07 May, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (112)

Wow, it's been a long time since I posted for Teaser Tuesday. Between recovering from surgery and the A to Z Challenge, I haven't blogged about what I'm reading since March 12. Time to get back into the swing of things, I think!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules for participating:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser is from The Dreams That Stuff Is Made Of : The Most Astounding Papers on Quantum Physics and How They Shook the Scientific World edited by Stephen Hawking. I am excited to finally be able to read this book, since it includes some really landmark articles by Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Erwin Schrodinger, Richard Feynman, and other physicists.
Before proceeding to discuss the explicit significance of quantum mechanics it is perhaps right for me to deal briefly with this question as to the existence of matter waves in three-dimensional space, since the solution to this problem was only achieved by combining wave and quantum mechanics.
     A long time before quantum mechanics was developed Pauli had inferred from the laws in the Periodic System of the elements the well-known principle that a particular quantum state can at all times be occupied by only a single electron.
-p. 243, "The Development of Quantum Mechanics", by Werner Heisenberg


What was the last book you were excited to read? What are you reading now?

-----The Golden Eagle


Emily Rose said...

This looks like a great book!

ps. Sorry to hear you had surgery! I hope you're feeling better:)

~Emily Rose

Maurice Mitchell said...

Hope you feel better soon Golden Eagle. It's amazing how well organized the periodic table is.

Pat Hatt said...

Back in the swing at your wing, sounds like one to read indeed.

Summer Ross said...

It does feel like it's been an amazingly long time! Thanks for sharing what you are reading. I can't say it's my kind of book- but it's always good to go outside one's own comfort zones.

Alan said...

Yours sounds like a nice, brainy read.

Mine is quite the opposite: a Sci-Fi novel based on some wacky pseudo-science, The Skin Map, by Stephen Lawhead. http://eyesandearsblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/teaser-tuesday.html

Stephanie Verhaegen said...

Great teaser!

Here's my teaser!

~Stephanie @ Bookfever

Melissa Owens said...

Great teaser, sounds like an interesting read!

My teaser is from THE HAUNTING SEASON by Michelle Muto.

Stephen Tremp said...

Hope you're feeling better soon. Glad to see you are posting!

I haven't read this book. I'll see if its at our local library this weekend.

shelly said...

Quantum physics is an interesting topic.

Hugs and chocolate,

Charles Gramlich said...

I've read a couple of his previous works. Need to read this one.

Heather said...

It has been a long time, I've missed your posts! You always read the most interesting books!

Anonymous said...

This sounds fascinating. I'd like to read more non-fiction.

I hope you're feeling better.

Tammy Theriault said...

i kept wanting to say stephen king...so deceiving!!

Mark Means said...

Hope you're feeling better with each day and there's nothing like a little 'light' reading, eh? :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi GE - glad you're recovering from the surgery .. but it does give an opportunity to lie up and read - very interesting book, which I suspect would be beyond me?! Sad, but true.

I read Alex first book recently and really enjoyed it .. his characters stand out ..

Cheers - Hilary

Sandy said...

That's an interesting meme. I'm not reading anything at the moment. Unless you count buying 3 Bibles because I couldn't make a decision which was best. Seriously, I couldn't make a decision. Paper is different, print size is different...the weight of the book is different. So, today SIL and I are going to compare.

You're the 2nd person today who's mentioned spam. My filters have been working pretty well, though I did change the settings to moderate comments on blog posts older then a month, so far that's working for me and I'm still able to leave name and url. So few people know how to hyperlink and the cut and paste url's are pain.
Oozing Out My EArs

I know and use the hyperlinks, but sometimes have to type them twice...the other is just so much easier. My biggest annoyance is people who leave the link to their google+ page instead of their blog.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Heard of this one for a while, sounds like a great read

....Petty Witter said...

Hoping your surgery wasn't for anything serious and that you are now well on the road to recovery. Interesting but I wouldn't have thought light reading.

Elaine Smith said...

I hope you are feeling fit and well. I enjoyed reading your interesting read - it adds a whole new dimension when you know what fed into the major scientific discoveries.

The Golden Eagle said...

Emily: It's very interesting.

Thanks! It was on March 15--so a while ago--but I didn't post between then and April 1st.

Maurice: Definitely.

Pat: I really like it.

Summer: You're very welcome!

Alan: I've never heard of that book. But pseudo-science in fiction can be pretty cool sometimes.

Stephanie: Thank you!

Melissa: Thanks. :)

Stephen: I'm back to normal now, pretty much.

Shelly: I love quantum physics. It's so complicated.

Charles: Likewise. I read A Brief History of Time but didn't get around to anything else by Hawking for a while.

Heather: Thanks for coming by and reading/commenting. :)

Medeia: I am, thank you. The surgery was a while ago now--but during recovery time I didn't post for Teaser Tuesday for a while.

Tammy: LOL. There are a lot of writers named Stephen.

Mark: Nope. ;)

Hilary: Maybe not. There's physics and mathematics, but the articles are relatively clear.


