Sitzbook: A Forgotten Book

I guess I’m surprised that this didn’t happen earlier in my Sitzbook project, but I apparently forgot I’d read a book. I suppose that happens if you read a book a week for about three years.

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Anyhow, back in May I read a book called Life, The Universe, and Everything by Andy Fletcher. My student Pablo loaned it to me and I read it really quickly since I wanted to be sure to return it to him promptly, but I also promptly forgot it, since I apparently didn’t put it on my Sitzbook list.

So, I added it at number 14, replacing Popmusik Från Vittula, a book that I started and just couldn’t get into, and which I intended to finish by the end of the year. I suppose I still could finish it, but may not. We’ll see.

The book by Fletcher was OK, although it kind of blended together with a few other “religiousy” books I’d been reading at that point. I did write down these two quotes, though:

From last page:
“If a quantum tree falls in a quantum forest, it neither does nor does not make a sound unless there is someone there to hear it.”

Quote from Einstein, p. 198-199:
“Science can only be created by those who are thoroughly imbued with the aspiration toward truth and understanding. The source of feeling, however, springs from the sphere of religion. To this there also belongs the faith in the possibility that the regulations valid for the world of existence are rational, that is, comprehensible to reason. I cannot conceive of a genuine scientist without that profound faith. The situation may be expressed by an image:
Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.”

So, that’s it for now, but I’ve got more reviews coming up! Thanks for reading!

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