Online Story Find: Murphy

This is a rather quirky story which really made me ponder and wonder, even though the context seems a bit artificial. It reminded me a little of several books which have a psychologically different protagonist, and the challenges of communication and understanding in such a setting, where the perpectives are so alien to each other. […]

Online Story Find: Stella Nova

One I liked better is shared online: Stella Nova, around Tycho Brahe and Keppler. Of course as a trained physicist with a huge soft spot for science, this is a great topic (incidentally a book has been written this year by a famous french writer which fictionalizes those same characters, I wonder if he read […]

That darned platonism

Something I have had long discussions about, with several close friends who tend to be on the other side of the argument. Seems the topic is warm again! are new mathematical truths discovered or invented? http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/31392/title/Still_debating_with_Plato If anyone cares I’m squarely on the invented side of the argument. I don’t buy the concept of absolute […]

Wheeler

We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance. John Wheeler died yesterday – I nearly got tears in my eyes reading this tribute: http://cosmicvariance.com/2008/04/13/goodbye/ I’m sadder than I can quite understand about this. Partly because of the tribute, and […]

Recent Reads, Sept 2003

David Brin, Kiln People (Tor 1/02) The job of a private investigator has new twists in this future where disposable duplicate bodies make it possible to be literally in two places at one time. A richly complex hard-boiled, hard-SF mystery. Rhapsody – Elizabeth Haydon. Regularly recommended to me so when i saw it cheap… And […]