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It just came on the news that Stephen Hawking has been hospitalized.  He's already survived with his illness far longer than is the norm, but it's sad to think the world may be losing someone like that.

It reminded me that some years ago I cried when I heard on the radio that Carl Sagan had died.  There are so few scientists who can make their field accessible to non-scientists, and we need more of them.

Who else has that skill (Richard Feynman comes to mind), and who else in the scientific/technical/medical community has inspired you? 
 

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To me, the books for the non-technical and non-scientist ARE a very important contribution.  When you look at the general public's lack of interest in science, and the misconceptions that abound, anyone who can make technical/scientific topics accessible to the layman is doing civilization a huge favor. 
 

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NogDog said:
Another book that just popped into my mind (more in the general science field) is Voodoo Science by Robert L. Park (subtitled "The Road from Foolishness to Fraud"). This is one that I wish every congressman, other decision-maker, editor, etc. who has anything to do with scientific policy/reporting was somehow required to read.
Oh, fantastic! You just solved my birthday gift problem for DD's dad. We both loved Sagan's Demon-Haunted World; this one sounds like a similar kind of book.
 

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Hope he likes it as much as I did.

As an interesting contrast:
I never would have found these just browsing. Thanks for the recommendation.
 
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