Book review – Ubiquity by Mark Buchanan


Fawning reviewers of Ubiquity: The Science of History… or Why the World is Simpler Than We Think (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2000) included Niall Ferguson, Chris Lavers, John Gribbin and Edward Skidelsky.

My review:  disparate collection of facts and quotes masquerading as a theory of history. I want my money back.

If Buchanan didn’t have a PhD in physics, had not edited Nature and had not been involved in New Scientist, no responsible publisher would have touched this with a barge pole. Its absence from New York Review of Books probably says enough.

Almost as bad as the crap which Bantam Press a division of Random House published as “1421: The year China Discovered the World” by Gavin Menzies. Make the effort to see the how the Australian Broadcasting Commission’s TV current affairs program 4Corners exposed Random House on this publication. Random House knew Menzies was a nutter and knew the maps were fake. Sad.


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