It is much harder to relate to the author’s obsession, which seems mostly driven by a some vague feeling of disappointment concerning life in general.
A cornucopia of charming mathematical anecdotes and facts
Entertaining and polemic book, although many of the author’s points hardly need to be argued.
In the US election system, geographic concentration puts democrats at a fundamental disadvantage.
The stone itself is just an excuse to tell wonderful stories.
The book resists the temptation to get lost in juicy stories, but focuses on the evolution of ideas.
Compelling story telling and enriching perspectives make it hard not to become fascinated by Udham Singh and his quest for revenge.
Conveys lively how science was considered an undertaking for daring adventurers.
Insightful perspective that highlights how few options political leaders actually have in responding to external threats.
Most intriguing where the described ‘globalization’ takes the for of trade – rather than old-fashioned conquest
Well narrated account of how Christian and Muslim scholars traveled the world in search of ancient knowledge and preserved it through diligent copying.
If only the book had appeared c. 1700 years earlier it would have been relevant, now it is just a source to tap into for an unhealthy dose of self righteous indignation.
A collection of juicy stories backed by interesting historical facts grounded in documented history and archeological finds.
A quite complete account of the life and death of one of the most fascinating figures of early computing.
Smart agent-based modelling perspective on global challenges around poverty and sustainability.
Due to the breadth of the topic, the compelling perspective disintegrates and it ends up as a long parade of interesting facts.
The perspective of the ‘mini ice age’ reduces to little more than including quotes by historical figures on the harsh winters when narrating the events of the time.
The book should be mainly read for the anecdotes on female astronauts and nerdy coast guards.
Next to revolution (in the spirit of Marx), the book claims there are just three other forces strong enough to achieve leveling: mass warfare, epidemics, and system collapse (the last of which is arguably overlaps with the others).
In choosing the personal perspective of the leader, makes the book prone to the narrative fallacy.