Archive for August 15th, 2005

A short history of nearly everything. Bill Bryson

A short history of nearly everything. Bill Bryson. 2004. ISBN
0385660049. When I want to armchair travel, Bryson is the writer I
enjoy. This is a very different and good book. If you are anything like
me, having last thought about all the “other” sciences when you were in
university, then this book is for you. Bryson looks at all the tough
questions going on in natural science, makes them lifelike and brings us
up to date on current thinking. His descriptions of quantum physics are
as clear as his discussion of tectonic plates theory right through to
what paleontologists are saying about homo sapien and its roots. The
genetics chapter is useful even if you are up to date on DNA and RNA.
The bonus is his delight in the people who have made the discoveries and
mistakes over time. I had never heard about Lord Kelvin described just
this way before – he brings them to life in a few short pages. I predict
that this will be a science classic. Lots of answers to “Why is ?”

Market Busters.Rita McGrath and Ian MacMillan

Market Busters. 40 Strategic Moves That Drive Exceptional Business
Rita McGrath and Ian MacMillan. 2005. ISBN 1591391237 This is a can do
hands on book on how to really achive exceptional growth. Using five basuc strategies
this book outlines 40 proven moves that get you where you want to go. The authors use manycase studies to illustrate
the moves and provide you with some new decision tools. Well written and
easy to read this is one for your library.