27th March – The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen

This book gives the real science behind the weird behaviour of the atoms and energy that make up we humans and the universe. There’s some difficult passages to read, mostly when the authors refer to winding clocks backwards and forwards, but in general I believe this book is pitched at a level where the majorityContinue reading “27th March – The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen”

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”

19th February – Pythagoras

The book Pythagoras – His Lives and the Legacy of a Rational Universe by Kitty Ferguson is far more than a biography of Pythagoras and his followers. This book traces the influence that Pythagoras has had on important thinkers throughout the last 2,500 years ranging from Plato to Bertrand Russell via Copernicus and Kepler. FromContinue reading “19th February – Pythagoras”

16th February – Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

Some points that resonated after my reading of this book today: 1 – Casualness has become increasingly popular, because people think in terms of efficiency rather than appreciation. 2 – In some religious traditions, sense perceptions are regarded as problematic, because they arouse worldly desires. However, in the Shambhala tradition, which is a secular traditionContinue reading “16th February – Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior”

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”

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”

7th February – God’s Fury England’s Fire

I just finished reading this authoritative history of the English Civil Wars in the 1640s A new history of the civil wars in England in the 1640s and 1650s outlining battles, diseases, religious fervour, and radical politics involving the New Model Army, Levellers, petitioners, pamphleteers, and Charles I. This book goes into great detail aboutContinue reading “7th February – God’s Fury England’s Fire”

Office Life – Excerpt 3

An excerpt from a book on life in an English office As Wood finished his cigarette he noticed a programmer called Phil Bracewell coming towards him. Bracewell had scruffy, brown hair, a wispy moustache, and glasses that magnified the hazel pupils of his eyes. “Eh Phil, I hope you’re not coming over to fart nearContinue reading “Office Life – Excerpt 3”

Office Life – Excerpt 2

Another excerpt from a book on life in an English office “I can only speak about the hair on her head,” replied Tranfield,”but it does look like the colour of shoe polish doesn’t it?” “God, Martian, who taught you to program, Aristotle?” “Harry who?” “Aristotle the ancient Greek philosopher, you dimwit, this code is soContinue reading “Office Life – Excerpt 2”