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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
The Physics of Star Trek - Lawrence M. Krauss, Stephen Hawking There's an interesting discussion of the physics of transporter beams in section 23.9 of Penrose's The Road to Reality. Among other things, Penrose points out that teleportation is, in principle, achievable by sufficiently ingenious use of quantum entanglement. It requires, however, that the original is destroyed, since an ability to create perfect copies would violate Heisenberg Uncertainty: by creating enough copies, you could pin down the quantum state as accurately as you wanted, an impossibility.

Is any of this discussed in Krauss's book? I'm curious.