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Certainly a beginning and hopefully an end to pessimism!,
This review is from: The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform The World (Allen Lane Science) (Hardcover)
This was absolutely wonderful to read and it is a token to the reach and power of that humans have when they try to explain the world. I am recommending it to all my friends. It is such a powerful message, especially in regards to the distinction between static and dynamic societies and the category errors that we are all making in regards to trying to maintain stasis or be sustainable. The book is worth its money simply for the chapter on sustainability and the power (and reach) of the phrase "the only thing that is sustainable is progress"... I'll read it again very soon! And again and again until it sinks in and becomes second nature (or rather it should be first nature...)
Honestly this is a life-changing book. Even if you feel you know what science is and what it is about, this book really does show you the reach that knowledge can have in a way that is not simply blind optimism. It is a rational optimism which we will continue to develop and improve upon. Who knows where we will end up?