This book was mentioned on a podcast I was listening to recently. I originally planned to buy it once I’m back in Oxford (sometime in September inshaAllah), but failed to overcome my craving and ended up purchasing it last weekend.
The Big School building is 111 years old this year. For some reason this reminds me of Bilbo Baggins, who slipped on the One Ring and vanished from sight during his “eleventy first”, or 111st, birthday party.
In my previous post, I touched on the importance of mathematics and statistics in science. Naturally, I’m not the first person to have said this; others have put it in a much more elegant manner.
Take for example, Galileo, who said that the book of the Universe:
Cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and to understand the alphabet in which it is composed. It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles and other geometric figures, without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it; without these, one wonders about in a dark labyrinth.
Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642)
I found this quote in the book I’m currently reading (re-reading, who am I kidding?) which is ‘Science: A History‘ by John Gribbin. Incidentally, the bookmark that I’m using is a Magic: The Gathering card called ‘Magical Hacker‘. Printed on the card is this message, which I will let you try to decipher: