October 14, 2012

The Reading Files - Science nut

I wouldn't want to get that review pile as humongous as my "normal" TBR piles, thus I did some reading for review this week, rounded off by indulging in some fiction too, of course.

Paradox (Jim Al-Kahlili)

Thoughts. Let's solve puzzles! You know the ones that are easily mistaken for unsolvable paradoxes. Not only did I learn a thing or two, the author unravels each paradox in a wonderfully fun way. Even better, I didn't need a college degree to understand the explanations, yay!

Conversation starter. The night sky is dark, because the universe had a beginning.

Verdict. An amusive and educational trip into the world of paradoxes!

The Half-Life of Facts (Samuel Arbesman)

Thoughts. Facts change, some faster than others. Some are more persistent than others, no matter if they're outdated or not. And facts change in recognizable patterns. Incredible fascinating and fortunately not heavy on numbers and statistics.

Lesson learned. Lazarus taxa - species of living things that are presumed long extinct until contrary evidence is discovered.

Verdict. Insightful journey into the world of ever-changing facts!

The Stepford Wives (Ira Levin)

Thoughts. Apart from my surprise that this is more a novella than a full-fledged novel, this book had me in its grip from page one. Especially the scene where Joanna tries to run away got my heart-rate up despite me knowing all too well how the story ends. Total classic!

Random quote. They never stop, these Stepford wives, she thought. It sounded like the first line of a poem. They never stop, these Stepford wives. They something something all their lives. Work like robots. Yes, that would fit. They work like robots all their lives. (p. 73)

Verdict. Succinct and eerily scary!

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