|I cannot live without books. -Thomas Jefferson||Reading Lists|
|There exists in human nature a strong propensity to depreciate the advantages, and to magnify the evils, of the present times. -Edward Gibbon||Quotes|
Book Book Review, Title What Is Life?, Author Erwin Schrödinger, Rating 4.5,
What Is Life?
I recently re-read portions Erwin Schroedinger's amazing little book What is Life?, which was a post-war stimulus for a number of physicists to switch from physics to biology and look hard for a physical understanding of living organisms.
Book Briefly Noted, Title Flora of the Pacific Northwest, Author C. Leo Hitchcock, Arthur Cronquist, Rating 4.0,
Flora of the Pacific Northwest
C. Leo Hitchcock, Arthur Cronquist
Flora of the Pacific Northwest is an excellent dichotomous key of indigenous regional flora. It served as one of my texts for a college class in Systematic Botany, which I feared would be deathly dull, and so proved the lectures, but the laboratory unexpectedly turned out to be a rewarding journey exploring the world without and the world within.
Book Book Review, Title The Origins of Modern Science, Author Herbert Butterfield, Rating 4.0,
The Origins of Modern Science
Herbert Butterfield, in his book The Origins of Modern Science, tells the story of the development of modern science by focusing on the ideational changes in what is now referred to as science from the late Middle Ages until the advent of the French Revolution, with primary emphasis on the development of the modern understanding of motion. This is a brilliant choice, as it was the development of a robust physical and mathematical model of motion that allowed Newton to unite terrestrial and astronomical physics into a universal set of physical laws describing mechanics.
Doctor Moriarty, that is physicist Phil Moriarty, holds forth on the various ways of misapplying quantum mechanics, to philosophy, religion, and just about anything but the world of the atom for which it was constructed.Â He is charmingly cranky about such "Woo".
. . . from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.