25th May – The Great Mortality

What better time to read a book on the Black Death than during the Covid Pandemic? Once you’ve read this wonderful book by John Kelly, you’ll be glad you didn’t live in the period 1347 – 1450 when the population of Europe probably halved as did China’s during a similar period. Florence in Italy hadContinue reading “25th May – The Great Mortality”

7th May – Pandemic – Covid-19 Shakes the World

The first book of Slavoj Zizek’s I’ve read and it won’t be the last. This is a very thought-provoking, funny, and accurate book, recommended for all and don’t be put off by the headline that this man is the most dangerous philosopher in the west. An example of what Zizek writes:In the last couple ofContinue reading “7th May – Pandemic – Covid-19 Shakes the World”

16th April – Finntopia

Finland was until very recently poor and had been historically a country of extreme poverty for centuries. It is quite remarkable to see what a people and their politicians have achieved by caring for each other and being clever. Finland ranks at or near the top in air quality, education, happiness, honest government, opportunities forContinue reading “16th April – Finntopia”

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”

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”