Review: Smashing Physics by Ron Butterworth

Butterworth is one of the experimental physicist responsible for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). In Smashing Physics, he gives a glimpse of the modern physics world, the theory, the knowledge and some of the concerns that shakes the community.

Butterworth’s writing makes it very easy to understand the concepts. Although he does not dwells into the mathematics behind the theories, he has given his readers a rather deep overview of what modern physics consist of.

Throughout the book, there are sections filled with explanations, explaining and describing to the readers are quarks are, what the standard model is, how the experiment works. All this is very interesting knowledge.

To contrast the inherent technical nature of the book, Butterworth also includes many short stories about his travels around the world as a physicists attending conventions. All these provide the much needed mental break after each information dump.

The book is a great introduction to particle physics. Butterworth has put in much effort to explain his concepts by describing his thinking process. It is a great book to get you hooked to learning more about modern physics.

As for the sketchnotes, I tried as hard as I can do include the information, but if there are any errors or mistakes about the physics, do drop me a comment to inform me. Thanks.



Review: Logo Design Love by David Airey

A great introduction to brand and identity design. The book showcases different design projects, placing emphasis on showcasing the design thinking process of the designers, taking the readers through the design journey.

Although it may not be a step by step instruction manual, the concepts introduced are fairly useful and can be applied to various forms of design in general. It will serve as a good guide for a beginner to learn the workflow of different established designers.


Review: Accidental Genius by Mark Levy

This is a piece of work inspired by Peter Elbow’s Writing with Power. Many of the concepts here are introduced in Writing with Power as one of the tools for writing.

In this book however, Levy chooses to focus on use of free writing to generate ideas and organize process thoughts. He applies it to his own experiences to show us how to free writing has helped in his article writing assignments. Along the way, he also provides many tips to help writers get on with generating new ideas.

It is a great book compliment to Peter Elbow’s Writing with Power, providing a more directed and practical approach to writing.

Review: Gambling Theory by Mason Mulmuth

A great introduction to gambling concepts. However, Mason did not really wrote this book with beginners in mind, hence does not go in-depth as to the “step-by-step” of gambling. That said, this book is rather easy to follow, and gives a general sense of what to expect when you go pro gambling.

The book list at the end of the book was especially helpful. It culls all the great books and separated them from those with dubious content. It makes sure you gets it right the first time round.


Review: Fooling Houdini by Alex Stone

This book gives an interesting insight into the world of magic. In Fooling Houdini, Stone described how his own fascination with magic have so deeply affected how he interacted with the world around him, giving him a whole new perception on the world.

This book is a great inspiration that gives impetus to hone one’s craft. In Stone’s search for his unique form magic, he took advantage of his awe of the mysterious to gather new knowledge and finally produced a trick of his own.

Stone’s book serves as aspiration for amateur magicians to start working on their craft so that they can one day showcase a performance they can truly call their own.


Review: The Nature of Software Development by Ron Jeffries

Jeffries included many of his personal insights into the book. Although this book does not really provide an actual framework that one can easily “plug and play”, it explains the rationale behind many modern management frameworks targeted at tech startups and firms.

Although this book is not exactly useful in itself, it is a great compliment to books that details how to execute certain agile framework such as scrum and XP.


Review: Smart Change by Art Markman

This book covers many concepts behind behavior and motivation. Using findings from certain research, Markman has created a system that makes use of all these human tendencies to help build new habits and stop new ones.

The concepts in this book is simple to understand, but may be too commonplace to be considered unique advice. But considering that there is a system built around habit building, it certainly saves a lot of legwork of your own.

The companion website comes with a journal template to help you get started on building new habits. It is a great resource to take a look at.