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Manny Rayner's book reviews

I love reviewing books - have been doing it at Goodreads, but considering moving here.

Currently reading

The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
Richard Dawkins
R in Action
Robert Kabacoff
Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies
Douglas R. Hofstadter
McGee on Food and Cooking: An Encyclopedia of Kitchen Science, History and Culture
Harold McGee
Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood
Simon Evnine
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (Information Science and Statistics)
Christopher M. Bishop
Relativity, Thermodynamics and Cosmology
Richard C. Tolman
The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition
Julia Herschensohn, Martha Young-Scholten

L'itinéraire spirituel de Georges Lemaître

L'itinéraire spirituel de Georges Lemaître - Dominique Lambert There's this passage in Orlando Furioso, quoted at length in Anthony Powell's Hearing Secret Harmonies, where Orlando's friend Astolpho meets Time in person. Time is frantically busy dumping things in the Well of Oblivion. Nearly all of what is thrown in stays there, but every now and then an item is rescued by one of the local swans, who bears it away to the Temple of Fame. Powell uses this image throughout the book as a metaphor for rescuing the past.

The author of the present book, Dominique Lambert, is evidently a swan, and his life work has been to rescue Georges Lemaître from the Well of Oblivion and restore him to his rightful position in the Temple of Fame.

The rest of this review is in my book If Research Were Romance and Other Implausible Conjectures