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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

The Aeronaut's Windlass
Jim Butcher
Progress: 260/640 pages
Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 107/789 pages
The Essential Shakespeare
Ted Hughes
Progress: 72/259 pages
Canaletto: Bernardo Bellotto Paints Europe
Andreas Schmacher
Progress: 286/360 pages
Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
Progress: 10/224 pages
Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
Progress: 58/250 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
The Complete Plays and Poems
E.D. Pendry, J.C. Maxwell, Christopher Marlowe
Gravitation (Physics Series)
Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
Progress: 48/1215 pages
The Complete Novels of Jane Austen
Jane Austen
Progress: 903/1220 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 86 out of 194 pages.

What Is Life?: With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches - Erwin Schrödinger, Roger Penrose

A muddled chapter - I'm not even sure what the point is! An argument that Newtonian mechanics is based on the assumption of low entropy (basically rigid bodies are low entropy because they are solids - ignoring Classical fluid dynamics which applies Newton's Laws to fluids). Hence classical mechanics is a macro-result of quantum mechanics. (The worst argument that this is the case I've ever come across.) Then saying that essentially the same argument applies to the "clock-work" of life, whilst noting the distributed nature of the life-meachanism.