18 April 2007

Disparate Worlds

I read A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah today at work. I am kind of glad i read it at work otherwise i would have been crying terribly throughout. It is such a heart-wrenching story. The young man who wrote it is my younger brother's age and he becomes a soldier at the age of 13. He does some terrible things after witnessing some horrible atrocities. He looses his entire family slowly in the course of the war. His story is so shocking and sad.

The other one i read was Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandries by Neil DeGrasse Tyson who is an astrophysicist. Some interesting stuff about the universe and, well, astrophysics. Coming at this one from a decent if not great science background (I read The Elegant Universe and was SO CLOSE to understanding it and am a huge Discovery and Science Channel junkie) i understood almost all of it. It started as a series of essays but did translate well to the book format. even got a quote
I don't want students who could make the next major breakthrough in renewable energy sources or space travel to have been taught that anything they don't understand, and that nobody yet understands, is divinely constructed and therefore beyond their intellectual capacity.


currently:watching mythbusters

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