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The Fountains Of Paradise (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by Arthur C. Clarke
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The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke

Even though I am a fairly frequent reader of Science Fiction since my teens (I could not get enough of Asimov's Foundations at the time), I had never read anything by Clarke until I got the Fountains of Paradise for my Kindle. I could not really explain why, but I was under the impression that his main book was 2001. Having watched and loved the Kubrick movie, I just could not see myself reading the book. Probably counting against him were the many books he co-authored, which just does not seem right to me (for no good reason in all honesty).

My perspective changed after listening to a class about fantastic and science… Read more
Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutio&hellip by Elinor Ostrom
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I am surprised that there's little review activity going on for this book, even though the author has won the "fake nobel" prize (i.e. the "price in memory of alfred nobel" for economy). Regardless of what one thinks about the fake nobel, the author is certainly someone whose achievements deserve recognition. This book is a pedagogical summary of the important work that she's done in relation to "Common Pool Resources".

It is written in an accurate and scientific style that never falls into the jargon trap. This gives a vivid impression of the author as someone open minded and keeping her thinking clear and focused on the facts.

After an introduction on her intentions… Read more
The Atoms Of Language: The Mind's Hidden Rules of &hellip by Baker
he Atoms of Language by Mark Baker

One way of looking at this book is that it deals with what Mr. Baker calls the "Navajo Code Talker" paradox (that's basically the author's engaging way of introducing his subject): languages on this planet are very much alike (within limits, any human can learn any language) but also very different. The best example of this is the use of the "Navajo Code Talkers" during WWII: those american citizens were enrolled to translate important messages into their own language (Navajo) for communication on the battle front. The expectation was that Navajo being a hard language, Japanese code breakers would find it difficult to "decrypt" the messages. It… Read more