Topiary Reading Club Vol. VI
This installment of Reading Club reads between the lines of the world as we know it — in all of its fickle magnificence.
Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan
Reading a book written by an astronomer who safely flew out of Earth and went back is an incredible new perspective. The Pale Blue Dot was based on a photograph taken by Carl Sagan himself; it shows the limitless Space, rays beaming from the sun, and a small "pale blue dot" which is our home, Earth. The photo captures the small insignificance of our home planet, despite the complexity of humanity as we know it to be. His insights allow you to ponder about our existence and the nature of this world--perhaps even its fickleness. Throughout the book, Sagan delves into other planets, space exploration, and related questions regarding it. It will truly feed your curiosities about what is here and beyond our planet.
The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
String theory and the possibility of a multiverse. String theory is honestly such a mind-boggling concept, but Brian Greene seamlessly bridges the gap between relativity, quantum physics, and gravitation. The concepts from Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity and General Theory of Relativity to Quantum Mechanics is packaged to be easily comprehended by an audience who has little knowledge on such matters. It's important to try and learn the secrets of the universe, no matter how challenging it may be. We exist in it after all.
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
Yuval Noah Harari has succeeded once again with his eye-opening take on society and the "end of history". With the increasing advancement of humanity and our mastery of the world around us, Homo Deus explores the implications that stem from the data-driven society that is growing at a rapid pace. The "uncoupling" of intelligence and consciousness that Harari expounds on is based on the idea that we are no longer in control of our wants as consumers, friends, workers, and more; rather, that we have intertwined ourselves in a system of existence that no longer considers what we have always known as human nature.