It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.
The author's opinion that one doesn't need a physics background to follow this book seems to me to be hopelessly wrong; someone who hasn't at least read a good popular account of relativity theory and quantum mechanics is not gonna have a clue about the scientific discussion.
Abbott's classic, exuberant look at life in two dimensions and how hard it would be to understand a third deserves a wide audience; much wider than stereotypical maths or science nerds. Not only does it remind us that our direct perceptions are limited and limiting, it also acts as a severe critique and satire on Victorian society and hubris that we would do well to take note of even today. Finally, it ends on a bit of a downer note, telling us how visionaries are often treated as crazy.
Pericles rocks up in rusty armour and without a shield; is roundly disparaged by all but King Simonides.
The scientific discussion is pretty much entry-level; it's probably great for those who've never read anything on the subject before - but I have! Again, wrong book, not bad book. However, a few glimpses of the kind of thing I wanted have shone through; Darwin spending 8 years on mollusc anatomy and classification; writing a list of pros and cons on the topic of getting married. Suffering anxiety and depression.
This is pleasant to read and a good introduction to Darwin's ideas and how they relate to the history of geology, biology and theories of evolution. Unfortunately I am not getting a strong sense of the character of the man, which is what I am looking to gain. A case of wrong book rather than bad book and since it's a short book I intend to finish.
I've never found an XKCD cartoon in a formal textbook before!
Fascinating discussion of the information of letters in English; the informational entropy of Romeo and Juliet is approx. 4.12 bits/letter. The correlation length of blocks of English text is 10 letters (including a space). No account seems to be taken of punctuation or upper vs. lower case in this discussion.
I would hazard a guess that Feynman's favourite science outside physics was molecular biology and it appears here in the guise of a naturally occurring "computer"; the copying of base sequences to mRNA is the computation at hand and is completely reversible. The computation is made to go in the desired direction by the relative abundance of necessary chemicals in the cell. Illustrates what reversible computing really means better than anything preceding.
A remarkable "keen" for a murdered husband; the kind of story that would make for a great ballad.
Only the "Religion" section remains.
The Pardoner, by his own admission, is a completely unpious conman, selling fake relics and telling sermons against greed, solely in order to profit from them himself - but he claims he can tell a moral story.
This is sooooooo much easier than reading the Pearl Poet! It's a wonder I ever thought there was anything difficult about it. Alliterative verse still wins over iambs and rhyme every time, in my opinion, though.
Shannon's Source Coding Theorem is one of those results that tells you a thing is possible but nothing at all about how to achieve it!