Reviews from 05/2017

The First Scientist

Book reviewed by Rob Mason on 24 May 2017

Carlo Rovelli uses the work of Anaximander to tell us what science is, and where it comes from. He goes on to explain that : ”the reliability of science is not based on the fact that its answers are certain. It is based on the fact that its answers are the best available ones. They are the best available ones because science is a way of thinking in which nothing is considered certain and therefore remains open to adopt better answers. If better ones become available.  In other words, science is the discovery that the secret of knowledge…Read

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Book reviewed by Rob Mason on 21 May 2017

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

When we talk about the Big Bang or the fabric of space, what we are doing is not a continuation of the free and fantastic stories which humans have told nightly around campfires for hundreds of thousands of years. It is the continuation of something else; of the gaze of those same men in the first light of day looking at tracks left by antelope in the dust of the savannah – scrutinizing and deducting from the details of reality in order to pursue something which we can&rsquo…Read