Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures
Dorothy, Katherine and Mary have finally a white male police officer escorting them to office after acquiring the fact that they work for NASA.

It takes courage to be the first, especially within a society suffers from racial discrimination. Being ignored, neglected, is nothing compared to psychological torture experienced by the victim. It’s only those who have experienced similar behavioral process who can understand the importance of non-primordial issues, character and meritocracy above everything. It takes sensible human being to promote equality in order to achieve greater good. That’s the story learned from Hidden Figures which is Kevin Costner’s latest movie visualizing the role of Katherine Johnson during NASA’s first space program. Among African-American women in the institution, Katherine was the one responsible to perform calculation of flight trajectories for Read more

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Other Colours

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Other Colors: A non-fiction written by Ferit Orhan Pamuk

What does a note mean to a writer? I don’t know the answer at first. The worse was that I could not discover the importance of making notes to a writer. I was so naive to think that the way a writer works was less complicated than a process engineer in a chemical factory: first, determine the existing chemical reactions and the overall process outflow; second, define the raw materials and products in order to calculate the material and energy balance; and, third, optimize the way utility system works. Apparently, the way a marvelous writer works is much more harder and complex than a common process engineer since the first tends to work in greater details. To an excellent writer, like Ferit Orhan Pamuk for instance, there is nothing useless. Any information, any experience is valuable to his career. I got this finding when I read Other Colors: Essays and A Story, a book composed by Orhan Pamuk, the celebrated Turkish writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006

Being a writer is special since it means that you let people read you. It is not only the work(s) that can be read, but you’re readable also. The more people follow you and your works anytime you publish them, it means that Read more

Great Physicists: The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking

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Great Physicists – The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking: A non-fiction by William H. Cropper

The word of science and discovery might be boring for some, especially when both delivered by the wrong teacher and biographer. But, this book will erode such feeling and emotion. William H. Cropper is far from mediocre biographer on scientists, and he proofs it in his Great Physicists: The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking.
As the title suggests, the book contains biographical records of some notable physicists. The full title is Great Physicists: The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking. At first, the book looks like a compilation of Read more

Imamul Muhtadin: The True Story of Muhammad’s Cousin, The Fourth Caliph, and Fatima’s Beloved Husband

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Imamul Muhtadin: The True Story of Muhammad’s Cousin, The Fourth Caliph, and Fatima’s Beloved Husband A biography of Ali bin Abi Thalib a.s. by H.M.H. Al Hamid Al Husaini

Ali bin Abi Thalib is placed second among the list of important figures in Islam. The cousin of Mohammed the Prophet has tremendous and outstanding role on the spread of Islam and and Islamic teaching. History has provided us the fact that Ali bin Abi Thalib is among the first believer of Mohammed – and the youngst of all. When teens of his age were very busy, Ali bin Abi Thalib had surrendered himself to Islam, by taking risky acts to protect the life of Mohammed the Prophet, his own cousin. Such brave attitude gets stronger by the time he is getting older. That is why Mohammed the Prophet loves him very much, and commences him as military commander in some battles. In addition to his magnificent strength, Ali bin Abi Thalib is considered as the most intelligent among his contemporaries. For that, Mohammed the Prophet said that if Mohammed is the city of knowledge, then Ali bin Abi Thalib is the gate to the city. There is no single knowledge Mohammed the Prophet possesses that is not passed and Read more

Bernanke’s Test: Ben Bernanke, Alan Greenspan, and the Drama of the Central Banker

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Bernanke’s Test: Ben Bernanke, Alan Greenspan, and the Drama of the Central Banker A non-fiction by Johan Van Overtveldt

Alan Greenspan’s era is now over, and new guy must lead Federal Reserves. A man named Benjamin Bernanke – simply called Ben Bernanke – is appointed as the new leader of the most prestigious and dominating central bank in the world. Raised in a Jewish family, the MIT professor on economics has to cope with the declining economy of his country as the result of the work of Alan in the past.

Indeed, Bernanke’s Test is a book about economy, especially banking. However, what makes it interesting, according to my opinion, is the way the book presented. This book is truly educational one. First, it is published not to commemorate or Read more

Schindler’s List

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Schindler’s List: A fictional biography of Oskar Schindler by Thomas Keneally

The name Oskar Schindler will never be forgotten, especially among Jewish community. Prominent German industrialist who made fortune during World War II, Oskar is highly praised for being the first businessman to perform practical philanthropy in modern world by saving the lives of Jews from further horror: death. It was something dangerous, especially for a member of Nazi party like him.

Written by Thomas Keneally, Schindler’s List serves as a fictional biography of the honorable live-saver. It took years for Thomas to complete the book. But, he got assistance and support from the descendants of the Schindler Juden who had given him resources needed. The hard work finally paid off since Steven Spielberg put the Read more

A Beautiful Mind

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A Beautiful Mind: A non-fiction by Sylvia Nasar

The life of the late John Nash (1928-2015) is a vivid example of the transformation of rumor into world legend. There was a time in Princeton University people, who did not know his undertaking during his youth, called him ‘Phantom of the Fine Hall’. Died last May in a car accident with his beloved wife, Alicia Larde, whom he met while was in MIT, his existence has inspired many. It is easy to understand and follow the rise and fall of a businessman. But, it is difficult to comprehend and appreciate the rise and fall of a genius. Nash, who had spiraled into schizophrenia in 1950s, sparks controversy when Nobel committee refuses to grant him the prize. It takes 45 years for him to Read more

Jews, God and History

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Jews, God and History: A history book by Max I. Dimont

Judaism and Jewish people have been living in this world for about 6 millions years according to the writer of this book, Max I. Dimont. Such span of time implies contributions to mankind. However, what happens to this group of people so far in terms of historical treatment have created poor judgments and poor understandings on their presence. And this book wants to unearth the hidden facts behind historical treatment upon Jewish people.

Written in long passages, Jews, God and History provides no boredom thanks to the brilliance and witty style Max I. Dimont performed. He writes in details, even the tiniest and earliest part, the history of Jewish people.

Max I. Dimont starts the book with the invention of God by Abraham. He assumes that Abraham is Jewish and that it is Jewish people Read more