His family have lost a loved one, his patients and his field of neurosurgery have lost a brilliant, caring doctor, and for theAn illuminating memoir.
His family have lost a loved one, his patients and his field of neurosurgery have lost a brilliant, caring doctor, and for the rest of us, a literary talent. Paul Kalanithi originally had a rough career path consisting of: twenty years in medicine/research, and the next twenty in writing. For someone who had all that abruptly changed with a lung cancer diagnosis, he has managed to be both a doctor and a writer, devoting the time to his career and family but combining both his passion for medicine and literature into this one work. The love for the written word is so evident in his writing. He would've transitioned seamlessly to being an author in that previous future.
The journey of going from a doctor to a patient is one many of us may never understand, but Kalanithi allows us to see not just into the fear and confusion, but the clarity and yes, hope, that is a part of it. I don't think we can ever truly comprehension on all the questions of life and death and meaning that are discussed here, but, quoting Kalanithi, a message that will stay with me:
"You can't ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving."
Holy hell, the research and detail and the footnotes that went into this. THE FOOTNOTES. If you love footnotes, this is the book for you. If you don'tHoly hell, the research and detail and the footnotes that went into this. THE FOOTNOTES. If you love footnotes, this is the book for you. If you don't love footnotes, this book will make you love footnotes so there, this book is for you.
Sydney Padua makes me feel even more than usual (because I already do) that it's a shame that we don't get more of a blend, a partnership, a mutual love and understanding and respect of the relationship between the arts and mathematics. Because these two, they really are something special together. Or well, the romantic side of me believes that you can't really keep the two distinctly apart.
This book was a masterpiece of epic proportions. There really is something for everyone even if any sort of math bores you to tears. I just can't see this book boring anyone. It's worthy of legit guffaws. The style is so expressive and passionate. You can tell it's someone who feels dearly for her two subjects and this alternate universe at hand, and I dearly wish that Padua can just keep making these books for mathematical/scientific historical figures that artists may not wish to work with or think of with interest. I think she's capable of making anything engaging.
I bought a copy of this because it's such a gorgeous hardcover to own. Well worth it. I expected to love this and it still managed to blow my expectations away....more
I don't watch football aside from the Superbowl every year, and have only been vaguely following the ongoing conversatiI could not stop reading this.
I don't watch football aside from the Superbowl every year, and have only been vaguely following the ongoing conversation about concussions around the league. Perhaps it matters more if fans read this because the people behind the science, the ones who are fighting on behalf of these players, many of them are fans too. It doesn't necessarily mean they hate the game and want to destroy it, but the evidence of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) is very hard to ignore, no matter how much the league tries to do so.
I never realized how long the conversation about concussions had been around and all the politics surrounding it. The league has vehemently denied a relationship between the cumulative hits that players withstand in their career to brain damage, and from this stance has belittled the science and the people behind it, until it was no longer possible to do so, yet it is an ongoing battle. Beyond this, even within the scientific community there have been some ugly attacks and plenty of hypocrisy, for the money and/or fame. It's horrific to think about how much time has been wasted as lives are being destroyed. There's great effort in the authors' part to speak for these players beyond being merely case studies or specimens to study upon after their deaths. I applaud the investigative reporting that provided such a strong base for this book - they tried to get a lot of interviews to get the various viewpoints although as expected, not many voices from the top rung of the NFL ladder were able to speak to them.