What Are People Reading?
We asked three guests to tell us what they are reading.
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Katy Bowman, M.S. Biomechanist (Sequim, WA)
is reading A NEW KIND OF SCIENCE by physicist Stephan Wolfram.
“It’s a wicked-huge book (over 1000 pages) that essentially presents Wolfram’s theory on Universal law. So far he’s stated that traditionally, scientists are boiling biological phenomenon into mathematical equations so outcomes can be predicted without needing to observe. Only, in order to make the math work, little details in outcomes are overlooked making many commonly accepted scientific conclusions incorrect. Simply, biological phenomenon is much more complex than any human can correctly calculate. He proposes that a computer CAN work out the details and the underlying equations are simple computer programs that can predict much more naturally complex outcomes than those found in science-based models.”
Catlin Blair Harvey, Sculpture & Jewelry Artist (Ventura, CA)
is reading HALF BROKE HORSES by Jeannette Walls
“I am reading this book because I loved her memoir, The Glass Castle, and because my mother recommended it (she recommended The Glass Castle as well and among many other things she’s one of my best sources for good reads). Half Broke Horses is an amazing story. I am completely engaged and captivated by its telling, even more so knowing that it is based on the real life experiences of the author’s grandmother. I love stories about the pioneering life, especially when they speak about real people, and this one delivers up a truly inspiring and no-nonsense heroine and the many interesting adventures that made up her life.”
Elizabeth Bowling, Co-Founder of PLACE (Projects Linking Art, Community & Environment), Attorney & Public Policy Advisor (Minneapolis, MN)
is reading THE SPIRIT LEVEL: WHY GREATER EQUALITY MAKES SOCIETIES STRONGER by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett
“I’ve been slowly reading this book, and rereading parts of it, over a year or so. In short, it illustrates through unusually rigorous data gathering and analysis that whether we know it or not, all people are better off living in societies with small income and wealth gaps between wealthiest and poorest. Even down to fairly low thresholds, it isn’t the absolute standard of living that matters most to the health, productivity, happiness, or longevity of people, but the differences among our individual standards of living in the same society.”
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