August 26, 2008
Update at the bottom of the post.
I am really late, but I still think it is worth it. You see, a commenter, apparently from MIT’s lab of nuclear science named Ben Monreal (that is what it says on the web page) reviewed that book I mentioned. That book is “Our Undiscovered Universe,” and it seems to be the work of just a crank physicist trying to make things up. Well, this guy makes this really long review of how he got everything wrong. That is right, Terrence Witt couldn’t get almost anything right. It is too long to go into full details in here, but basically, he makes stuffs up. Here is the link. And his conclusion is written below. Read the rest of this entry »
August 26, 2008
I found a serious of cool math videos about cool geometry and topology stuffs (thanks to A Blog Around the Clock). Also, it has stuffs about the fourth dimension, ooohh… mysterious. Well, the fourth dimension is actually only in our minds, an abstraction. It exists mathematically, but we don’t know if it exists in the real world. And no, space and time doesn’t count because we are talking of spatial dimension. All we can know about an nth dimension above. Another one I found really cool is the imaginary number, and that one is surprising. I never realized the beautiful kind of things that could be created with them. Here is the link to the webpage of the video, and I posted a video myself on this blog. (Darn! How do I eliminate the sidebar?!) Anyways, whoever made this made a heck of a job and I congratulate them! One of the most awesome math videos ever.
August 26, 2008
Yes! I read all of House of the Spirits, and did the essay and all. And no! School started today! Onto my comment of the book.
As I said in the previous post, this book is good AND does not bore me. Anyways, as things progresses to the last few chapters, things get serious. Remember the thing I talked about in which a Latin American country has this oppressive government, and it is replace by a coup with a worse one? Things go along that flow. The difference is that the new liberal government is for the better, while the conservatives who used to have power are trying to get rid of it, and ends up with that coup. Reading the torture scenes was intense, and it is a major change of mood from the funny to the serious. Not that there weren’t serious parts before, but the last few chapters are more serious.
As for Esteban, I changed my mind about me not liking him. I still think he is a jerk, but his tantrums are pure comedy. Also, he sees commies everywhere, to the point that even his own party thinks that he lost his mind. In the end, he changes into a less temperamental, nicer guy, and regains the few relations he had had before back, actually, he never had any except three or four people. He still retained his tantrums, which occurs less frequently.
In the end, it turns out that the narrations are the result of the remaining family members writing this book so that other people know about the atrocities commited.