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Mel, bookseller at Harry Hartog Green Hills, is reading “This Idea Must Die,” a collection of mind-blowing science writing.
Bite-sized science is the best science! “This Idea Must Die” is a fascinating collection of thoughts from 175 brilliant minds, challenging scientific theories new and old. This book will have you questioning what we think we know about everything from Behaviourism and Free Will, to Spacetime and Scientific Morality. Lawrence Krauss offers his insights into the laws of physics and Melanie Swan explores the validity of the scientific method itself, sharing new ideas about our approach to hypothesis testing and experimental design.
This book is an essential read for anyone interested in new ideas and how we come to dismiss old ones. The brief essay format makes it easy to consume and perfect for the sporadic reader. This is my favourite book to pick up for a quick lesson in science and philosophy.
This is one of the seminal works of Australian Queer writing. A memoir of intense emotion, both positive and negative (and always beautiful), “Holding the Man” is the story Timothy Conigrave and his fifteen-year relationship with John, the captain of the AFL team. Starting with their meeting at all-boys Catholic school in the mid-seventies, Coingrave’s memoir captures the ups and downs of their relationship as it endures a host of obstacles from disapproval, homophobia, separation, and ultimately, death. Written with great insight, this memoir is never maudlin, instead painting an intensely personal picture of Tim and John’s lives, inviting the reader to experience their love and loss firsthand.
"The Left Hand of Darkness" is a classic of science fiction, bringing the reader into Ursula K. Le Guin’s famous ‘thought experiment’ style of narrative. The story takes place on the icy world of Winter, a planet rendered realistic and believable by Le Guin’s detailed and subtle descriptions, including the occasional mythological or origin stories. Enter into this isolated land a human envoy, Genly Ai, who represents a coalition of planets trying to connect Winter to the wider Universe. What occurs afterwards is a wonderful examination of culture and society, and how significantly it influences our habits and thoughts. This is particularly considered in terms of sex and gender, as Genly Ai struggles to understand the androgynous people of this new world, who are neither male or female. Central to the novel is the concept of duality, a challenge to our society’s tendency to divide and compartmentalise. Through "The Left Hand of Darkness," Le Guin encourages us to be comfortable with differences and to see how opposites often work together; “light, dark. Fear, courage. Cold, warmth. Female, male.” Overall, this book is fascinating, thought-provoking and multi-faceted, offering valuable insights into our lives today.