From Library Journal
These "notes" concerning "simplicity and complexity and what their intellectual role is and has been" are not very systematic but are wide in scope: they address psychology, art, evolution, metaphysics, and dining. In them, Slobodkin makes a number of serious points about the relations between intuition and analysis and of the importance of simplification to understanding. These occur, however, amidst many more modest, even confusing passages. Furthermore, many of the author's points have been made before, and many of them more eloquently developed in the works of Nelson Goodman ( Of Mind & Other Matters , Harvard Univ. Pr., 1984). So although the book is not without merit and occasionally entertaining, it cannot be highly recommended for purchase.- Bruce Umbaugh, Univ. of Maryland, College Park
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This is a timely book. In an age of specialization--a tendency that bewilders most citizens, and in the long run threatens intellectual activity in our civilization--Slobodkin is able to write about the connections between science, art, games, and dining in an important and entertaining way. I think it will be a classic. (Daniel B. Botkin University of California, Santa Barbara