Book Feedback

Because Kay asked.

Pratchett’s Thud! Was everything you expect from a Pratchett novel.
Humour, warm humanism and some deep-cut wisdom are the hallmarks of his Discworld works and this one delivered. It’s the kind of book I pick up with delicious expectation, and put down only reluctantly, although I admit I do try to stretch such novels out, as just opening them gives me the warm and fuzzies.

Capra’s The Tao of Physics was, on the whole, a very worthwhile read for me.
He’s talking my language when he discusses modern physics (but the level is not too graduate-it’s very accessible) and also when he’s talking mysticism.
I have no idea why I didn’t read this book 30 years ago. It’s a watershed work.

Hawking’s God Created the Integers is a tome which should be approached with caution.
If you aren’t totally infatuated with mathematics, don’t bother to even try to read it.
Most of the work consists of original oeuvres by the great mathematicians of our civilisation. Heavy going, even for me. The works are interspersed with brief biographies of the authors, which can be quite interesting.
I had no idea Alan Turing was gay, for example.

Lastly, I’m half way through Wilber’s Integral Psychology, first published in 2000.
I’m by no means a Ken Groupie, but I’m fond of his ideas.
Along with everyone else who sees some merit in his levels (or Graves’ Spiral Dynamics) I’m convinced that I’m at second-tier thinking.
Of course I am.


5 responses to “Book Feedback

  1. Alan Turing was indeed gay and despite all his good work was persecuted by a society that insisted on him undergoing hormone treatment and revoked all his security rights.He was born in a small maternity home in Maida Vale London which is now an hotel. There is a blue plaque honouring his birth on the hotel wall. It is right opposite my son’s flat and every time I visit I pray to the Goddess that such things may never happen again.Paul


  2. aquilaIt is a hotel now – it was a maternity hospital when Alan was born there – went the way of all small friendly medical establishments and was subsumed into a large faceless hospital.LovePaul


  3. I’m sure it was a maternity hospital.But it’s the position halfway up the wall I’m worried about.It seems Tolkein was born similarly halfway up a wall in the Standard Bank in Bloemfontein.Love,Terri


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