Very tongue in cheek. Also very important. I hate to say this but if you feel intimidated by math this will be a difficult book for you. It is highlyVery tongue in cheek. Also very important. I hate to say this but if you feel intimidated by math this will be a difficult book for you. It is highly dependent upon a good grounding in math to make sense of why his argument are persuasive.
That said, it's highly necessary to couple good math skills with insatiable curiosity about the world around us with critical thinking skills. Good science can only proceed from these. Bad science proceeds from deficiency in any or all. Most of popular understanding about current science is bad science with insufficient understanding of what it actually is and how it operates.
If you're at all interested in special/general relativity, quantum mechanics, cosmology, astrophysics, particle physics and research projects, this book is for you. It carefully lays and critiques how we got here and where we're going. I loved this book and ate it up. Fine primer source for important equations over the last 200 years and why they're important.
Kuhn and Popper are heavily referenced. Tons of pithy quotables; particularly from my personal favorite, Dick Feynman. The mathematician Woit hates this book but his criticisms ring very hollow as Unzicker quotes him liberally. Things that make you go 'hmmmmmmmm.' 'Me thinks the lady doth protest too much ...'...more
Jevons' Paradox is a crucial prerequisite principle in understanding environmentalism, global chaotic climate change, peak oil, ecology, commodities &Jevons' Paradox is a crucial prerequisite principle in understanding environmentalism, global chaotic climate change, peak oil, ecology, commodities & merchantile economics and the real global limits of economic activity/resource exploitation....more
One of the most important books of the 21st century. Known as a competent feminist critical theorist she is also an excellent quantum physicist. She rOne of the most important books of the 21st century. Known as a competent feminist critical theorist she is also an excellent quantum physicist. She reforms Bohr then offers a posthuman performativity that diffractively interferes with quantum mechanics yielding far-reaching impacts upon poststructuralism and a profoundly authentic new materialism. I highly recommend this book.
If you love math and aren't afraid of following her formalisms you'll be amply rewarded with a new understanding of Bohr, the so-called Copenhagen interpretation, EPR which-path thought experiment, Heisenberg's Epistemic Uncertainty Equation/Principle, Bohr's Ontic Indeterminacy Equation/Principle and diffraction interferometry.
Hint: turns out Heisenberg's and Bohr's Equations are the same equation!!!
This will then open what Barad dubs agential realism through intra-active/tion diffractive thinking.
Wild ride -- but awesome ride.
I learned a deep and abiding respect and embrace of Neils Bohr reading this book. And I now have a workable compatibility between special and general relativity theories and quantum mechanics. I'm serious. This is huge. ...more
I enjoyed this book. I wish I was as aware and sharp as Chuck when I was 17.
I have a thing for adventure yarns. Particularly marine and whitewater riI enjoyed this book. I wish I was as aware and sharp as Chuck when I was 17.
I have a thing for adventure yarns. Particularly marine and whitewater river running. This one was entertaining and amusing. Don't take that the wrong away, please. It's tragic but Geig is an upbeat kid with his whole life ahead of him after the disasterous sinking. He expresses his sorrow admirably at the loss of a third of the ship's complement who became more than friends but family. But his irrepressible exhuberance is contageous too. I remember being that young and I envy him this singular life experience I'll never have.
Reading "The Last Voyage of the Albatross' is the next best thing. I will say this. Throughout the book I kept feeling that I wish Ridley Scott has not embellished so melodramatically. I wish he he had filmed Gieg's story the way he told it. Particularly his adventures in the Galapagos Islands. This was the point of the voyage -- to follow in Darwin's footsteps and learn. If you like adventure this one will deliver. Easy read too....more