Nice collection of anecdotes which struggles to become more than just that.
The great thing about this book is the emphasis on HOW we know what we know about objects that are light years far away that are to our eyes not more than a dot in the sky.
Margriet van der Heijden – Denken is verrukkelijk (“Thinking is delicious”; in Dutch)
Thorough biography of Paul Ehrenfest and Tatiana Afanassjewa.
Impressive and heart-warming life story
The practical and relevant examples (health effect of smoking, impact of humanity on climate change) of causal inference alone make the book worthwhile.
Great exercise in spotting biases, and understanding how these manifest themselves in how the world around us is shaped.
The detailed synopsis of (what seems like) every book, play, or movie that ever mentioned rabies gets boring pretty fast.
Unfortunately, the book does not explicitly challenge if humans are adequate judges in the Turing test.
A cornucopia of charming mathematical anecdotes and facts
The purposeful one-sided rant makes the book lose all credibility, in particular since the arguments can easily be reversed – especially in the wake of Trump’s desperate challenge the US election outcome.
A highly entertaining fictionalized history of landmark scientific breakthroughs.
Filled with highly interesting statistics about the evolution of public perception on ethical issues.
Conveys lively how science was considered an undertaking for daring adventurers.
Well narrated account of how Christian and Muslim scholars traveled the world in search of ancient knowledge and preserved it through diligent copying.
A quite complete account of the life and death of one of the most fascinating figures of early computing.
Skillfully composed , mind-blowing narrative at different scales.
The book clearly illustrates that climate change is the prisoner’s dilemma ‘par excellence’
The author stresses that following negative results of experiments, theories are typically watered-down just to the extent that they are untestable – reminiscent of Bruno Latour’s “social constructionof scientific facts”