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The Impossible Task,
This review is from: Impossibility: The Limits of Science and the Science of Limits (Paperback)
I was not enamoured of this book. John Barrow also wrote The Infinite Book which I think is more entertaining. This one covers some of the same ground (it's easy to tell where) but also a lorra inflation theory (interesting) to time travel (which still sounds to me like foolishness) to evolution, logic and networks. Barrow really tries to make the subject accessible and there is a clumsy attempt at probability theory (out of place as its the only math in the book and not done well) and a profusion of quotes by authors known and anonymous but sometimes so extended they appeared to have been inserted to bulk the book up. Worth buying? Not sure. I was expecting to be taken to the edge of the abyss but came away feeling Barrow couldn't quite get his vehicle there.