Recommended Read: How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking – Jordan Ellenberg

How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking – Jordan Ellenberg Notes: This is an excellent and thought provoking book about mathematics and its application to everyday life. It begins with a fine example of its subject matter when Ellenberg describes how a mathematician, Abraham Wald, helped the US air force solve aContinue reading “Recommended Read: How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking – Jordan Ellenberg”

Words and What They Mean

Slowly the adverbs crept towards the unsuspecting paragraph. Its sentences were relaxed, at ease. They had fought off the last attack by the adverbs and their attempt to break up the solid paragraph’s defensive phalanx. A couple of sentences had been lost, but the paragraph’s words were experienced fighters in the editing wars. They hadContinue reading “Words and What They Mean”

Interesting Things 03/11/2017

A miscellany of links I found interesting recently: (As this is the first post in a (possible) new weekly series, there are quite a few of them this time.) On the idiocy of ‘banning’ one of the greatest books of the 20th Century. ‘What’s really ‘disturbing’ of course, are the implications of suppressing a masterpieceContinue reading “Interesting Things 03/11/2017”

The Big Laugh Theory

Still, you have to laugh, don’t you, even if it is only at the misfortunes of others. At least that way we get to feel some sort of distance from those very misfortunes. Almost as if the laughter is some charm or ritual that will prevent those same, or similar, things happening to us instead.Continue reading “The Big Laugh Theory”

Review: Bad Science – Ben Goldacre

[Non-fiction – Science 2008] There is the old cliché ‘some books will change your life’ – this book isn’t one of them. However, this book will change the way that you look at a very significant part of the world, specifically the ‘science’ stories in the media, and the claims made by those that inhabitContinue reading “Review: Bad Science – Ben Goldacre”

Review: In Defence of History – Richard J. Evans

[Non-fiction – History 1997] The dreary trite pseudo-‘insights’ of post-modernism reappear again; this time with their feeble attempts to turn history into just another ‘text’. However, as Evans so splendidly puts it in this, his robust defence of history: Auschwitz was not a discourse. It trivializes mass murder to see it as a text. TheContinue reading “Review: In Defence of History – Richard J. Evans”

Review: The Social Animal – W.G. Runciman

[Non-fiction – Sociology 1998] Sociology has not yet recovered from the lambasting it received during the late 70s and the 80s when it became obvious that most of its theoretical underpinnings, especially those most influenced by Marxist theory, were at odds with the very natures of the societies sociology itself exists to study. For aContinue reading “Review: The Social Animal – W.G. Runciman”

Review: Harvest of the Sixties – Patricia Waugh

  By the seventies it was evident too that economic divisions were not the only barriers to a common culture and that other distinctions of race, gender, ethnicity, age, and region would be articulated forcibly in the eighties, bringing with them the recognition that identity is not determined through labour alone. Such recognitions produced somethingContinue reading “Review: Harvest of the Sixties – Patricia Waugh”

Review: All in the Mind: A Farewell to God by Ludovic Kennedy

The notion explored in this often fascinating book by the famous broadcaster, Ludovic Kennedy, is that rather than the religious notion that man was created by god, rather it is god that was created by man. I must say – at the outset – that this is a view that I share and consequently IContinue reading “Review: All in the Mind: A Farewell to God by Ludovic Kennedy”

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