This post will be slightly different from my usual overviews of the information technology world.
I want to share with you how counterproductive I spent last week and how much I enjoyed it. Since trips are now related to the difficulties of passing tests and sitting on quarantine, we stayed at home, and I read the book has been on my list for a long time, but my hands did not reach it. It’s “Foundation” by Isaac Asimov. The pretty big one: seven separate books joined one story-line.
I have not read fiction for a long time, especially science fiction. So, it was an exciting feeling. In a few words, the story’s plot is that people settled across millions of planets in an empire with centralized control in the distant future. A mathematician enters the scene with the idea of developing a new science – psychohistory. This science is a mixture of statistical analysis of big historical data and turning it into mathematical equations that describe the past and the future with some probability.
Any engineer knows that systems with a single point of failure sooner or later start to fail. So, according to the psychohistory, the probability of the fall of an empire is 99%. The collapse is inevitable and will lead to the decline of the Empire, loss of knowledge, and a protracted crisis for 30 thousand years. Using equations, the hero finds one possible way to mitigate it with a “shorten crisis” of a thousand years.
What is the beauty of the book? Vivid characters, detective plot twists, and most importantly, for me, reflect the ideas of an ideal community. What could it be, what price should pay society for an “ideal world.”
To summarize: I recommend it for reading to everyone. I will be happy to discuss with you your impressions of the book. What have you read lately?