Sandy: Oh, there are such a variety of book printings, aren't there? When wandering around the bookstore I always notice all the different versions of various classics.

Glad your filters are working!

Google+ pages are a bit of a pain. I get that Google and users are trying to integrate into one central profile, but it's hard for Blogger users to navigate.

Holy Ghost Writer: It's fascinating!

Petty Witter: LOL. No, not exactly light reading--but I love science so it's right up my alley anyway.

Elaine: I am, thanks. :)

It does.

DWei said...

Bleh, I know how terrible you can feel after coming out of surgery.

Get well soon!

Paul Tobin said...

An interesting choice. I think that as a writer it is good to read a lot and to cover all sorts of texts-you never know when the information will come in handy.

Anonymous said...

Sounds super interesting!

Talli Roland said...

Glad you're feeling better!

The Golden Eagle said...

DWei: Thanks!

Paul: True. Though I doubt I'll be putting many technical details of quantum physics into my writing--even if I do love physics in novels!

Mac: It's a really good book.

Talli: Thank you. :)

Anonymous said...

Hey, that's good stuff! Never read Hawking, but I suppose I should at some point. Thoroughly enjoyed China Mieville's EMBASSYTOWN. Currently reading THE ROOK and skimming most of it. Not the best, to say the least.

The Golden Eagle said...

Milo: Aw, I'm sorry to hear your current read isn't so great. I still haven't read anything by China Mieville--he books have been on my TBR list for a long time.

Fe said...

I was looking for some fiction to read but eventually settled on two books. 'Here Be Dragons' by Dennis McCarthy and 'The Language of GOD' by Francis Collins.

I'm struggling to read the former. I'm not even a quarter of the way through and the arrogance and subjectivity of this author of biogeography irritates me to death. I find it particularly irksome but, as I know a number of people who espouse the worldview of this author, I will persevere for a while longer so that I can have a view of their beliefs. It may be that I won't be able to and the book may find its way on to the rubbish pile.

Here is just one section (as early as page 15) which irritated me in its arrogant subjectivity (my emphases):

"As the FACTS of heredity DEMAND, all organisms on this planet are physically linked through a material stream of genes that has flowed without interruption for billions of years from a single ancestral source. Those WHO TRULY GRASP this enjoy a world decorated by striking floristic and faunal patterns, all serving to illuminate the secret behind life and the grandeur of Darwin's discovery. THOSE WHO DENY EVOLUTION move through a FRACTURED and IRRATIONAL biotic world devoid of organic relation and marked only by CHAOS and DIM MIRACLES."

Man-oh-man, just writing out that extract sets my teeth on edge.

I think that rubbish heap beckons...

The Golden Eagle said...

Fe: Ouch. I think evolution is a legitimate scientific theory, but I do agree the author isn't doing a very good job at not sounding like an arrogant and inconsiderate jerk in that excerpt.

Lydia Kang said...

Hope you're all recovered (from both surgery and A-Z)!

Donna Hole said...

Well, I like that you posted this :) Yep, shows you as a student, and a geek. Good job.


Clarissa Draper said...

That book sounds fantastic. I want to get it.

michelle said...

I hope you are feeling much better Golden Eagle!
This book is EXACTLY your kind of book!

Writer In Transit

laughingwolf said...

love that hawking guy! :)

Theresa Milstein said...

A little light reading, eh?

I'm reading The Herbalist by Niamh Boyce. I've been looking forward to her debut for over a year. It was worth the wait!

The Golden Eagle said...

Lydia: Yup, I'm pretty much recovered now. :)

Donna: Thank you!

Clarissa: It's really interesting.

Michelle: I do love science material. :)

Laughingwolf: Same here. I'm really impressed by his work.

Theresa: LOL. Just a little.

Glad to hear you're enjoying the read! I love it when a book lives up to expectations.

Lynda R Young said...

Great tease. I'm not sure I could read it though

Michael Offutt, "Johnny on the Spot" said...

I really like the cover art.

Gina Gao said...

This sounds like a really good book! I'm sorry to hear about the surgery, hope everything turns out alright.


nutschell said...

wow sounds like a great book. I love learning new things so I'll definitely have to check this out.

Anonymous said...

I used to read many nonfiction books, but that was years ago. I'd like to get back into reading them. This sounds interesting.

Jai Joshi said...

I love that the title of this book is from Shakespeare's Tempest.

I hope your recovery from surgery is going well. I'm sorry that I didn't hear about it sooner. Best wishes, hon.


nutschell said...

wow. sounds like a great book. HOpe your surgery went well and that you're recovering wonderfully.

Shallee said...

This sounds fascinating! Hope you get feeling better.

The Golden Eagle said...

Lynda: Thanks!

I think you could. :)

Michael: Me, too. It's a great cover, especially for a science/non-fiction book.

Gina: Thank you. I'm back to normal now!

Nutschell: Hope you do. It's a really good book--though long!

Medeia: I've started reading more and more non-fiction books. They're fascinating.

Jai: It's a clever twist!

Thank you. :)

Nutschell: Thanks for the thoughts!

Shallee: The book really is.

Thank you.