Tom Holland’s “Athelstan” – book review

“It was the most terrible conflict that anyone could remember. Entire kingdoms were mobilized for combat. Slaughter fit to stupefy poets was visited on the ranks of the rival combatants. The memory of it would long endure. (…)  “Æðelstan cyning lædde fyrde to Brunanbyrig”: Athelstan the king led the levy to Brunanburh. (…) At stake, though, was not just the future of Athelstan’s kingdom. Beyond the world … Continue reading Tom Holland’s “Athelstan” – book review

Margaret A. Boden “Artificial Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction” – book review

I love the Very Short Introduction book series. Some are worse, some are better : but they often provide a concise overview of a complex subject and an in-depth reading list for those who want to learn more. Boden’s Artificial Intelligence is a particularly good example of A Very Short Introduction. Margaret A. Boden is a recognized expert in the field of artificial intelligence. I’ve … Continue reading Margaret A. Boden “Artificial Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction” – book review

John le Carré “Agent Running in the Field” – book review

This book was published in 2019 when John Le Carré was 88 years old. One can only hope to be in such great mental form at his age. It appears there’s nothing like writing a spy novel to keep your brain sharp. Agent Running in the Field is not Le Carré’s best novel: but then, Le Carré at his best is very good indeed. This … Continue reading John le Carré “Agent Running in the Field” – book review