“An opinion is usually a prejudice with a few unrelated facts.”
“Getting the facts is only half the job; the other half is to use them intelligently.”
“Let’s keep our mouths shut and our pens dry until we know the facts.”
“A sure way to stop a red-hot argument is to lay a few cold facts on it.”
“Facts do not change; feelings do.”
I am really embarrassed that I had not seen that this was going to be on PBS, but I am so glad I am reading this book. I am a little under halfway through, and even though it is a quick read, the process of innovation floors me. I have not taken the time to truly understand what one discovery actually means in the scope of what occurs two centuries later. Philosophical question for each one of us: What have you done today that will have a lasting legacy on something or someone one hundred years from now? That to me is what this book is about!!!
Here is an interview with Steven Johnson that may be of interest to our readers.
I ran across these recently and thought there may be some of interest:
The Grapes Of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life Alex Bellos
This looks very interesting in that it explores various parts of mathematics but not in a numbing sort of way.
The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers About Danger and Death Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter
This book explores the dangers and risks that we take on everyday. I have purchased this and I will report on it in the future.
Infinitesimal: How A Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped The Modern World Amir Alexander
The author explores how the Jesuits attempted to control a mathematical theory and the founding of calculus.
Indonesia Etc: Exploring The Improbable Nation Elizabeth Pisani
I find Indonesia fascinating for some unknown reason in that with so many islands and seemingly different cultures, the appeal for me to understand it, even though I will most likely never go there, I want to know more about it. The above sentence is probably the most dangling thing I have ever read.
Malthus: The Life And Legacies Of An Untimely Prophet Robert J. Mayhew
I am interested in this man for the impact that he has had on our world with his thoughts on population growth and this book attempts to answer the misunderstandings that we have on his theories.
“A stiff neck usually supports an empty head.”
“Why is it we never experience growing pains in the head?”
“A cool head may sometimes keep a man out of trouble, but more often it’s cold feet.”
“It isn’t easy for an idea to squeeze itself into a head that is filled with prejudice.”
“It’s unfortunate that swelled heads aren’t painful.”
“It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow, that weigh a man down. For the needs of today we have corresponding strength given. For the morrow we are told to trust. It is not ours yet. It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear.”
Since I have so much to read I have finally gotten it in my head to begin inspectionally reading some of the books that are increasing the size of my pile. (almost to the ceiling by my reading chair at this point). I am planning on allowing one hour per book and then deciding if I want to read them analytically. Here they are in no particular order.
Floating City Sudhir Venkatesh
I have included a video for your viewing on this book. Like I said I haven’t read it nor have I looked at any reviews.
Plagues And Peoples William H. McNeil
Philosophy Of History G.W.F. Hegel
Micromotives And Macrobehavior Thomas C. Schelling
Singularity Rising James D. Miller
Hope Against Hope Sarah Carr
I am attempting to read books that cover a wide range of subjects such as education, technology, history and cities. I will be writing short reviews on these as I finish them. If any of readers have read these, I would appreciate any comments or thoughts on each one of these.
“The best way out of difficulty is through it.”
“Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
“Stopping at third base adds no more to the score than striking out.”
“Many a man has failed because he has a wishbone where his backbone ought to have been.”
“God often tries us with a little to see what we would do with a lot.”