@Kris: If they created it and measured the potency...
Thinking about measuring the potency raises a whole new bunch of questions -- if I can't track down who I leant that book tyo, I'm going to have to buy another copy -- it really is that good -- I woudl 100% recommend it to anyoine --- I thought I was reasonably "well-read" with regard to this stuff, but I learned an amazing amount about topics I'd never even heard of before...
@Rcurl: I'm just wondering what you could store it in?
It talked about this in the book -- unfortunately I can't find it in my shelves (I must have loaned it to someone) - -as I recall it disolves glass like water disolves sugar -- but there was something that would hold it...
Hi Jim -- i know what you mean when you say "I'm actually finding the chemistry and physics interesting" -- the underlying message is that you're surprised -- I agree, a few years ago I wouldn't have been so interested, now i can't get enough of this stuff. Keep your eye on Programmable Logic Designline because I'll be posting more book reviews in the very near future. Cheers -- Max
I should have known it was you, Max! Good to see you in (figurative here) ink again. This book looks to be great! I grew up with a chem professor for a dad, but after doing a few labs in college, I switched to EE and (almost) never looked back. I've been studying up on my solid state electronics in preparation for going back for a masters next year, and I'm actually finding the chemistry and physics really interesting. Can't wait to get the Disappearing Spoon! Thanks.
Yes I am in the midst of this book right now. Very interesting read! I would also recommend (though 8 and 18 years older now, respectively) "Atom: A Single Oxygen Atom's Journey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth...and Beyond" by Lawrence M. Krauss (what is it with great books having long titles?). Shortly after reading "Atom", I read "The Big Bang Never Happened: A Startling Refutation of the Dominant Theory of the Origin of the Universe" by Eric J. Lerner. I blogged about the mindbending experience of these two books here: http://tao-of-pow.blogspot.com/2008/08/deep-thoughts.html.
Thanks for the kind words Dave. The scary thing is that I read books faster than I can review them ... but I've read some really great books recently so I'm going to make a determined effort to do at least two or three reviews a week (this will still leave me falling behind, but at least I'll get to spread the word about the really good ones)
Love the book review. As an engineer at heart, I found the review of the material I learned in a college chemistry class (long ago) very interesting and it sounds like Sam has a winner on his hands. I will have to put his book on my reading list.
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