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Distracted Teacher

Shelves of classics organized by time periods and topics. I'll be working on reading and reviewing them with a one word/one sentence summary, book history, and topics to think about.

"We can easily represent things as we wish them to be."
Aesop's Fables - Complete Collection (Illustrated and Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection) - Aesop

Fable: The Lion and the Statue

"Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything."
Aesop's Fables - Complete Collection (Illustrated and Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection) - Aesop

Fable: The Peacock and Juno

"It is easy to be brave from a distance."
Aesop's Fables - Complete Collection (Illustrated and Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection) - Aesop

Fable: The Wolf and the Kid

"We often despise what is most useful to us."
Aesop's Fables - Complete Collection (Illustrated and Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection) - Aesop

Fable: The Hart and the Hunter

"Better no rule than cruel rule."
Aesop's Fables - Complete Collection (Illustrated and Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection) - Aesop

Fable: The Frogs Desiring a King

"Clumsy jesting is no joke. "
Aesop's Fables - Complete Collection (Illustrated and Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection) - Aesop

Fable of the Ass and the Lapdog

"Little friends may prove great friends."
Aesop's Fables - Complete Collection (Illustrated and Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection) - Aesop

The fable of the Lion and the Mouse.

Aesop's Fables - Complete Collection (Illustrated and Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection) - Aesop
"Any excuse will serve a tyrant."

Status Update: New Book

Aesop's Fables - Complete Collection (Illustrated and Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection) - Aesop

I'm still reading Chaos, but because the book is falling apart it's hard to carry it anywhere. As a result, I started reading Aesop's Fables as a quick read. They really are wonderful! It's amazing how many of these lessons still apply to life today which is so different from life when they were written.

Chaos: Making a New Science - James Gleick
"Analyzing the behavior of a nonlinear equation is like walking down a maze whose walls rearrange themselves with each step you take. "
Chaos: Making a New Science - James Gleick
"I realized that any physical system that behaved nonperiodically would be unpredictable. "
"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny..."
Chaos: Making a New Science - James Gleick

Isaac Asimov

 

 

So it was with Edward Lorenz and the butterfly effect.

"The simplest systems are now seen to create extraordinarily difficult problems of predictability."
Chaos: Making a New Science - James Gleick

Chaos by James Gleick

"Above all, in a universe ruled by entropy, drawing inexorably toward greater and greater disorder, how does order arise?

(ME: One of my favorite topics in science!)"
Chaos: Making a New Science - James Gleick

Chaos by James Gleick

"Relativity eliminated the Newtonian illusion of absolute space and time; quantum theory eliminated the Newtonian dream of a controllable measurement process; and chaos eliminates the Laplacian fantasy of deterministic probability.

(ME: Why aren't we teaching relativity, quarks, and chaos in schools then?)"
Chaos: Making a New Science - James Gleick

Chaos by James Gleick

Progress Update: Starting Next Book

Chaos: Making a New Science - James Gleick

Well, I've picked my next book off my Great Works planning-to-read shelf. I give you: Chaos - Making a New Science by James Gleick

 

Not gonna lie, I chose this book because when I showed my dad my shelf he quickly pointed out Chaos was really good. He then showed me his old copy. It's clear this book has been loved to death. I don't think a single page is still stuck to the binding. But they're all in order and carefully stacked. My dad's not the kind of person to write in a book, but if he was I can guarantee this book would be covered in notes. I can't wait to read a book that my dad loves so much!