Appearing to Study Particle Physics

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This is a brilliantly written introduction to Quantum Mechanics for the inexperienced reader, giving an engaging recap of the histories which lead to the development of the Copenhagen Interpretation and its implications.  A must-read for anybody who has cowered from studying physics!
Feeling compelled to publish a follow-up or sequel to his bestseller, In Search of Schrodinger's Cat, the author followed up his captivatingly readable introduction with this recap of scientific research which pursued the controversies surrounding Einstein's attempts to debunk the theories he himself had helped develop.  This is where I discovered a passing reference to the Pickering book shown below.

This is the book that I was reading while I wrote the "De-Constructing Quarks" segment of this book.  As you would expect from my contemptuous reaction, I did not actually finish reading it.

Coincidentally, an interesting critique of this book (along with a couple of other authors who approach scientific sociology in a similar fashion) is also named "Deconstructing Quarks."

This tiny little book is the only thing that Wittgenstein published during his lifetime.  However, he spent the entire rest of his career being its loudest critic. When he published it, he was heard to say, "I know that nobody will understand this book until well after I am dead and gone." written in a tightly disciplined outline format, it was an attempt to build a logical system for using everyday language. Shortly after its publication, he found himself arguing with the Logical Positivists who claimed it as their manifesto.  

Bertrand Russell wrote a rather famous introduction to it, which prefaces the text in this edition.

Written in a easy narrative style, this novel became an instant classic and provided me with one of the most transfiguring scenes in my "Against Conspiracy Theorists" story.  I feel compelled to answer critics of this book who complain that it is sexist because all the women in it happen to be prostitutes.  It is also true that all the men in it happen to be soldiers, but that is only a reality of war.  The fact that all the women in the story are prostitutes is also a reality of war--soldiers are often virile young men who are separated from their families for an extended period of time, and consequently separated from their source of sexual recreation.  The only alternative (in order to preserve the fidelity of relationships back home) is to spend time only with prostitutes.  This is true in every war.

I wasn't all that impressed by this book, and really only read it halfway through.  But it did spark my interest in the political situation surrounding the death of Rene Descartes and his philosophy's reception in France.

Here is a very detailed history of Descartes' philosophy and its effect on the politics of France.

This anthology includes the essay, "Meditations in a Toolshed," which gave me one of the strongest visual metaphors in the "Inappropriate Pictures on Hospital Walls" section.


This is a little compilation of articles, essays, and blogs about the current state of the media journalism market and its possible futures.

This is one of those tell-all books that really doesn't surprise you-it just leaves you wondering to yourself why you're more offended with the author than with his material.

Considered the greatest novelist of nineteenth-century Russia, this journalist has provided us with some of the most stirring novels in the history of literature.  Notes from the Underground provided me with the image of Truth portrayed in the narrative segments of "The Behemoth Saga," which will be included in the Appendices of my book.

Much more comprehensive than a study of Dostoevsky's literary style, this analysis comprises a history of literary theory, and contains a healthy summary of his theory of Carnivalism.  Despite being unknown in the West until the 1970's, he is hailed as one of the most brilliant historians and theorists in Literature.

My studies of his work gave me a insights into a delightful comparison between his perspectives on literature and the studies of the Public Sphere.

I found Emerson's writings to be obtrusively expressive, but I could not escape the fact that the philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson needed to figure very heavily in my portrayal of Tanscendentalism.  I did read Nature, The American Scholar, The Transcendentalist, and The Divinity School Address, as well as Henry Ware's scathing sermon, The Personality of the Deity.

Here is where the most popular answer to the question of Life, the Universe, and Everything, is 42.  The trick was to know the right question, which wasn't revealed until the second book of the trilogy, and to understand the question, which was lost on us in the third book and even the fourth book of what became a quadrilogy.

Yes, they wrote a book based on the album!  I read it quickly, and while it's penned by a famous Sci-Fi author, I wasn't all that impressed by it.  I suspected from the album's sound (which is new and vibrant and yet unmistakably Rush) that it should be pretty much a retelling of Voltaire's Candide, but styled as a steampunk allegory.  It was.