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Here I'd continue to point to the books, which I find to be refreshing and illuminating, as I read them. For now, they would be categorized as non-fiction, fiction, research (primarily for self-reference) and miscellaneous (hope to refine the categories in future, though... :) ).
 
Note: The order as I put them is purely random.
 

Non-fiction          Fiction          Research          Miscellaneous         


Non-fiction
  • "25 Big Ideas in Science" by Robert Matthews
    Synopsis: The most intriguing scientific theories that had the greatest impact on the 21st century science. Ranging from the Information Theory or Artificial Intelligence (Computer Science), to the Small World Theory (Statistics), the Nature versus Nurture Theoty (Genetics) to the Theory of Everything (Physics), it would give you a versatile taste of topics to ponder about.
    Recommendation: Read one idea each night before you sleep. Don't go too fast!
    Time of reading: Nov 2007

  • "The Scientific 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Scientists, Past and Present" by John Galbraith Simmons
    Synopsis: Apparent in title. I loved the additional information about the big guys, that, reading other biographies of the same person, I could not get so easily. For example, I did not know that Newton spent his last few years (among other research) in the mystical study of alchemy.
    Recommendation: Read as you like. Also check the other titles in this particular 100 series.
    Time of reading: Nov 2007


  • "Art of Scientific Investigation" by William I Beveridge
    Synopsis: In The Art of Scientific Investigation, originally published in 1950, W.I.B. Beveridge explores the development of the intuitive side in scientists. The author's object is to show how the minds of humans can best be harnessed to the processes of scientific discovery. This book therefore centers on the “human factor”; the individual scientist.
    Time of reading: 2006
    Link:
    http://blackburnpress.stores.yahoo.net/artofscin.html
     
  • "Who Wants to be a Scientist?: Choosing Science as a Career" by Nancy Rothwell
    Synopsis: "If you are considering a career in research, have already embarked on your career and want to succeed, are uncertain which route to take or advise, train or supervise scientists, this book offers some helpful advice. Nancy Rothwell, a senior scientist with extensive experience training scientists and communicating with the public, covers topics ranging from choosing a PhD or postdoctoral position, successful interviews and preparing your cv to managing your supervisor; how to give successful talks, publish high quality papers and become known within your field." - Author
    Time of reading: 2006/2007
    Link:
    http://books.google.com/books?id=KUzLX9Wf4SsC&dq=who+wants+to+be+a+scientist+nancy+rothwell&psp=1

 

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