Book Review: “The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity”

Book Review: “The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity”

When I saw the release of the first batch of The Joy of x in bookstores a few years ago, I wanted to get the book immediately. Prior to that, I had enjoyed Strogatz’s 2003 bestseller Sync: How Order Emerges From Chaos In the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life, based on his highly influential research on synchronized networks and the first in a series of books which subsequently cemented his reputation as one of the most popular mathematics writers of recent years.

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Book Review: “Thinking, Fast and Slow”

Book Review: “Thinking, Fast and Slow”

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman is a popular psychology book on decision making that walks the fine line between pop science chock-full of theories, and empirical findings from psychology experiments. Usually circulating only among academics and a niche group of unusually curious folks with an appetite for journal articles, many results from these psychology experiments do not make their way to the masses. This is unfortunate since everyone from entry-level executives to CEOs in the corporate world, for example, make decisions every day that are prone to biases.

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Science Fiction in the Art of Storytelling

Science Fiction in the Art of Storytelling

There is a reason why the word ‘science’ appears in the term ‘science fiction’ (SF). Science plays a role at multiple levels of writing, from the story’s conception to the process of streamlining the plot. In this article we will explore how science is embedded in narrative structures, and conversely, how narrative structures can be used in science.

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Dr. Butterfingers

Dr. Butterfingers

by Dr Sylvia Hsu-Chen Yip So I was quite the butterfingers scientist. There was one memorable conversation that I had with my professor: “So, Sylvia……

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Book Review: “This Will Change Everything: Ideas That Will Shape the Future”

Book Review: “This Will Change Everything: Ideas That Will Shape the Future”

This Will Change Everything is a compilation of responses to the 2009 Edge question, “What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you live to see?” As one might expect, the responses more or less converged on a few common themes: climate change, biological engineering, nuclear war, ubiquitous computing, etc. But there were also a few more peripheral predictions: the discovery of a proof for the Riemann Hypothesis, the commercialisation of neurocosmetics, the evolution of masculine subjectivity, and the perfection of lie detectors, just to name a few.

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