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An Excellent Mystery
Ellis Peters
Progress: 100%
Europe In Autumn
Dave Hutchinson, Graham Rowat
Engineering Animals: How Life Works
Alan Mcfadzean, Mark Denny
Progress: 125/314pages
The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization
Nicholas P. Money
Conservation of Shadows
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 22%
Le premier jour
Marc Levy
Progress: 180/496pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

Reading progress update: I've read 38 out of 245 pages.

Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World  - Joseph E. Meany, Les  Johnson

"In fact, you can even try this yourself at home. Take a pencil, cut away the eraser, and sharpen both ends. If you connect a multimeter or voltage tester across the pencil, you can measure the inherent electrical properties of particular pencil. You can even make a functioning graphite circuit on a piece of paper simply by drawing dark lines on the paper with a pencil and connecting a batter. If you attach a light-emitting diode (LED) to the circuit, the LED will light up!"


So far I'm enjoying this book far more than The Disappearing Spoon and the authors did a far better job of describing the basics of the periodic table. Perhaps it's easier when you focus mainly on carbon.


There are a few asides, but they're probably justifiable, like the one that added extra info on the first woman to be nominated as a Fellow of the Royal Society even though she wasn't related to the main text. Possibly that should have been a footnote though.


Why can't Flat Books nominate books like these? I suppose it could go downhill from here, but still...