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Parable of the Crazy Farmer

April 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” (Mark 4:13-20, NIV)

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The Perfect Theory by Pedro G. Ferreira

April 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Dr. Ferreira takes us through the 20th and early 21st century development of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, the perfect theory described in the title of the book.

Unlike other overviews of the latest thinking in astrophysics and related fields, this book highlights the controversies and arguments still present in this area of study.

I didn’t realize that String Theory was based on a particular approach to astrophysics, and not the only game in town. There are two basic approaches to interpreting the origins of the universe: the particle approach and the wave approach. It’s similar to the difference between seeing light as a photon and light as a series of waves.

If you would like to learn more about a particular theory of the origins of the universe, like M-Theory, then this is not the book for you. Look for something by Brian Greene instead.

But if you want to explore the messy reality that physicists just don’t know exactly what to do with the data they currently have observed, then pick up this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

April 16, 2014 Leave a comment

This story about a soldier who served in the Pacific during WWII is one of the most amazing, powerful true stories I’ve ever read.

It is as moving at times as Elie Wiesel’s Night.

I borrowed this book in audio format through Overdrive NYC, and I was hooked from the very first chapter.

I give this story my highest recommendation!

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