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Kyte Gurner

Sydney, Australia
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A Timely Read

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-05-2019

This book is a timely read to get a better understanding of the current and future situation of emerging information technology.
I have found that most common literature on AI and other emerging information technologies have a Western flavor to it. Reading this book has given me a brief insight into the thinking process and cultural attitudes of the other major (and maybe even more influential?) global leader - China - in shaping the future of technology.

A fascinating speculation fiction

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Reviewed: 14-04-2019

Ball Lightning's story is okay, but I wouldn't say it is amazing. Where this book truely shines is in its speculation of uncharted physics. I found Cixin's speculation on physics to be quite fascinating and entertaining to listen to, and overall enjoyed this book very much.

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Great ending to a great series

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Reviewed: 08-04-2019

Death's End is a worthy ending to a truely amazing series. It isn't as thought provoking as the other books in the series, but overall is a great story. When I first began reading the 'three body problem' series, I was not expecting such a drastic shift in setting..... Cixin Liu's imagination is truely astonishing.

Beyond Expectation - Thought Catalysing

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Reviewed: 26-03-2019

I quite enjoyed the first book of the Three Body Problem series, so I gave this one a listen. This book was even more unputdownable than the first book! I found the ideas explored in this book to be quite profound and seriously thought provoking. I can't wait to start reading the last book of the series. I am hooked!

Unexpected twist - Must Read for any physicist

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Reviewed: 20-03-2019

I really enjoyed this book. I usually do not read fiction books, but the physics-y title drew me in. The story follows a physicist that uncovers the mysteries of a strange organisation, and the secrets behind a strange online VR game called 'Three Body'. In the process, he discovers many weird things that cannot be explained by the laws of physics, such as the strangely fluctuating CMB and the break down of local position invariance. The unexpected unraveling of the mysteries presented in the story was extremely gripping. I will surely read/listen to more fiction, thanks to this book!

Great, but a bit tedious

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 20-03-2019

48 Laws of power contains many jewels of valuable wisdom that is insightful and crucial for any leader. Despite this, I found it very tedious listening to the examples and counter examples stories used to back up each 'law'. It felt like the most important messages were sparce. I understand that some people enjoy the careful elaboration on each insight that this book provides, but be aware that this book will not be a fast listen.

Theory into practice

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Reviewed: 20-03-2019

This book is unique in that not only does it explores many interesting ideas and topics in computer science such as caching and optimal stopping, it goes onto explaining how these topics can be applied in real daily life, such as the optimal algorithm to settle on a car park when searching for a parking spot. The book's strong focus on real life applications of the theories makes the book extremely engaging to listen to. Highly recommended!