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The Three Body Problem


KEV67

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I started reading this. I was a bit surprised.  It starts off during the Chinese Cultural Revolution in the 60s and 70s. Intellectuals were being horribly repressed.  I am a bit surprised a Chinese author felt he could set a book at this point of Chinese history.  The other thing that surprises me is that I thought it would be hard science.  Maybe it will be but part 1 was mostly Chinese modern history.  A three body problem is a sci-fi pun. It is mathematically very difficult to predict how three bodies in space will interact and revolve around each other. I suspect three bodies are approximately similar masses.

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I read this last year and I don't think I'm clever enough for all the science that comes later in the book! I thought the beginning was fascinating  as was the game, but I started to lose enthusiasm about half way though.

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The science and technology is coming a bit more to the fore. I am still in the first half. I have studied some of the technical stuff in the past, computers, radio signals, etc. However, whether I will keep up with the science in the second half, I don't know.

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I quite liked the chapter in which the game players made a computer processor out of soldiers holding white and black flags. 

I once read a non-fiction book called Alone in the Universe. The writer said the earth was very unusual in that our solar system is stable.  There are not many asteroids thrown hither and thither and making nuisances of themselves. The relative stability of the solar system allowed complex life to evolve, along with some other happy happenstances. So I doubt pretty much intelligent life could evolve in a solar system with three stars.

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As I said earlier the physics got too much for me! I tend to accept worlds in science fiction as I'm not knowledgeable enough to say 'That couldn't be so,' though my daughter who has a degree in chemistry gets very cross about impossibilities!

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