Update (November 2017): I received an advanced copy. How exciting!
Update (October 2017): The much changed version of the book with beautiful drawing by my daughter Neta Kalai is soon to appear in print. It is published by World Scientific. Here is its Amazon page. Here is the 2017 blog post.
Original 2009 post
I wrote a book. It is a sort of a popular science book and it is also about blogging and debating.
You can download the first part of the book : It is a 94 page pdf file.
Adventures in the
Blogosphere String War
selected and edited by Gil Kalai
Debates portrayed in books, are the worst sort of readings, Jonathan Swift.
In the summer of 2006 two books attacking string theory, a prominent theory in physics, appeared. One by Peter Woit called “Not even wrong” and the other by Lee Smolin called “The trouble with Physics.” A fierce public debate, much of it on weblogs, ensued.
Gina is very curious about science blogs. Can they be useful for learning about, or discussing science? What happens in these blogs and who participates in them? Gina is eager to learn the issues and to form her own opinion about the string theory controversy. She is equipped with some academic background, even in mathematics, and has some familiarity with academic life. Her knowledge of physics is derived mainly from popular accounts. Gina likes to debate and to argue and to be carried by her associations. She is fascinated by questions about rationality and philosophy, and was exposed to various other scientific controversies in the past.
This book uses the blog string theory debate to tell about blogs, science, and mathematics. Meandering over various topics from children’s dyscalculia to Chomskian linguistics, the reader may get some sense of the chaotic and often confused scientific experience. The book tries to show the immense difficulty involved in getting the factual matters right and interpreting fragmented and partial information.