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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn
Khun's ideas are thought provoking for the most part. He even invented the current usage of the word paradigm as it relates to science. However, his writing style is unnecessarily long winded, so much so that I often forgot his point by the time I reached the end of a sentence. He also used words like lacuna, seriatim, heuristic, ontology, incommensurable, etc. when using simpler words would probably help clarify his meaning and maybe help him be more precise. His writing style seems to make his good simple ideas obscure and difficult. Ironically, his confusing style would never be accepted by a science journal. He desperately needed to read Elements of Style, by Strunk and… Read more
Not Always So: Practicing  The True Spirit Of Zen by Shunryu Suzuki
One of the most insightful books I've ever read. Even so, I didn't understand some of it. His teachings seem multidimensional, fluid, and sometimes difficult to pin down. His emphasis on the present everday life is also unique among the Zen books I've read. Example: "When you observe the precepts without trying to observe the precepts, that is true observation of the precepts." Others devote many pages to what Suzuki expresses so succinctly.
Nothingness: The Science Of Empty Space by Henning Genz
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!, March 18 2003
Shows that the boundaries between science, religion, and philosophy have always been arbitrary and meaningless. The discussion of the Casimir effect - the finding that the vacuum exerts pressure - is mind blowing. Those who are familiar with Zen will be struck by the parodoxical finding that nothing is not nothing at all, just as Zen tradition maintains. Very perplexing.