The review in question was published in The Sydney Morning Herald's Spectrum supplement at the weekend, and is available on-line here. The following excerpt was remarkable:
Even if M-theory is the best candidate for a Theory of Everything, it will not, as Hawking concedes, result in anything more than a collection of unproved and unprovable hypotheses.2. Exactly (precisely?) what I was thinking!
Here's a letter which was published on page twenty-five of today's edition of the Sydney Daily Telegraph and which points out an all-too-common grammatical error which vexes me too:
For years the signs at railway stations have warned us that steps "may be" (that is are permitted to be) slippery when wet. Finally, this ungrammatical phrase is now correct. To avoid slips on the newly refurbished Macarthur station, carpets are being laid as a safety measure. Perhaps State Rail should have warned the wet areas "might be" (this expresses possibility, not permission) slippery.
M. Chaldecott Lindfield
3. The Stockholm Bloodbath: An episode in Scandinavian history of which I had not heard
I was interested to learn the following in the "on this day" section of the history page of today's Sydney Daily Telegraph (p. 39):
The execution of more than 80 Swedish nobles and clergy, who opposed their country's invasion by Christian II of Denmark, begins in Stockholm. The dissidents are accused of heresy.
4. The latest development/s in Australia regarding so-called gay marriage
4.1 "Mark Arbib wants Labor to back gay marriage"
4.2 "Powerbrokers call for gay marriage debate"
(See also the responses in The Australian's editorial and letters sections.)
5. Interesting books reviewed in the weekend papers
A Place for Truth: Leading Thinkers Explore Life's Hardest Questions
Edited by Dallas Willard
IVP Books,321pp, $27.95
[...] Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences
By Cordelia Fine
Icon Books, 338pp, $29.99
Feast of the Four Crowned Martyrs, A.D. 2010