There was one comment that both puzzled and annoyed me in Chapter three. At the very beginning of the chapter Nelson says that not being able to predict the actual measured values of something is a blessing in disguise. He then explains this by saying no-one would want a list of positions and velocities of the air molecules in a room as this would be an absurd amount of useless information.
But I disagree with him here. Granted that measuring these values for air molecules in a room would be particularly boring, however if you could apply this to useful situations such as the folding of a protein it would be very useful. As for the comment about the amount of information, I thought that was what computers were used for; maybe I’m just lazy though.
I understand that his comment was probably an interesting way of introducing probability distributions but I still think that given the option both Biologists and Physicists would opt for the ability to make accurate predictions rather than probabilistic estimates.