A fascinating but ultimately unpersuasive call for a revolution in modern physics.



A reconsideration of the nature of time and the consequences for modern physics.

According to author Palazzo (Are the Laws of Physics Weird?, 2016, etc.), the stubborn resistance of time to definitive elucidation is the function of a long-standing mistake: Motion has long been considered a function of the relationship between distance and time, which makes time a fundamental concept and motion a derivative one. Palazzo, however, provocatively suggests that relationship is reversed: Motion is fundamental, and time is a convenient mental construct devised to measure motion. In fact, the author considers the system of numbers and the whole of mathematics to be a mental contrivance, psychologically necessary to organize the world of matter in motion but ontologically unreal, a central assumption never sufficiently demonstrated. The remainder of Palazzo’s work is a meditation on the ramifications of this revision and a view of the cosmos as a collection of material objects moving through space. For example, the Minkowski coordinate system is better understood as a graph since observable motion is three-dimensional. Energy and entropy require a substantive revaluation as well, and the author proposes a new, third law of kinematics. Regarding quantum mechanics, the traditional relationship between waves and particles is overturned when a wave is redefined as a mathematical function—an actual medium isn’t necessary for the transference of energy from particle to particle. Palazzo also highlights a central difficulty of general relativity—it doesn’t provide a complete picture of gravitational force and cannot adequately account for galactic stellar motion. Finally, Palazzo explores the cosmological implications of interpreting gravity as a “fictitious force,” especially for the Big Bang theory. The author’s efforts are remarkably ambitious, and his command of the material is powerful. Also, he manages to traverse an enormous swath of intellectual ground in just over 130 pages. The writing, however, is prohibitively dense and will only be accessible to those with an advanced understanding of modern physics. Also, Palazzo’s contention that “the Ancients” defined time independent of motion is both false (Aristotle explicitly linked the two) and vague (who counts as ancient?).

A fascinating but ultimately unpersuasive call for a revolution in modern physics.

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Page Count: 139

Publisher: Kurti Publishing

Review Posted Online: July 11, 2018

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Doyle offers another lucid, inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.

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More life reflections from the bestselling author on themes of societal captivity and the catharsis of personal freedom.

In her third book, Doyle (Love Warrior, 2016, etc.) begins with a life-changing event. “Four years ago,” she writes, “married to the father of my three children, I fell in love with a woman.” That woman, Abby Wambach, would become her wife. Emblematically arranged into three sections—“Caged,” “Keys,” “Freedom”—the narrative offers, among other elements, vignettes about the soulful author’s girlhood, when she was bulimic and felt like a zoo animal, a “caged girl made for wide-open skies.” She followed the path that seemed right and appropriate based on her Catholic upbringing and adolescent conditioning. After a downward spiral into “drinking, drugging, and purging,” Doyle found sobriety and the authentic self she’d been suppressing. Still, there was trouble: Straining an already troubled marriage was her husband’s infidelity, which eventually led to life-altering choices and the discovery of a love she’d never experienced before. Throughout the book, Doyle remains open and candid, whether she’s admitting to rigging a high school homecoming court election or denouncing the doting perfectionism of “cream cheese parenting,” which is about “giving your children the best of everything.” The author’s fears and concerns are often mirrored by real-world issues: gender roles and bias, white privilege, racism, and religion-fueled homophobia and hypocrisy. Some stories merely skim the surface of larger issues, but Doyle revisits them in later sections and digs deeper, using friends and familial references to personify their impact on her life, both past and present. Shorter pieces, some only a page in length, manage to effectively translate an emotional gut punch, as when Doyle’s therapist called her blooming extramarital lesbian love a “dangerous distraction.” Ultimately, the narrative is an in-depth look at a courageous woman eager to share the wealth of her experiences by embracing vulnerability and reclaiming her inner strength and resiliency.

Doyle offers another lucid, inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.

Pub Date: March 10, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9848-0125-8

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Dial

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2020

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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