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1. The Ancestor's Tale, Richard Dawkins
I picked this one to start my challenge for no other reason than I bought it new when it came out and it has been sitting on my shelf ever since. I needed to read it someday so today I got it started. It is the evolutionary timeline being told from present to past. Not bad so far.
I did receive Threads From the Web of Life: Stories in Natural History by Stephen Daubert from the LT MemberGiveaway program. It came from Vanderbilt University Press. It is a new hardcover that is illustrated by the author's brother. The offer asked for a review so I'm going to start reading it before I finish the Dawkins book. It has 162 pages- minus the illustrations, maybe 140 page of text- so it shouldn't take too awful long to read it.
Things like, brain size, body size, bipedalism (amazing number of ideas on why that came about), the early humanoid fossils found to date and the arguments surrounding them, and so on. A large volume of information is offered but so far it is not overwhelming or tedious.
Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet by Mark Lynas is an accessible global climate change book. Some of the scenarios are quite bleak.
The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes is history of science in the Romantic era. There are some great portrayals of some of the main players in science at the time in England. Almost my favorite science book of the year.
I think In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind by Eric R. Kandel will end being my favorite science book of the year though. It's a blend of memoir and science. It really brings out how long some of the research takes to come to understand some of the processes of nature. Decades in many cases. It takes a dedication that is uncommon to secure some of this knowledge.
I've got a good start on Complexity: A Guided Tour by Melanie Mitchell which I'm enjoying.
If I finish Complexity and Ancestor's Tale by the end of the year (and I should), that will bring me to six since the May start of this challenge.