What Are You Reading?

Created by eznark on March 15, 2012, 6:22 p.m.
  • Bad Science by Ben Goldacre.

    This book answers a lot of questions that have been bothering me and explains it rigorously, exactly and with unexpected amazing hilarity. To be honest with you, I have not really encounter something this funny with this level of science, but then again this is not my subject. Doctors and scientist do not have a reputation for being funny and Bill Nye (god bless him for trying) is not helping.

    The book covers a lot of topics related to science such as the media reporting scientific studies badly, studies with bad methods, misrepresentation of nutrition in public health on an international scale, homeopathy, understanding statistics and does it with a good introduction to the scientific method. Most, importantly he shines a light on the fact that pharmaceutical companies have not been ethical in sharing the results of the clinical data that has come up. Not only does he describes the problem holistically, he designed a pathway to a solution and enacted it in his alltrials website. Also, that does not mean the issue is resolved; it was more a step in the right direction. Book is a bit dense and verbose (for me at least) but the wit gets you through it. With no question or hyperbole, this is the best a book I read all year.

    If you are thinking about reading it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4MhbkWJzKk

    He does a better job summarizing it in his TED talk.

    Sidenote: I tweeted a typo at the author and publisher. He replied with a joke. Was a big shock... @.@ Oh, the power of twitter.

  • I finally started famous "Godfather" by Mario Puzo! :)


  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho reccomended by a good friend of mine.