托尔金轶事:“我是一个霍比特人”

Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: J.R.R. Tolkien Book Cover Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: J.R.R. Tolkien
Colin Duriez
David & Charles
2012

Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: J.R.R. Tolkien is the authoritative collection of the man behind Middle-earth, and his remarkably detailed imaginative world of Hobbits and Elves.
Though undoubtedly an academic, there was much more to J.R.R. Tolkien.

托尔金是间谍吗?风景如画的精灵幽谷、温暖如家的袋底洞……这些灵感从何而来?[……]

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一颗原子,跨越亿万时空的旅行

Atom : An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth...and Beyond Book Cover Atom : An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth...and Beyond
Lawrence M. Krauss
Little, Brown
April 1, 2001
320

Every atom in our bodies was once inside the fiery core of a star that exploded billions of years before our solar system was formed.

我们都是星尘。你体内的每颗原子都看尽星起星灭,历尽宇宙沧桑。一颗原子的故事,也就是我们的故事。[……]

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推理小说一般的「埃博拉」历史

Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus Book Cover Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus
David Quammen
Medicine & Health Sciences
W. W. Norton & Company
1 edition (October 20, 2014)
128

“A frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story.” —Walter Isaacson

这是一本扣人心弦、让人着迷的科学书。你能像读侦探小说一样,轻松了解关于埃博拉病毒的一切。[……]

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西北望,射天狼

冬夜,如果你远离城市的霓虹灯,那么你可以仰望南方的星空,寻找那颗最亮的星。你也许会注意到,有三颗星紧密地连成一条直线,这就是猎户座标志性的“腰带”。把这条直线往东南方向延伸,可以看到一颗特别亮的星星,这就是大犬座的天狼星。由于它是大犬座最亮的星。[……]

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