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The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex

by Murray Gell-Mann

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Atomic physics, evolution & conservation from the man who even Feynman thought was scarily smart.
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  mbmackay | Nov 29, 2015 |
Substance: Ruminations over a large number of scientific topics, with biographical notes.
Style: Interesting and accessible.
(use for research in writing projects)
p. 182 on propagating misunderstandings
p. 211: multi-verse bubbles.
p. 264: on creativity
p. 270: Contains the true story of the greatest physics exam question ever: how do you measure the height of a building with a barometer? (Although Gell-Mann's book was not published until 1994, I first heard the story in a college physics class in 1970.)
p. 283: explaining irrational beliefs
p. 296: how maladaptive schema survive
p. 322: on irrational behavior and assumptions
p. 324: blinders in economic theory
Unfortunately, this book does not seem to contain the story of "the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect", which is referenced in Michael Crichton's essay, "Why Speculate?"; however, I know I have read the original story in some book in my library. ( )
  librisissimo | Feb 17, 2012 |
I liked the first few chapters, but will have to come back to this one later.
  tlockney | Feb 5, 2012 |
Whilst the author is clearly a very bright spark, he can't hold my attention in this book. Horgan in 'The End of Science' tells us that his agent, Brockman claims that G-M "has five brains, each one smarter than yours". Such a shame that none of these five is a genuine author's brain! I doubt I'll ever get around to finishing it. ( )
  abraxalito | Aug 12, 2008 |
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Nel 1969 Gell-Mann vinse il premio Nobel per la fisica proprio grazie ai quark, "i mattoni del mondo", che furono da lui teorizzati, scoperti e battezzati in onore di un famoso passo di Joyce. Lo stesso Gell-Mann, in quest'opera, ci invita a passare "dal quark al giaguaro", cioè dalle leggi fondamentali della fisica alla complessità del mondo reale. Il sottotitolo sintetizza lo spirito e il contenuto del libro. Nella prima parte trovano posto varie "avventure" dell'autore: è quasi una piccola autobiografia scientifica. La seconda e la terza parte sono dedicate rispettivamente al"semplice" e al "complesso", cioè alle leggi fondamentali della fisica e ai sistemi biologici. L'ultima parte tira le fila del discorso.
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From one of the architects of the new science of simplicity and complexity comes an explanation of the connections between nature at its most basic level and natural selection, archaeology, linguistics, child development, computers, and other complex adaptive systems. Nobel laureate Murray Gell-Mann offers a uniquely personal and unifying vision of the relationship between the fundamental laws of physics and the complexity and diversity of the natural world.

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