The Grad Student and the Dropout

Russell Turpin deafbox at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 29 20:37:55 PDT 2003


Jeff Bone:
>The unlucky dropout happened to be carrying a copy of _The Tao of Physics_, 
>and got an hourlong earful of how shitty that book is and how bad pop-sci 
>books are in general as learning tools. The dropout never finished said 
>book, in fact stopped reading pop-sci almost entirely from that point, 
>having gained an appreciation (some might call it a serious jones) for 
>going to source material directly and gleaning what he could from it.

Who knows what small ripple will start a large
tide?

>Can we actually short-circuit this process? Why would you want to?

Just a wild thought. In this case, it's pop
philosophy rather than pop science, and I
should have remembered that it was partly
covered by 'Sophie's World.'


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