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In a Flight of Starlings: The Wonder of Complex Systems

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Overall his writing skills are very good - easy to follow and grasp without getting lost in his thoughts. Studying the movements of these communities, he has realized, proves an illuminating way into understanding complex systems of all kinds-collections of everything from atoms and planets to other animals, such as ourselves.

However, after reading In a Flight of Starlings , I know one person who I’d be happy to hear ramble on and on about subjects I know little about. Giorgio Parisi is an Italian theoretical physicist and professor of theoretical physics at the Sapienza University of Rome. There were so many discussions about it, and it was amusing that everybody was saying that Parisi was saying this. A bunch of Italian physicists concocted a gizmo of numerous synced cameras, each taking stills of a murmuration.Earlier this year, he suggested that when cooking pasta, one should turn the burner off after adding the noodles to boiling water. As Parisi explains, its the inverse with quantum mechanics, where the evolution of the state is deterministic and the selection measurement is randomly chosen among the various possible outcomes of the experiment. The anecdotes failed to give any sense of personality or deliberative process, and the physics were explained (when they were explained, which wasn't often) as if to another professional physicist, and not to a regular reader.

Especially now, when I have left a room, and people talking, and the stone flags ring out with my solitary footsteps, and I behold the moon rising, sublimely, indifferently, over the ancient chapel — then it becomes clear that I am not one and simple, but complex and many. You’re angled into your pinched seat, and your seatmate starts telling you stories, at best, of unknown grandchildren and, at worst, vaguely offensive opinions about women in the military or crime in Chicago. In this delightful and deeply thoughtful book, Giorgio Parisi weaves a tapestry of experiences and ideas that connects disciplines and prepares us to appreciate the beauty, importance, and cultural value of science.I remember the head of one European government saying that “we cannot go into lockdown until the hospitals are full; otherwise people will not understand the decision to do so. They look forward only, to the bird ahead, maintaining constant distance so that all can fly at the same speed, much as humans driving at fast highway speeds do (for the most part).

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