The apparent premise of this book, judging from the title and publishers blurb, is that non-European cultures discovered much of the underpinnings of modern science and technology and haven't gotten due credit for it. Mr. Teresi makes a valiant effort to unearth those advances and give due credit. Ultimately though, Mr. Terisi's efforts fall well short of the stated intent. Most of the examples given are based on tenuous parallels with modern scientific theories, theories that may or may not stand the test of time. The book is evidently based on very thorough research and is chock full of references to ancient oriental, pre-Columbian, Egyptian, Indian and middle eastern sources. I came away from the book with the understanding that, aside from Indian mathematics, non-European cultures have contributed very little to modern science and technology. The authors attempts to draw similarities between scientific theories and ancient texts are coincidental at best and spurious and worst. In the last century, Mr. Terisi was involved in debunking claims of an advanced civilization in ancient Africa. This book is an apparent mea-culpa for that transgression of his pan-cultural sensibilities. His romantic sincerity shines through, victimizing intellectual rigor and the whole point of the book.
Best SF book I've read in a long time. It is original yet familiar, predictable but riveting and oh so satisfying. Bennett has clearly read all the masters from the golden age of science fiction to the present. He has learned their lessons well.
The narration is light years ahead of the first book. Audible and the author would sell many more Koban books if Eric narrated book 1. Maybe a do-over is in order. The first book's narration is so badly off-putting that many people give up on it. I thought about chucking it in several times until the story grabbed me by the neck. It's terrible that many miss out on this book because of the first book's whacked out narration.
It is difficult to believe that the creator of this masterful epic spent decades in the soul rending competency and creativity desert known as the Federal Aviation Authority. I lament the loss of that body of literature the world lost while Mr. Bennett was not spinning yarns. Thank goodness he's writing now! Where is book 3 Audible???
Anathem is a great listen. It's not perfect but is fun and stimulating. There are some themes that come from the current state of scientific thinking, you will recognize them. This is the "seven in one blow" story with deep thematic underpinnings. If you have no interest in science, history or philosophy, pass this up.
I'm not an expert in Economics but I know self serving BS when I hear it. The author may be correct in some of his assertions, but the obvious aggrandizing fantasy episodes in the book kill any credibility he has. I think he was reading Ian Fleming novels while assigned to boring accounting jobs and has gotten them mashed up in his head. His "confessions" are boasts and his self flagellation is both insincere and cloying. This book has some limited entertainment value and some usefuleness when baiting folks with political agendas. As a credible source of knowledge, it's useless.
My neo-cortex predicts that if you are attracted enough to this title to read the reviews, you will enjoy the Audiobook. Both content and rendering are first rate.
Well worth the time. Near term international alternative future action adventure novel that won't make you groan with cultural mistakes and unlikelyhoods. The reader is engaging and makes the effort to keep the book moving. You will look forward to your commute when you have this book on the radio. Needs a sequel.
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