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Recommended Reading: Christopher Hitchens and Martin Amis January 17, 2010

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Vidal Loco by Christopher Hitchens Vanity Fair Jan/Feb 2010 

“…if it’s true even to any degree that we were all changed by September 11, 2001, it’s probably truer of Vidal that it made him more the way he already was, and accentuated a crackpot strain that gradually asserted itself as dominant. If you look at his writings from that time, thrown together in a couple of cheap paperbacks entitled Dreaming War and Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, you will find the more crass notions of Michael Moore or Oliver Stone being expressed in language that falls some distance short of the Wildean ideal.” 

I just finished reading Martin Amis’ book The Second Plane: September 11: Terror and Boredom and consider it a must read.  The cover image of the aforementioned book links to the Amazon page. 

Martin Amis and Christopher Hitchens


The Second Plane: September 11: Terror and Boredom



The Top 10 Science Stories of 2009 (Scientific American) January 3, 2010

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AND THE WINNERS ARE: Ardi, the LHC and the Hubble Space Telescope are among the editors' top picks.

Slide Show: Top 10 Science Stories of 2009

Scientific American’s annual list of the previous year’s top science stories encapsulated my personal picks and generally science enthusiasts around the world.  2009 highlighted the triumphs of the scientific enterprise in seemingly all areas of study, and also marked numerous anniversaries in scientific history.

For instance, the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, 150th anniversary of the publication on On the Origin of the Species, 40th anniversary of man setting foot onto another world (the moon), 400th anniversary of Galileo’s discovery of the motion of the planets, and many more.  2009 was also the International Year of Astronomy, which had many exciting events, education materials, telescopes, and so on either free or very inexpensive for the public to become engaged with the excitement of astronomy.

Scientific American’s top 10 list this year, wraps up the most exciting and most important discoveries/stories of 2009, better than any other (in my opinion, of course.)  So, click the image above and enjoy a recap of science in 2009!