“Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell – A review

Outliers - The Story of Success
Outliers – The Story of Success

Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell is one of the best-sellers in the U.S. This is the third non-fiction book by Gladwell that was published in 2008. Gladwell is an English journalist, author, and speaker from Canada. Previously, Gladwell wrote some popular books including “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking” and “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference”.

Think differently (Source: dutchessny.gov)
Think differently (Source: dutchessny.gov)

The term “outliers” refers to the brightest and the best people, and who can achieve a high level of success by stepping out from the main thinking, i.e. they think differently. In the book, Gladwell tells about the factors that are mostly responsible for high levels of success. The author tells that we usually give too much attention to the characteristics of successful people, but we often forget to give attention to other important factors such as culture, family, and generation of successful people. While describing the factors behind the success of people, Gladwell also discusses the secrets of software billionaires, great soccer players, good mathematical abilities of Asians, and greatest rock bands. Read More …

“Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War” by Mary Roach – A review

Grunt- The Curious Science of Humans at War Mary Roach

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War” is one of the best-selling books developed on the curiosity of Mary Roach. She has also written books (curiosities) including “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” – a best-seller having hilarious exploration of human cadavers. The book, a kind of investigative journalism, has humorously and compassionately described the world of military scientists and their struggle to make every combat more survivable for fighters and soldiers. Read More …

“Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill – A review

Think and grow rich (original cover)
Think and grow rich (original cover)

Thousands of people in the present era are working on helping others through personal finance books. Main points in almost all of them include less spending, more saving, better investing, getting out of debt, and solving other such financial issues. However, the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill has presented those things in a way that none other book can. The book was among the best-selling books of all time. Read More …

Paul Kalanithi’s “When Breath Becomes Air” – A review

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi is among the bestsellers in the U.S. Kalanithi was an Indian American and was the son of a doctor. He had almost completed his decade of training as a neurosurgeon. This was really a hard profession to do as doctors in this profession see the life, the death, and the worsening of life of patients, and all this lies in few millimeters of cutting. For example, few millimeters of wrong incisions by surgeons could result in huge problems in the life of patients. Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic lung cancer and died at the age of 37 years. Read More …

EBook – CRIQS (Cancer – Research Ideas, Questions, and Suggestions) – Edition-3

Cancer - Research Ideas, Questions, and Suggestions (CRIQS) - 3 - 500

Cancer – Research Ideas, Questions, and Suggestions (CRIQS) – 3 (eBook cover)

This article has some points from 3rd edition of eBook “CRIQS (Cancer – Research Ideas, Questions, and Suggestions)”.

Cancer is the second most important cause of death in the U.S., and would soon surpass deaths caused by heart diseases. In men, prostate, lung and bronchus, and colorectal cancers account for about 50% of cases, whereas in women, breast, lung and bronchus, and colorectum cancers account for about 50% of cases.

In cancer research, most commonly studied organs are breast, lung, and prostate, and chemotherapy is most commonly studied therapeutic strategy. In the past few years, scientists have started giving increased level of consideration to advanced forms of cancer.

One of the most important issues in cancer research is that very few percentage of cancer patients (you can see the percentage in the eBook) actually take part in cancer research.

In the research on cancer, we can use some methods/instruments/processes such as acoustic-based microfluidic device, genome-wide expression profiling, immunohistochemical assessment, Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), and sequencing technology. We can also take the help of certain software or packages such as various R-packages (you can find the examples of R-packages in the eBook.)

Cancer stem cells, making about 5% of a tumor, have the ability to live even after treatment with chemotherapy or radiation. These cells are thought to be resistant to most of the conventional therapies. They can spread the cancer to other areas. On a further note, cancer cells can develop an ability to deceive the immunity by hiding from the immune system. Moreover, they may use the cells of the immune system to live and grow.

These are some of the points from the eBook “CRIQS (Cancer – Research Ideas, Questions, and Suggestions)”. You can find a number of research ideas, questions, and suggestions in the eBook.

Your purchase of the eBook will help me in doing more research on cancer.