Currently Reading: Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads To Another By Philip Ball

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I found this book in the library back in 2006 and was fascinated by the title but I did not get much understanding so I purchased the paperback and am about 1/3 through. I am working on a book on mental models and have identified over 100 that I believe are relevant for study.

This book, Critical Mass:How One Thing Leads To Another, I hope will address how physics and its main concepts may be used in the areas of sociology, political science as well as economics to give me some examples to use in my notes and for my book. I may be reaching with this book, but even so, with the emphasis that the author puts on the history of every important scientist and philosopher since Newton, I should get a real history lesson the development of physics and the soft sciences.

I love this questions that the author presents from page 7 of the paperback:

“Underlying all of this is a more difficult question: Does physics simply help us to explain and understand, or can we use it to anticipate and thereby avoid problems, to improve our societies, to make a better and safer world? Or is that merely another dream destined for the overflowing graveyard of utopias past?”

We will see if the author truly answers these questions in a clear and concise manner.


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