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Science, Fiction, and points in between
Monday 15 May 2000
From the May 14 Washington Post Book World:
- Charles Platt's guide to the web.
- James Trefil's review of David Berlinski's The Advent of the Algorithm (Harcourt), which begins with an engineer/physicist/mathematician joke.
Most people are surprised to learn that most of the great truths of science are provisional, always subject to modification or falsification by the next experiment. It also comes a surprise to learn that most of these truths were first discovered by intuition and flashes of insight, rather than by logic. A scientist often knows that something is true long before he or she can prove it.
- And Michael Dirda writes about running out of time to read the world's great masterpieces (not to mention such recent ''wonderful fiction and nonfiction'' as Gene Wolfe's Long Sun series) and the habits of reading as we grow older.
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