An Absolutely Remarkable Thing – Hank Green
Thoughts: I found An Absolutely Remarkable Thing to be an excellent read - I devoured it within 18 hours.
Things I liked about it:
- Green manages to bring together many disparate domains in crafting the plot of the book, and I appreciated the research/knowledge that went into understanding these topics. Every time I came across a somewhat obscure reference that I had knowledge of, I was doubly excited: I know what he’s talking about, and he knows what he’s talking about.
- in particular, I was happy that concertinas constituted a plot point
- Complex characters, and good character development
- Scores well on the Bechdel test, other similar tests
One passage I found worth highlighting:
“I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of Occam’s razor, but, basically, it’s a principle that the simplest solution tends to be the correct one. It’s BS. If there’s an objective measure of simplicity (outside of, like, entropic ones), I haven’t seen it.”
Green, Hank. 2018. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. Dutton.
Posted: Dec 02, 2020. Last updated: Aug 31, 2023.