Ball, Philip

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The Book of Minds: How To Understand Ourselves and Other Beings, from Animals to AI to Aliens

This extensive tome will be a must-read for those with a keen interest in psychology, philosophy, and cognitive science, and for those who want to embark on a deep dive into the significance of the mind.

The Water Kingdom: A Secret History of China

Highly recommended for those interested in Chinese history and culture. For a more comprehensive examination of China's ecological history, see Robert Marks's China: Its Environment and History.

Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything

Although Ball doesn't shed new light on the subject, he possesses the gift of making complicated topics compelling and understandable. A substantial work in the history of science, this engaging title should appeal to serious readers, both academic and armchair.

The Music Instinct

Likely to appeal to readers with a thorough grounding in the basics of music, Ball does not eschew controversy with his strong opinions.

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