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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Shadows and Light
David McLaughlin, Michael Gray
The Traders' War: A Merchant Princes Omnibus
Charles Stross
Progress: 230/624 pages
The Penguin Classics Book
Various Authors, Henry Eliot
Progress: 342/460 pages
Summer Morning, Summer Night
Ray Bradbury
Progress: 84/176 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
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 746/1102 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

Reading progress update: I've read 112 out of 193 pages.

Emmy Noether, 1882 1935 - Auguste Dick

The first obit. is by van der Waerden, a close colleague. It focuses on Noether's mathematical output and outlook and is impenetrable to me and everybody else without an advanced education in modern abstract algebra. What does penetrate is that she revolutionised her field by taking a radical approach, pushing abstraction way beyond previous limits. Her lectures were mad; she'd be working them out as she went along, attempting to develop new theories, rather than repeating established material; few could follow what she was doing.