The author is attempting to challenge the very notion "that institutions based on Western Philosophy are the solution to world's problems". Though somThe author is attempting to challenge the very notion "that institutions based on Western Philosophy are the solution to world's problems". Though some Westernized Indians know that there is a huge problem with the western solutions to the world problem, we are not sure about the exact cause of these problems.
To explain that he first needed to explain the origin of Western Universalism framework and interpret it in terms of Indic Philosophical (or Dharmic philosopical) perspective. This was done brilliantly. Being a moderately westernized Indian, I have some trouble to understand the full depth of the Indian Philosophical overview he provides in this book. It will take some time for me to sink in views he presented. As he suggested, I may have to master the sanskrit language in order to fully appreciate his views.
Nevertheless a great read for those who are interested in "connecting the dots" of various aspects of society (politics, economics, science etc )....more
Science is boring work. Most scientific discoveries are a result of doing boring tasks meticulously. Since finding the true picture of Universe requirScience is boring work. Most scientific discoveries are a result of doing boring tasks meticulously. Since finding the true picture of Universe requires such laborious work, it is unfair to expect an average human to spend so much time, which is a luxury for many, to properly understand scientific discoveries.
However, the urge to know what is happening in the Universe is strong in every human. Due to lack of time, many will take comfort in lazy explanations. Attention Span is a major impediment.
So how do you communicate the scientific discoveries to laypeople? Talk in their own linguistic style. Once the people are connected and are familiar with the basic terms of the scientific theory, their own curiosity will drive them to read advanced books in that area, hopefully.
And this is preciously what Leonard Susskind has done. Written in style of a travelogue/auto biography/human stories, this physicist from Stanford, tried to explain both Theory of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics in order to describe the Information Paradox and how the Physicists finally solved the paradox.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who are confident about their high school physics knowledge. Even if you didn't understand the solution to the paradox, the analogies that were used to explain the Theory of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics are very useful for further study or just appreciate the complexity.
The war metaphors are what makes this book interesting. I certainly started reading the book only because I saw a chapter named "Battle of Santa Barbara" and decided to see what a battle means in Scientific Community :) ...more