Mind Over Matter: Conversations with the Cosmos

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First edition hardcover USA.

Mind Over Matter: Conversations With the Cosmos is a collection of general science essays written by K.C. Cole and published on 2003-04-01. The 92 short essays are mostly from Cole's weekly Los Angeles Times science column.


I'm not positive, but I believe I bought this book in the discount section at Barnes and Noble or Borders. The first time I read it, I enjoyed it, but I didn't remember much about it, so I decided to re-read it years later.


I own a first edition hardcover and have read it.



  • The book spans a lot of science subjects including physics, astronomy, geology, chemistry, and more.
  • Cole often makes a lot of ponderous observations that make you think.
  • There are dozens of interesting science facts throughout the book.


  • Most of the science is so generalized, I don't feel like I learned much from the book, but then, it was written for a general audience.
  • Cole too often glosses over science by making fuzzy analogies that leave out important aspects of the science. Cole has an essay explaining why this is necessary, but I still think she's a bit flagrant at times. The article "Holes" is particularly bad.
  • Some of her analogies get a bit too on the woo side, "whispers are winds from the heart." Bleh!
  • I don't care for Cole's inclusion to those scientists who pay lip service to the religious. There is no need to compare the Higgs field to the Tower of Babel or suggest that a Hebrew god made non-symmetrical laws so we wouldn't be jealous of his perfection.


  • Nothing.