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Authors: Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg
i just finished reading this book and i’m already looking into buying their next book “Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex?”. it was a very interesting book, full of answers and simple facts on many questions you have asked yourself at least once but never bothered finding out. the subtitle is spot on: “Hundreds of Questions You’d Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini”.
Leyner is a writer, he can be spotted in the New Yorker and GQ, and Golberg is a doctor in New-York. you’ll love the mix of humor and scientific explanations on questions such as: “why do old ladies grow beards?”, “does coffee stunt your growth?”, and “can lip balm be addictive?”. when the authors write “we expect it to be toilet reading”, they are probably right, but i still think that it makes for a very entertaining read.
Polar Bears across the world are facing problems due to climate changes and poor regulations. You would think that Canada, being such a “good” country, would do something about their bear population. Unfortunately, it isn’t so, and Canada, like most other countries around the polar caps are not concerned at all about their survival. Check out this youtube video from the Nature Challenge Crew, and while you are at it, visit David Suzuki’s Nature Challenge site to get more ideas on how you can help. You can also get their full report in PDF format (in French too).
If I had to suggest two books to begin with, I would go with:
Ernst Mayr: What Evolution Is
Steve Jones: Darwin’s Ghost: The Origin of the Species Updated
(Or Charles Darwin: The Origin of Species directly if you have the patience and the wits…)
I’ve tried to give a certain order to the following list. The most influencial writers in comtemporary evolution theory come first. For example, Maynard Smith and Ernst Mayr are two very good writers and researchers from the 20th century. Super important stuff. One interesting note here, Niles Eldredge was the co-inventor of the theory of Punctuated equilibrium, on which you can read a really interesting article from Stephen Jay Gould’s free online archive.
John Maynard Smith: Evolution and the Theory of Games
John Maynard Smith: Evolutionary Genetics
Ernst Mayr: Toward a New Philosophy of Biology: Observations of an Evolutionist
Carl Zimmer: Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea.
Stephen Jay Gould: Ontogeny and Phylogeny
Richard Dawkins: Climbing Mount Improbable
Richard Dawkins: The Selfish Gene
Niles Eldredge: Reinventing Darwin
Niles Eldredge: The Natural History Reader in Evolution
Jared M. Diamond: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Jared Diamond: The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
Daniel C. Dennett: Darwin’s Dangerous Idea
Michael T. Ghiselin: Metaphysics and the Origin of Species
P.J. Greenwood, et al.: Evolution
Matt Ridley: The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature