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The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu • science fiction • novel • China

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technology ● future ● novel

Recommendation 3 / 5

“The Three-Body Problem” is the first novel of the “Remembrance of Earth’s Past” trilogy. A best-seller in its native China and very popular in the US. The book tells the story about Ye, a Chinese astrophysicist who tries to stop a mysterious global catastrophe that may have extraterrestrial origins. It offers a very different sort of plot than the usual space opera or whatever, but what impressed me the most was the obviously critical stance towards speaking about the cultural revolution in China…

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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn • history of science • popular science

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technology ● history ● civilisation

Recommendation 4 / 5

In classical science, there are puzzle pieces that don’t fit the existing equations. Once there are too many discoveries that do not fit the existing premises, gradually a new concept evolves. What makes the whole idea more tangled is the fact that there mightn’t be necessarily a clear starting point of that new concept since there are always people exploring outside the accepted doctrine to clarify anomalies.

In my opinion, the essential message…