Thursday, 6 August 2015

Science Rocks!

To most persons, science seems to be an abstract subject. However, most of us are consumers therefore the technology behind scientific discoveries assist us in our daily lives. For example, when we sit down to eat our cornflakes for breakfast, we don't think about the special conditions that were responsible for growing the actual corn plants to maturity.

 In addition, when we drop that bowl in the sink and rush off to work, we don't have time to consider that it takes approximately 60 to 70 days for smaller varieties of the corn plant to become fully ripe.

My next book review was based on a scientific facility. Author Urno Barthel's novel entitled Death by Probability is an intriguing murder mystery.  Mr. Barthel is an actual physicist who is now a writer. I wrote this review on 15 June 2014.

He had this to say about my review:-"the reviewer writes a thoughtful and thorough review. Overall this reviewer does an excellent job." Read my analysis below.                                                                                                                
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Death by Probability is a suspense novel surrounding the death of Willard, a scientist at the HAL facility. The main character, Evan Olsson, is thrown into the deep end when he tries to solve this murder mystery. Evan was being trained by Willard for about a month and, before his death, Willard sent Evan an encrypted video message informing him of the work he wanted Evan to continue for him. Willard had apparently stumbled upon some evidence leading to an impending dangerous coup or disaster. He wanted Evan to dig further so as to expose the perpetrators. The intrigue is set in motion when Evan seeks to trim his list of likely suspects. Almost all of the science lab employees were eligible. The process of elimination was very tedious. Evan deliberated as to the motives and interpersonal work relationships of each co-worker to solve this murder. Author Urno Barthel also reveals the development of Evan’s non-existent love life to one of passionate togetherness with Lissa, the sister of one of Evan’s work mates.

Death by Probability is a well developed book which is very intriguing. The pace is a bit slow at first, but as the action surrounding Willard’s death steps up, the plot becomes more enthralling. I love the way in which Mr. Barthel switches between Evan’s work life and love life throughout the novel. This makes Evan seem more realistic and it also gives you the impression that human interaction is vital to our social existence as humans. In contrast to Evan’s consistent dialogues with his personal computer, Al, it is gratifying to see Evan have an emotionally satisfying personal relationship at last. This aspect of man vs machine has far-reaching implications. According to Mr. Barthel’s story, the development of computer technology is both good and bad. It can easily replace the need for human interaction as well as create intentional disasters akin to the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy. Death by Probability is an interesting read concerning technological advancement. I recommend it to all readers looking for a suspenseful high.   

I take this opportunity to big up all scientists throughout the world who strive to make our world a better place!            
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