Humans have evolved and are constantly searching for answers to understand the world. During this research new intrigues arise, in which our senses cannot provide to see the universe as it is, leading us to a failure in our attempts of obtaining an answer, for that, we invented mathematics and science. These tools allow us to explain how the world really works.
The book is a collaboration between the authors widely recognized in the UK for the Radio 4 series, mathematician, Hannah Fry and geneticist, Adam Rutherford, in which they investigate everyday mysteries, opening a debate between both authors, from a point of view of science and mathematics approaching the issues with humor, making it interesting and fun to understand questions of time, space and the origin of the universe, broadening our perspective.
We are prompted to question ourselves, what information is necessary to change our opinion?, and why and how questions arise? questions such as does your dog love you or not? are addressed, in which Adam states that not from the scientific side, but Hannah, has no doubt that dogs are capable of loving. Questions such as: What will the end of the world be like and when will it happen? What is time and where does it come from? and others of greater scientific and mathematical rigor are also addressed.
The book, written with humor and wit, tells the story of science.
Omitting the boring parts but including a compilation of tales of blunders, mistakes and biases, accidents and some bad decisions that as a sum create human knowledge.
Adam Rutherford and Hannah Fry guide the reader through time and space, through our bodies and minds, showing how emotions shape our view of reality, how our minds can deceive us, the reason for evolution, and why we decided to start inquiring about the universe.
The authors ask questions that make us totally lose order in our heads and re-establish everything previously learned by questioning Where does time come from? Do we have free will? Does my dog really love me? This is explained in conjunction with memorable and amusing moments in science: for example, hypnotized snails, human-sized ants, and the average time it takes most animals to evacuate their bladders.
The Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything (Abridged): Adventures in Math and Science celebrates the weirdness and curiosities of the cosmos, humans, and madness in scientific discovery.
In the chapter Endless Possibilities, Jorge Luis Borges’ short story The Library of Babel is discussed, in which every word ever written, spoken, or thought was put to paper. In 2015, Jonathan Basile built the digital Library of Babel using an algorithm. This led Fry to wonder how do you find anything in this library of all knowledge? And how do you know what you read is true?
“All you’ll find in Basile’s library are random letters of incomprehensible nonsense… A library containing all possible knowledge might as well contain no knowledge at all.”
Anyway, all the ideas embodied in the book are based on science and mathematics, and were designed to put an end to myths and ideas formed without critical judgment and without sufficient evidence becoming very outdated, but, while still being fully accessible.
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