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Deep Simplicity

October 8th, 2006 Comments off

Another book I read recently is Deep Simplicity by John Gribbin. Gribbin writes about complexity and chaos theory and does so in a manner that is easy to understand yet seems to cover many of the scientific complexities. He used a number of examples, both scientific theories over time as well as experimental (and natural) evidence for complexity theory. The crux of Gribbin’s examples deal with systems that are, in his words, “on the edge of chaos”. That is, systems that are not in equilibrium, rather systems that are at the edge of some dynamic instability and what kind of behavior can be expected from these systems. Ultimately, Gribbin is trying to illustrate many of the systems and processes that operate at a fundamental level in the universe. I found the entire topic to be thought provoking and may look for other books written by John Gribbin.

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What We Believe but Cannot Prove

September 25th, 2006 Comments off

I saw this book 4 months ago sitting on a shelf near the bestsellers at a bookstore in Burlingame and was intrigued by the title (umm yes, I judged the book by its cover). I didn’t act on my impulse then but recently bought the book, What We Believe but Cannot Prove: Today’s Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Certainty, through Amazon.com because I needed some airplane reading.

I have to say I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the book. It’s a compilation of scientists who answered the question on Edge.org. As you’d expect there are many who profess belief in life elsewhere in the Universe, many who don’t believe in God and other in a whole range of topics covering things from Consciousness (or lack thereof) to astronomy and cellular science. Most of the responses are provocative, never more than 2 to 3 pages in length though many are much shorter. I think it’s worth a look in case you’re in the mood for some science!

Links: Amazon.com, Edge.org

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