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Book Review: Special Relativity and Classical Field Theory (The Theoretical Minimum #3)

Special Relativity and Classical Field Theory: The Theoretical Minimum by Leonard Susskind and Art Friedman The third book in Susskind’s Theoretical Minimum series (based off the video lectures here) covers special relativity  and classical field theory, specifically electromagnetism (general relativity … Continue reading

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Book Review: Quantum Mechanics (The Theoretical Minimum #2)

Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum by Leonard Susskind and Art Friedman This book (based off of these lectures) came out a few years ago, and while I picked it up at launch I never quite finished it and it got … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lazy Universe

The Lazy Universe: An Introduction to the Principle of Least Action by Jennifer Coopersmith There is an interesting phenomenon of popular versions of more technical books. We have Feynman and Hibbs’ Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals being popularized in the form of … Continue reading

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Human race 2016 Kardashev score

BP has released its latest world energy outlook report, and from page 8 of the PDF here we see that total world energy consumption was 13,276.3 Mtoe in 2016. Following the prescription I laid out previously here, we can calculate human … Continue reading

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Year in review 2016

2016 is over, so it’s time to update the end-of-year civilization benchmarks. I’ve dropped the solar power production as energy was already covered by the Kardashev score and overindexing on one particular technology is probably unwise. I’m also not so … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hidden Order

Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life by David Friedman Hidden Order is my favorite popular economics introduction, because, rather than being a sequence of interesting stories making a point, it has the logic and structure of a textbook: starting … Continue reading

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