jimmy
Jane Renouf
55
Issac Asimov’s New Guide to Science
Issac Asimov
56
Hospital
Arthur Hailey
57
Body and Soul
Frank Conroy
58
Song of Solomon
Toni Morrison
59
Profiles of the Future
Arthur C. Clarke
60
Kane and Abel
Jeffrey Archer
61
Our Game
John Le Carre
62
The Secret Pilgrim
John Le Carre
63
The Russia House
John Le Carre
64
Smiley’s People
John Le Carre
65
The Night Manager
John Le Carre
66
Foundation and Earth
Issac Asimov
67
Sisters
Robert Littell
68
1984: SPRING – A Choice of Futures
Arthur C. Clarke
69
The Bridge Across Forever
Richard Bach
70
Illusions
Richard Bach
71
Love Story
Erich Segal
72
Oliver’s Story
Erich Segal
73
The Edible Woman
Margaret Atwood
74
Jasmine
Bharati Mukherjee
75
Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
76
India: A Million Mutinies Now
V. S. Naipaul
77
An Agent in Place
Robert Littell
78
The Theory of Evolution
John Maynard Smith
79
Talking Straight
Lee Iacocca
80
An Autobiography
Lee Iacocca
81
The Hunt for Red October
Tom Clancy
82
Red Storm Rising
Tom Clancy
83
OP-CENTER
Tom Clancy
84
The Naïve and Sentimental Lover
John Le Carre
85
Shall We Tell the President
Jeffrey Archer
86
Icon
Frederic Forsyth
87
The Terminal Man
Michael Crichton
88
Rising Sun
Michael Crichton
89
Sphere
Michael Crichton
90
Airframe
Michael Crichton
91
Dragon Seed
Pearl S. Buck
92
The New Science Journalists

93
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain
94
The Rainbow
D. H. Lawrence
95
Brain
Robin Cook
96
Coma
Robin Cook
97
Blindsight
Robin Cook
98
The Year of the Intern
Robin Cook
99
Invasion
Robin Cook
100
The Fourth K
Mario Puzo
101
Godfather
Mario Puzo
102
Julius Caesar
William Shakespeare
103
A Passage to India
E. M. Forster
104
Diana: Her True Story
Andrew Morton
105
Discovery of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
106
An Autobiography
Jawaharlal Nehru
107
Glimpses of World History
Jawaharlal Nehru
108
Probabilities of the Quantum World

109
Penguin History of the World
J. M. Roberts
110
Freedom at Midnight
Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre
Recent books accessed from the American Center Library in New Delhi
111
The Right Stuff
Tom Wolfe
112
The New Empire: A Collection of Essays (1992 – 2000)
Gore Vidal
113
A Life in the Cosmos: A Biography of Carl Sagan
William Poundstone
114
A Man on the Moon
Andrew Chaikin
115
The Portable Malcolm Cowley
Malcolm Cowley
116
My Fellow Americans: A Collection of Speeches by US Presidents

117
An Unfinished Life – A Biography of JFK
Robert Dalek
118
Robert Frost – A Life
Jay Parini
119
Ogden Nash
Collected Poems
120
The year of Magical Thinking
Joan Didion
121
Over Here – The First World War and American Society
David M. Kennedy
122
Alan Shrugged – Alan Greenspan, the World’s Most Powerful Banker
Jerome Tucille
123
The Crosswinds of Freedom
James MacGregor Burns
124
Dutch – A Memoir of Ronald Reagan
Edmund Morris
125
Some Sort of Epic Grandeur – The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Matthew J. Bruccoli
126
BILL CLINTON: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY – Great Expectations
Nigel Hamilton
127
FAULKNER: A BIOGRAPHY
Joseph Blotner
128
NOBEL PRIZE WOMEN IN SCIENCE
Sharon Bertsch McGrayne


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