30th March – The Metaphysical World of Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton invented calculus, discovered the binomial theorem, explained the rainbow, created a reflecting telescope and explained gravity. He was Master of the Royal Mint and oversaw the updating of the English coinage. He was an MP. Most of these items should be known to most people. What is less well-known is that he spentContinue reading “30th March – The Metaphysical World of Isaac Newton”

14th March – Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe is a classic story by Daniel Defoe inspired by the experience of Alexander Selkirk marooned for 4 years and 4 months on the largest of the Juan Fernandez Islands 400 miles off Valparaiso, Chile. This is a story that builds up slowly and becomes more and more readable as the time passes. ItContinue reading “14th March – Robinson Crusoe”

12th March – The Left Hand of Darkness

I finished The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guen. Genly Ai, a lone human ambassador is sent to the icebound planet of Winter, a world without sexual prejudice where gender is fluid. His goal is to facilitate Winter’s inclusion into a intergalactic federation called Ekumen. Winter is also referred to as Gethen.Continue reading “12th March – The Left Hand of Darkness”

9th March – The Metaphysical World of Isaac Newton: Alchemy, Prophecy, and the Search for Lost Knowledge

This is a book I’m reading at the moment and it is fascinating because I had no idea that this famous scientist spent so much time becoming an expert on the biblical texts. Isaac Newton was a heretic, he was a follower of the Arianism heresy which holds that the Son of God was createdContinue reading “9th March – The Metaphysical World of Isaac Newton: Alchemy, Prophecy, and the Search for Lost Knowledge”

28th February – The Fastidious Assassins – Albert Camus

This is a critique of Communism and how it had gone wrong behind the Iron Curtain. This essay examines the evolutions in France and Russia and argues that since they both produced tyranny and corruption, hope for the future lies only in revolt without revolution. In order to exist, man must rebel but rebellion mustContinue reading “28th February – The Fastidious Assassins – Albert Camus”

27th February – Newton by Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd demonstrates the unique brilliance of Isaac Newton’s perceptions, which changed the understanding of the world. Having read this book, I’m startled by how much Isaac Newton was able to do during his life not only in science, but as an MP, as the Master of the Royal Mint overseeing the re-coinage of England,Continue reading “27th February – Newton by Peter Ackroyd”

20th February – Shambhala

I am reading Shambhala : The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa. In the chapter on Authentic Presence are written the following words. The way of exercising inscrutability is that you don’t spell out the truth. You imply the truth, with wakeful delight in your accomplishment. What is wrong with spelling out theContinue reading “20th February – Shambhala”

15th February – John Steinbeck

Well-written satire that is still as funny today as it was when it was published. I believe this is Steinbeck’s only satirical novel and although it does poke fun at French politics, there’s more to it than that. The book, a fabrication in case you weren’t sure, is about Pippin Héristal, an amateur astronomer whoContinue reading “15th February – John Steinbeck”

14th February – The Book of Taliesin

This is a history book as well as a book of poetry. Firstly, there are 60 pages of introduction. I advise you to read this introduction as it sets the scene for both the history and the poetry. There are 6 pages of notes for the introduction. The book is in English and has beenContinue reading “14th February – The Book of Taliesin”

9th February – The Origins of Creativity

This is a fine book by the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning naturalist Edward O Wilson. This book is about the relationship between the humanities and the sciences and their roots in human creativity and what it means to be human. When did humans start being creative, well the answer is a lot longer ago thanContinue reading “9th February – The Origins of Creativity”