Currently Reading January 26, 2013

Bird's eye view of the city of Jackson, Madiso...

Bird’s eye view of the city of Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee 1870. Drawn by A. Ruger. CREATED/PUBLISHED Chicago, Chicago Lithographing Co. [1870] NOTES Perspective map not drawn to scale. “Looking north west.” Library of Congress. Ruger map collection ; no. 176. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I went to the bookstore and purchased On The Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks by Simon Garfield   Link

I have recently become fascinated with maps and have run across a store in Halls, Tennessee named Murray Hudson Antiquarian Books, Maps,Prints and Globes  Link which I had the opportunity to visit back in the summer of 2012. They had maps from the 1870’s of Jackson, Tennessee, which I currently live and this map brought history alive.

From reading the reviews of On the Map it brings out some intriguing questions. I believe we take maps for granted but how would we determine who has the rights to particular property or without our GPS signal could we truly get to where we are going? I will be reporting on this book in the future.

(1) Read: “Nature Has A Formula That Tells Us When It’s Time To Die'” Krulwich Wonders January 22, 2013 Author: Robert Krulwich   Link

I found this article very interesting but I preferred going to the source which is Dr. Geoffrey West of the Santa Fe Institute and his talk at the Legg Mason Thought Leader Forum in 2005   Link   He explains this in a manner that doesn’t just apply to species but also to cities as well. I highly recommend this!!!

I plan to read the following articles this weekend if at all possible and will report on these on Monday, January 28.

(1) From the February, 2013 Scientific American Magazine   Link

“The Myth of Antioxidants” by Melinda Wenner Moyer

“Brain Cells for Grandmother” by Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, Itzhak Fried and Christof Koch

(2) From the January 28, 2013 Issue of The New Yorker   Link

“Bones of Contention: Dinosaurs for sale,” by Paige Williams   Link

(3) Wired Magazine February 2013   Link

“Think Big”  by Steven Levy

This article appears to be about seven world changing ideas. Looks Interesting!!!

“Mutants” by Carl Zimmer

Having started Spillover by David Quammen, Link  these type of articles have me on a roll.

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