During this past month I got around to reading Jeff Goodell‘s book “Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future“. I came across this book after reading “Power To Save The World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy“; it seems appropriate to read up on what’s actually powering us now, instead of the ideal power source.
Jeff Goodell is a contributing editor to both Rolling Stone and The New York Times. He wrote the New York Times bestseller book “Our Story: 77 Hours That Tested Our Friendship and Our Faith“, which covered the Quecreek Mine accident of 2002. From this writing experience, he became interested in the coal industry as a whole. What he finds there is a grim reminder of America’s energy reality.
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I just finished reading Gwyneth Cravens‘ “Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy“.
Gweneth Cravens is a writer and journalist, and was a anti-nuclear activist. She met and debated the merits of nuclear power with Dr. D. Richard (Rip) Anderson over the course of many years, and eventually one day Rip asked her: “Why don’t you go on an American nuclear power tour?” This book is the result of that journey.
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I somewhat recently read “Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets“, by Nassin Nicholas Taleb. I heard of the author somewhere awhile ago. That, combined with my fractals / randomness kick, and recent news about housing markets and stocks diving, it seemed like an appropriate choice.
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I somewhat recently read “The Colour of Infinity: The Beauty and Power of Fractals“; I studied Chaos and Fractals a bit back in MSSM, but in the past decade surely there has to have been advancements.
The book is broken down into 8 Chapters: several are by popularizers of Fractals, several are republished papers by active researchers, and one covers the making of the educational video. This video and book was endorsed / promoted by the recently deceased Sir Arthur C. Clarke.
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