CodingBobby | Reading Updates

Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe

on p. 92 / 196

Oh well... "I'm optimistic that if I were writing in five year's time, I would be able to report what the dark matter is.", wrote Sir Rees in 1999. Any idea yet?

The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

on p. 220 / 466

I have realised that evolution is not a special biological phenomenon, indeed nothing complex at all. It is just a logical and almost trivial chain of causation that is the direct consequence of the plain possibility that things are affected by physical laws. Dawkins beautifully explained it with the example of clay which is as lifeless as it gets.

The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

on p. 176 / 466

Wow. Achieving less than 0.3% error after copying data 20 billion times is unimaginably good. Natual selection made biology more advanced than any future technology could ever dream of becoming.

The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

on p. 107 / 466

What a well written and eye-opening book. Dawkins is so honest about his discovery of biomorphs that you can feel the joy and excitement he must have experienced.

The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

on p. 61 / 466

Funny how Dawkins destroys Bishop Montefiore's argument against natural selection by putting that very argument in other words. Also, I now love bats! The next thing I must get is a bat detector!

Thinking, Fast and Slow

on p. 163 / 499

Looks like people are worse in understanding percentages than absolute numbers. How come that the average makes more errors when being asked "what percentage of people are..." than when being asked "how many out of 100 people are..."? It is literally the exact same thing!

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

on p. 38 / 480

Dawkins is really giving the best possible examples: "If you started with a mutant child and made it pump iron as well […], you could probably end up with something more grotesque than Mr Universe."

Man Who Loved Only Numbers: Erdos

on p. 92 / 301

Oh dear, Pi is written wrong.

Blackout. Morgen ist es zu spät

on p. 323 / 800

Umwelt eine Ressource. Effizienz ein Gebet. Ordnung ihr Schrein und das Ego ihr Gott.

Big Bang: Der Ursprung des Kosmos und die Erfindung der modernen Naturwissenschaft

on p. 498 / 544

"What's north of the North Pole?"