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Book Review: How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

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How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu is simultaneously a commentary on contemporary society, as well as an adventure into the real universe layered with playful meta science fiction. Yu believes that everyone carries the burden of life’s uncertainties, worries, concerns, and the unexplained phenomena of human emotions which includes seeking out loved ones.

Yu discusses how the extended family is the converse of the alternative self. Your relatives may be in contact; however, life itself is not permanent. Yu states that : “At some point in your life, this statement will be true: Tomorrow you will lose everything forever. ” The march of time forces each of us to move on despite our experiences with friends, relatives, and significant others.

There is a theoretical physical side to Yu’s book. The author portrays a world in which there is a different presentation of the universe each day. He explains that the universe has no cause. The state of the universe is one of entropy with an infinite loop across a Euclidean Plane.

Entropy has been defined as the ultimate degradation of the matter and energy in the universe to a state of inert uniformity. In addition, entropy has been referred to as the amount of disorder in a thermodynamic system that in essence refers to unavailable energy to do work.

How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe  is a complex book which covers the dynamics of contemporary society, contradictions in the physical universe, and meta science fiction all in one. The presentation poses challenging concepts for readers to mull over and debate.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.