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« Reply #1800 on: February 02, 2008, 12:58:03 PM »

Psst.....barton....

"feminine designation",please.
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« Reply #1801 on: February 02, 2008, 02:02:12 PM »

Share your thoughts on your favorite books of American history.
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« Reply #1802 on: February 02, 2008, 02:04:33 PM »

Hello, Shoes,

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« Reply #1803 on: February 04, 2008, 03:47:07 AM »

I started on American Prometheus over the weekend, and all I can say is cheers to whoever recommended this book!  It is fun to read.  What a time to have been a scientist!  A very human portrait of the man who invented the A bomb.  Look forward to the discussion.
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« Reply #1804 on: February 04, 2008, 11:36:31 AM »

Nytemps, sorry for mistakenly painting a moustache on you.   I am hastily erasing it and drawing on rosy cheeks, full lips, and a party dress that is both revealing and yet demure.
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« Reply #1805 on: February 04, 2008, 09:09:09 PM »

I thank you most heartily, barton, and not that I doubt your artistic skills, transforming me into that revised image is possible only in words.  (Kid in passing saw your post and gave me such a look, even her powers of imagination are challenged.) Smiles from ovah heah to ovah yondah.     
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« Reply #1806 on: February 04, 2008, 09:12:17 PM »

dzimas: H'ray, you're doing the Oppie book!  I still rate it the best non-fiction I've read in the last couple of years.  Looking forward to looking in on comments. 
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« Reply #1807 on: February 05, 2008, 04:41:14 AM »

Do I have you to thank, NYT?  If so, great choice!  There is certainly much fodder for discussion in this book.  I'm also curious to read Einstein,

http://www.amazon.com/Einstein-Life-Universe-Walter-Isaacson/dp/0743264738/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202204408&sr=1-1

especially given all the good press it has received.  Have long been a big fan of Feynman,

http://www.amazon.com/Surely-Feynman-Adventures-Curious-Character/dp/0393316041/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202204605&sr=1-1

who had a wonderful way of making physics accessible to the layman.
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« Reply #1808 on: February 05, 2008, 10:57:42 AM »

My memory is Mr. Feynman is related to his book series, Lectures on Physics.  Huge things.  When I was first married, we inherited a very old bed with slats that were too narrow.  The mattress kept falling so eventually we used Mr. Feynman to prop it up.  Drove my husband nuts because occasionally he would have to dig them out to look up something for his studies. 

But yes, the Einstein looks good.  I've heard the author give interviews public radio.  Sounds fascinating.
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« Reply #1809 on: February 05, 2008, 11:42:54 AM »

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When I was first married, we inherited a very old bed with slats that were too narrow.  The mattress kept falling so eventually we used Mr. Feynman to prop it up.


I imagine Feynman would have been happy to know his book was put to such good use.  As for other Feynman books, Tuva or Bust, is great fun,

http://www.amazon.com/Tuva-Bust-Richard-Feynmans-Journey/dp/0393320693/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202229751&sr=1-1

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« Reply #1810 on: February 05, 2008, 12:15:57 PM »

Do I have you to thank, NYT?  If so, great choice!  There is certainly much fodder for discussion in this book.  I'm also curious to read Einstein,

http://www.amazon.com/Einstein-Life-Universe-Walter-Isaacson/dp/0743264738/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202204408&sr=1-1

especially given all the good press it has received.  Have long been a big fan of Feynman,

http://www.amazon.com/Surely-Feynman-Adventures-Curious-Character/dp/0393316041/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202204605&sr=1-1

who had a wonderful way of making physics accessible to the layman.


Feynman was so wonderfully accessible that in fact I knew immediately what had happened to the "o rings" that freezing day,Jan.28,1986.
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« Reply #1811 on: February 05, 2008, 12:25:40 PM »


Do I have you to thank, NYT?  If so, great choice!  There is certainly much fodder for discussion in this book.  I'm also curious to read Einstein,

http://www.amazon.com/Einstein-Life-Universe-Walter-Isaacson/dp/0743264738/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202204408&sr=1-1

especially given all the good press it has received.  Have long been a big fan of Feynman,

http://www.amazon.com/Surely-Feynman-Adventures-Curious-Character/dp/0393316041/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202204605&sr=1-1

who had a wonderful way of making physics accessible to the layman.



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« Reply #1812 on: February 05, 2008, 02:01:15 PM »

Well, unless I read something interesting, I will be skipping American Promethius, but I do like the idea of reading about Einstein, so I ordered that, and abook about the life of Benjamin Franklin. Both should be useful in creating stories for the kids.

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« Reply #1813 on: February 05, 2008, 11:45:16 PM »

Yes, the new Isaacson bio of Einstein was discussed on NPR and I'm definitely interested if/when a group assembles--should it go in World History, perhaps?

I believe Bob will be coming in on the Oppenheimer discussion sometime soon, or at least I hope so. 

Much of American Prometheus seemed particularly vivid to me after a decade or so of living in NM and knowing teaching colleagues who grew up in Los Alamos, the children of scientists and military/DOD.  An aside: July 16 is my birthday, and I used to make an extra credit question on History final exams:  "What is your teacher's birthday and what is the significance of the date?"  Instead of "July 16, which in 1945 was the date the first atomic test bomb was exploded" my favorite answer was "July 16, 1945...the storming of the Bastille"--yes, student got half credit.   
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« Reply #1814 on: February 06, 2008, 12:17:54 AM »

With only 15 percent of the Vote ABC is already projecting Hillary Clinton as the winner in Calif.That is really fast.Thought it would have been a lot closer.McCain wins Calif also.
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